What to pack for Jamaica

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  • Simple packing for jamaica

    by shell61 Written Aug 22, 2008

    Luggage and bags: If you can pack just a carry on.. this is the way to go. Avoid the lines and confusion at the airport..

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I over packed when I went, but being my 1st trip to Jamaica I wasnt to sure.I found that I wore lightweight sundress's every day..even shorts seemed to hot for me. I went to Jamaica in August.. very Hot.I did not take any long sleeve shirts.. no need..no sweatshirts or jackets... no need.Most hotels will wash clothes for a small fee.. I took small tide packets and handwashed in the sink..worked great..I also took a few extra hangers.. came in handy!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: brings LOTS of sunscreen..and bug spray...I had few bites,bugs werent an issue like I had read.

    Miscellaneous: I would suggest bringing those small single packs of flavor to add to water...it made keeping hydrated easier..if you are a ketchup fan bring a bottle along..I found jamaican ketchup not appealing!

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    What to Wear on an Island Adventure

    by TravellerMel Written Aug 1, 2008

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    Luggage and bags: daypack for beach/hiking

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Shorts, comfortable walking shoes, flip-flops for the beach, a pair of AquaSox for climbing waterfalls (and for the communal showers at the beach), lightweight rain jacket/poncho, light-weight cotton shirt and pants or skirt, and a swimsuit! Jamaica is very casual.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen, bug repellant, lotion, and aspirin for headaches after long days in the sun

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    Casual and comfortable

    by toonsarah Written Apr 16, 2008

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You'll find that casual dress is appropriate for all but the most formal restaurants in Jamaica, and is certainly the way to go during the day. Temperatures are pleasant all year round so cotton layers work well, and shorts are fine in most situations. You may get rain at any time of year (there's a reason for all that lush scenery!) but we never found the need for an umbrella - just enjoy the cooling shower, and if it gets too heavy take shelter and enjoy a cold beer while it passes :)

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: All the resorts are geared up for tourists so you can buy most basics, but you may not always find your favourite brand. And of course it goes without saying that you should bring any prescription medicines. We didn't have any major problems with bugs, but I picked up a few insect bites in Negril so some anti-histamine cream would be useful. And of course, don't forget a high SPF lotion - you're in the tropics here.

    Photo Equipment: There are lots of photo opportunities, from great scenery to quirky signs, friendly locals to beautiful birdlife. I found I used my zoom a lot to try to capture the hummingbirds at the Blue House (with limited success!) but otherwise any standard equipment should serve you well.

    Relaxing at the Negril Escape In the Blue Mountains, just after a downpour Dressed up for Valentine's dinner at the Rockhouse

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  • Less is not more, it's just less.

    by suegator Written Sep 27, 2007

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    Luggage and bags: Bring an extra suitcase or duffel bag as it's expensive to try to pick one up there.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Summer wear only. Only a few restaurants will require a man to wear a jacket, so I'd pass on that. Shoes are expensive so pack an extra pair of flip flops and sandals. Extra swimsuits are nice, you'll get plenty of use out of them. Bring a beach bag.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: The last place you want to go is to a Jamaican hospital. Bring all your medications and over-the-counter medications. Neosporin and bandaids are a must. Insect repellant is hard to find, so bring your own.

    Photo Equipment: Bring batteries. You'll pay 4 times as much for them in Jamaica. Be careful if bringing a laptop. Even in the finest hotels, it's the number one item that is stolen. Jamaica is a very poor country and theft is their biggest problem. Don't be a victim.

    Miscellaneous: Remember, this is an island that has to have everything imported. Don't expect to find things you 've forgotten for a decent price. I have friends who live on the island and I'm always bringing tons of stuff with me that they can't get there. Bring cheap toiletries or extra cheap shoes that you can ditch there at the end of your vacation. You can always leave it there but you can't always get it once you're on the island.

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  • Be prepared!

    by travelbugcheri Written Jul 26, 2006

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    Luggage and bags: Make sure your luggage locks. Keep your valuables out of your luggage.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: sandles, runners, comfortable clothes, bathing suit. 1 nice outfit for dinner and something sexy for the club!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: goldbond anti itch cream (for the mosquitos) Off or similar repellant....sun lotion

    Photo Equipment: digital camera...don't forget the memory stick...buy a new one if you can

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: beach towel/matt. Flippers and snorkel...expensive to rent or buy there!! Tubes (cheap in Canada and you can give them away to the local kids...very much appreciated) Sand toys...give them away too!

    Miscellaneous: If you are renting a house or villa I suggest a mosquito net for your bed (Ikea sells them, so does Pier One) Houses and condos usually don't have screens on the windows.

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    ~ Dont Forget These Items ~

    by Heavens-Mirror Written Apr 6, 2006

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    Luggage and bags: Make sure you attach something bright to your luggage so you recognise it easily at Montego Bay airport as we found it a nightmare trying to find our cases as they all looked the same.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring some sensible shoes to wear for Dunns River Falls... you have to do alot of walking and climbing so a good pair of shoes is needed for this.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring all your own toiletries as it is quite expensive in Jamaica. The only thing i found to be cheaper than at home was the Hawaiian Tropic Sun Lotions and Australian Gold. Bring any tampons/sanitary towels with you if you need them whilst away as there not as good as the ones at home.

    Photo Equipment: You can buy disposable cameras and underwater cameras in most shops in Jamaica but if you have a digital camera you can buy the memory sticks really cheap at duty free at the airports.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Loads of shops sell beachwear, sunglasses and tshirts really cheap in Jamaica. A good pair of sunglasses is always needed as the Sun is really bright on a clear sky.

    Miscellaneous: I found batteries to be expensive in Jamaica, 5 US Dollars for 2 AA batteries so make sure you bring plenty for your digital camera.

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    Bring heavy duty sunscreen

    by kyoub Written Jan 25, 2006

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    Luggage and bags: Bring what ever you want but you won't need much.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Cotton is the coolest fabric to wear. Short, tops, swimwear, cover-up and sandals will be about all you need here unless you are staying at a resort.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring everything that you will be needing. You may not find it here.

    Photo Equipment: Bring lot of film or a large memory card, extra battery, and a sun filter.

    Miscellaneous: Don't forget the sunhat and sun glasses.

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    Pack light

    by planxty Updated Jun 9, 2005

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Jamaica enjoys a pleasant climate and is warm the year round. Lightweight clothes are therefore in order, although perhaps a sweater for nights may be in order, although I never needed one.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I found toiletries and medical supplies to be easily obtained. You may want to bring your own insect repellant as the local product, brand name "Off," has, I'm led to believe, been banned in many countries as being unsafe.

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    A couple minor packing details

    by kenyatta Written Jan 30, 2005

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Pack very light. It's warm year round. A jacket or sweatshirt for a rare cool night during winter MAY be useful. Tshirts, shorts, wet/dry light walking sandals, Nike makes a great cheap one

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Mosquito repellant is helpful.

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    Take food and repellents!

    by coopergirl2003 Written Jun 12, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: Make sure they are very securely closed...our locks were nowhere to be found after both plane journeies!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 'Water shoes' if you want to climb up the Dunn's River falls (although our trainers were fine). The sea has exposed (and sharp) rocks in it so footwear is advisable (although we didn't bother...ouch!)

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Mosquito repellent, cream for the bites (which we forgot), antihistamines work well to reduce the swelling and constant itching!! Apparently garlic, marmite and vitamin B are really good natural repellents!

    Photo Equipment: A digital camera and digital video camera are must haves!

    Miscellaneous: Take a few bits of food if you're all inclusive and might arrive late...

    This is why you need a camera!

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    Good things to bring on a beach vacation

    by Dabs Updated Mar 29, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you are planning on visiting any of the falls or wading out into the water (lots of sea urchins-ouch!), a good pair of aqua shoes is a good investment. I saw lots of people wearing their tennis shoes which I assume would stay wet for the rest of the trip.

    If you are staying at an all inclusive, you should pack at least a nice pair of pants (men) and a skirt/sundress (women) if you plan on going to the reservation only restaurants.

    A hat is also a good idea, the part on my head always burns and then peels


    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen!!!! The sun is very intense in Jamaica.

    Photo Equipment: Pack an underwater camera-I missed out on manatee shots because I forgot to buy one, they don't have them out in the country.

    A disposable camera is also not a bad idea if you are planning on being out on the water in case it gets wet

    Miscellaneous: I find beach time the perfect time to catch up on reading-magazines are good or maybe that 700 page book that you keep meaning to start.

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  • Pack light

    by Widnwilly Written Jan 14, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: Take as little as possible. Make for less of a hassle at the air port

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Take a good pair of shoes and a pair of sandals. Anything else you may need for clothing can be purchased very inexpensively

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Take everything you may need.

    Photo Equipment: Take at least 2 cameras and lots of film or extra discs for your digital. Film is hard to find and expensive

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you stay at one of the resorts you won't need a thing

    Miscellaneous: SUNSCREEN and Aloe vera-A must

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    Pack light!

    by kooka3 Written Jun 23, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: You probably aren't going to do much back-packing, so bring something with wheels. That should do fine for you.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Pack light clothes! Lots of shorts, tee-shirts, sun dresses, BATHING SUITS!, tevas, etc. Your basic hot weather stuff. The average winter temps are in the 80s, average summer temps are low 90s. There is some rain, but it usually comes and goes quickly.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: SUNSCREEN! Plan on at least 8-12, even if you have a bit of a base tan. The people who were fairly pale were wearing about a 25-30. A few very tanned people were still wearing a 4.

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    Sun Block is a must here

    by tpangelinan Updated Apr 11, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: Leave room in your suit case for Tie-Dye T-Shirts, Rum, and Island Wood Carvings.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring a hat, think hot, hot, hot!!!
    No heavy clothes needed. More than one bathing suit a must have. If you plan to walk up the Dunns River Falls, bring water shoes.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Drinking Water was fine, I drank it everyday (and I'm delicate). Take skin lotion too, salt water, hot tub, and swimming pool are all hard on the skin, and trying a new lotion while on vacation is not a good idea.

    Photo Equipment: Take all you can, and if you have a digital camera, and a laptop, you can download and look at your pictures everynight. Another fun thing was we could email to other guests we became friendly with from all over the world.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you are on a public beach, take as little as possible with you.

    Miscellaneous: I took several bathing suits on this trip. Mike took 3. We both used EVERY ONE!!! Jamaica is a Water Lover's Paradise.

    1ST day in Jamaica
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    Save $ bring it with you.

    by kwaichang Written Apr 9, 2003

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Casual and dress casual clothes are fine. Don't forget flip flops and a bathing suit!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bug repellant is helpful and sunscreen too. Everything is more expensive when you go away so bring it with you.

    Photo Equipment: ASA 200 will cover most everything as long as you have high shutter speeds.

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