What to Pack for Jamaica

Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to visit one of the top destinations in the world! A trip to Jamaica is one of the top things on many many bucket lists, but how much do you really know about the tropical island? And what should you pack for the trip of a lifetime?

No need to worry, here’s a list of a dozen things you will need to pack for your epic adventure in an island paradise!

Item 1: Swimsuits

Jamaica is known for its excellent beaches and majestic falls. Whether it’s spring, summer or winter, the tropical island is sunny all year round and a visit to the beach should definitely be on the cards for your vacation. Water related activities such as snorkelling are offered by most resorts and you’ll want to have the option to partake in these benefits.

If you’re not that into the beach, then soaking up some sun poolside is definitely an option.

P.S. Beach wraps or cover ups are 100% recommended for those with sensitive skin, as it can get pretty hot on the island.

Item 2: Wide Brim Hat

 The sunshine in the tropics can be quite brutal. Wide brimmed hats are a must if you plan to engage in outdoor activities.

Item 3: Sun glasses

As mentioned earlier, the sunshine can be brutal. A swanky pair of shades will not only protect your eyes, but give you the ultimate vacation look while chilling on the beach.

Item 4: Beach Shoes

One of the must visit locations in Jamaica is the world famous Dunn’s River Falls. One of the thrills of visiting this eco-friendly attraction is climbing the winding and slippery falls. Such a feat will be virtually impossible without proper foot gear. A sturdy rubber soled beach shoes with proper grip will be a valuable asset for conquering the climb up Dunn’s River Falls.

Item 5: Beach Bag

This one is a given! A beach bag is an essential for all your go to beach items while on the island.

 While on the island, you won’t want to neglect your skin care. In this category, there are three must haves.

Item 6: Sunscreen

Again, the sun can be brutal. Protecting your skin is vital and sunscreen will be your best friend. It’s extremely important to wear it regularly and apply to all exposed areas of skin. Also, ensure that the sun screen you choose has SPF 30 and up protection for the best results.

Item 7: Sunburn relief cream

Now we know some of you won’t heed the warning to protect every inch of exposed skin, so in the event you are unfortunately sunburnt, a relief cream is good to have on hand. Aloe Vera Gel is a great natural option for quick relief. 

Item 8: Insect Repellent

This is a must have for a visit to any tropical country. While major towns and resorts may be mostly free of bugs and insects, you will need this for protection on excursions and outdoor adventures.

 Money and other important things!

 Item 9: Local Currency

When you arrived in Jamaica, the best change to exchange your currency for local money will be at the airport. If you are from the United States or the United Kingdom, then your currency will be accepted at most established businesses. In fact, many of the offerings in resort towns prefer when customers pay in US dollars over local currency.

However, if you are going to be shopping in local markets or from street vendors, local currency will be preferred.

N.B. In addition to having local currency, it is good to have a working knowledge of the exchange rate when compared to your local currency. This will help you to work out what is a good deal and what’s not.

Item 10: Professional Camera or Smartphone

Jamaica is a beautiful island with many picturesque locations. Having a great camera will help you capture the best moments of your vacation.

While a professional style camera will help you capture vivid pictures and videos, a smart phone will be just as good.

A waterproof phone carrier will be good for those trips to the beach.

Item 11: Flip Flops and Comfortable Shoes

There’s nothing worse than using beach showers while barefooted. Plastic flip flops are essential for the beach and other quick outings. If you intend to engage in other outdoor activities like hiking then a trainer or comfortable pair of sneakers will ensure you get the most out of these activities.

 Item 12: A fancy suit/dress

Now we know this is the vacation of your life and you don’t mind indulging in flip flops and shorts, but there are some events and locations where the ‘touristy garb’ just won’t quite cut it. Dressing up for a night on the town or to go out to dinner, like the locals do, will help you to see the best of what the country has to offer.

Having at least one business casual outfit is a good bet. Pack a nice button-down shirt and slacks, or a dress, skirt and nice top, with a nice pair of shoes in your luggage.

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Jeremy Dixon
Jeremy is a Jamaican writer and traveler who loves highlighting the best of his homeland. He enjoys sharing his experiences to help potential visitors plan their dream vacations. With a passion for Jamaican culture, music, and cuisine, Jeremy is always seeking new adventures to share with his readers.
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