What to Take to Jamaica

August 31, 2009 by  
Filed under Jamaica Travel

Packing for a trip to Jamaica is easy if you remember to bring a few important items.  In this article we highlight some items that will make your vacation more enjoyable and hopefully they will save you from returning with a sunburn.  So,  grab a suitcase a nice cold beverage and start filling it up with some of our ideas.



Since Jamaica is a tropical island, warm weather outfits are a must!  Depending on how active you plan to be outdoors during the heat of the day, I would suggest some shirts wick sweat away from your body to keep you as dry as possible.  Columbia clothing makes these types of shirts but you can also find copies of them at Target for 1/2 of the price.  If you plan on wearing cotton shirts you might want to pack a few extra ones so you can change your shirt if it gets wet.

Two other items that are very important are hats and sunglasses.  Hats with a visor will protect both your head and to a lesser degree, your eyes from the bright sun.  Sunglasses with a good UV rating are worth the money since you can’t buy replacement eyes.


Anything goes in Jamaica when it comes to shoes so long as your feet can breath.  Sandals, flip flops and tennis shoes with webbing all work great just remember to put sun screen on your feet so you don’t end up with a nasty sunburn.  If you plan to do a bunch of walking in Jamaica make sure you break in your new shoes before your trip!  If you wear socks, I would strongly suggest taking several extra pairs.  After walking around for a few hours in the heat of the day your socks might be a little on the wet side.

Electronic Stuff

Take a good camera, extra batteries and plenty of memory cards!  On my first trip to Jamaica I took over 15GB of pictures and only had two memory cards with me.  I can’t count the number of times I wished I had one more memory card with me.  Now I take 16GB worth of memory for my DSLR camera and 20GB for my other cameras.

If you plan on using your laptop while sitting on the beach all day or to watch movies on your flight to or from Jamaica, you might want to look into an extra battery for it.  Also, don’t forget to take travel plugs, especially if you are travelling from Europe.

travel plugs

Protection From the Elements

Sunscreen, sunscreen and more sunscreen!  While they sell it all over Jamaica, if you have a favorite brand you might want to take your own.  Taking your own will also save you from having to find somewhere to go and buy it before you toss your luggage and run to the beach as soon as you get there.  Be sure to apply more sunscreen as the day goes on since it will wear away from swimming and drying off.

Bug spray is needed if you venture up into the hills and in some cases on the beach in the evenings.  If you have a favorite brand, maybe something without DEET you might want to pack it.

Water Play

If you like to snorkel dive you might want to take along your own mask and snorkel.  While you can rent gear all over the island, taking your own will save you money and you don’t have to wonder who used the snorkel before you.  Water shoes are also an excellent idea to protect your feet from sea critters and are needed if you plan to explore any of the waterfalls.

While this article does not contain everything you might require in Jamaica, hopefully it gave you some good ideas of what to take.  If you would like to learn more about Jamaica Travel, join us over at our forum.


5 Comments on "What to Take to Jamaica"

  1. Transfer Smart on Mon, 21st Dec 2009 12:34 am 

    Great tips, the thing in your list are all important gears in doing a travel. thanks for this so we can do a great preparation before we made a great vacation next month.

  2. Transfer Smart on Wed, 23rd Dec 2009 9:15 pm 

    Nice post It is all what we need the tips for travel. Thanks for the great list of travel gears that are very necessary in doing a travel.

  3. Timeshare Relief on Mon, 4th Jan 2010 1:28 am 

    Thanks for the great list, this is all what we need, the travel gears we need as we made our debut travel to Jamaica.

  4. Timeshare Relief on Wed, 6th Jan 2010 3:25 am 

    Great tips, things on your list are all what the vacationers need. Thanks for the post.

  5. Joe Mantookey on Fri, 5th Feb 2010 1:03 pm 

    Great tips to a great location.

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