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The Ultimate Packing List for Jamaica

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Nothing is worse than arriving in Jamaica and realizing you forgot to pack an essential travel item. Having spent several weeks on the island, I created a list of what items are important to bring and which ones to leave behind. Then, I combined this knowledge with what I learned travelling through 7 other Caribbean countries to create this incredible packing list of every single item you should consider packing for your trip to Jamaica. I hope you find it as helpful as I do!

Remember, you don’t need to pack all the items on this list. Consider where you will be staying and how you will be spending your time, then adjust your packing list for Jamaica accordingly. 

A photo from Jamaica to inspire you as you prepare your packing list
A photo from Jamaica to inspire you as you prepare your packing list


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Travel Packing Checklist for Jamaica


Documents, Papers

Passport and plane ticket, items which should be at the top of your packing list for Jamaica
Passports and plane tickets are items which should be at the top of your packing list for Jamaica

Airline tickets, confirmations

ATM debit card

Address list for postcards

Cash

Credit cards

Driver’s License or photo ID

Emergency phone numbers, addresses, emails

Extra photocopy of passports and ID (front and back sides)

Eyeglasses and contacts prescription

Frequent flyer cards

Foreign currency

Health insurance phone number

Hotel confirmations

Itinerary

Luggage ID tags

Passport

Phone calling card

Prescriptions for medications

Rental car confirmations

Small currency for tips ($1 and $5 US bills)

Student ID

Vaccination certificate

Visa

Vouchers


Electronics

Electronics - packing for Jamaica

Camera + charger

Cell phone + charging cord

Electricity converter, adapters

GPS navigation system

Headphones

MP3 player + charger

Notebook computer + charging cord

Power bar, surge protector

Spare memory cards, high capacity

Spare batteries

Tablet (iPad, Kindle, etc) + charging cord

Travel clock

Tripod

USB cable

USB drive/memory stick

Video camera and extra tapes + charger

Waterproof camera + charger




What to Pack In Your Carry-On Bag

Airline tickets

Airplane headphones (1/8″ jack)

Book, magazine

Cell phone charger

Earplugs

Expensive electronics

Itinerary

Jewelry

Medicines

One change of clothes

Passport, visa

Pen

Snacks

Travel blanket 

Travel pillow

Ziplock bag, quart size

 


Medicine and First Aid Items

First Aid Kit, an essential item to add to your packing list for Jamaica
First Aid Kit, an essential item to add to your packing list for Jamaica

Activated charcoal

Aloe Vera

Antacid (Pepto Bismol; Tums)

Antibiotics

Antihistamine (Claritin)

Anti-itch cream (Cortizone 10)

Band-Aids

Benadryl/Claritin

Decongestant (Sudafed)

Diarrhea medicine (Imodium)

Epi-Pen (for those with serious allergies)

Electrolyte tablets

First Aid kit

Insect repellant

Motion sickness pills (Dramamine, Bonine, Meclizine)

Pain pills (Tylenol, aspirin, ibuprofen, or Aleve)

Prescription medications, in their original container, with enough for the entire trip

Sleep aid

Sunscreen, broad-spectrum, water-resistant, high SPF

Triple antibiotic ointment (Neosporin)

Vitamins

Water purifying tablets


Clothing – Men

Belts

Casual shirts

Comfortable walking shoes

Dress shoes

Dress pants

Dress shirts

Exercise clothing

Hat, cap

Handkerchief

Lightweight jacket

Pyjamas

Sandals, flip flops

Shorts

Socks

Sun hat

Swimsuit

T-shirts

Ultraviolet protection factor (UVP) clothing

Underwear

Water shoes



Laundry Supplies

laundry - jamaica packing list

Clothes pins

Liquid detergent

Travel clothes line

 
Clothing – Women

clothing - packing for Jamaica

Bras

Belts

Comfortable walking shoes

Dress pants

Dress purse

Dress shirts

Dress shoes

Dresses

Exercise clothing

Hat, cap

Jewelry

Lightweight jacket

Pantyhose

Pyjamas, nightgown

Robe, sarong or cover-up

Sandals, flip flop

Scarf

Shawl or pashmina

Shorts

Skirts

Socks

Sun hat

Swimsuit

Tank tops

Travel purse

T-shirts

Ultraviolet protection factor (UVP) clothing

Underwear

Water shoes


Toiletries

Aftershave

Barrettes/bobby pins

Comb

Conditioner

Condoms

Contact lenses

Contact cleaning solutions

Contraceptive pills

Cosmetics, Make-up

Cotton swabs

Curling iron, dual voltage

Dental retainers, nightguards, splints

Deodorant

Feminine hygiene products

Floss

Hairdryer, dual voltage

Hairbrush

Hair mousse

Hair spray

Hand sanitizer, liquid or individual wipes

Leave-in conditioner

Lip balm, with SPF

Mirror

Moisturizing lotion

Nail clippers

Nail file

Razor

Shampoo

Shave cream

Shower cap

Soap/body wash

Talcum powder

Toothbrush

Toothbrush case

Toothpaste

Tweezers



Entertainment Items

Playing cards, an item to include on your packing list for Jamaica
Playing cards, an item to include on your packing list for Jamaica

Books/magazines

Electronic games

Playing cards

Travel games



Snacks

Candy

Chewing gum

Crackers

Energy bars



Miscellaneous Items

Swiss Army Knife, an item to include on your packing list for Jamaica
You never know when a Swiss Army Knife will come in handy in Jamaica, so be sure to add it to your packing list

Beach bag

Backpack

Binoculars

Carabiners

Collapsible umbrella

Extra duffel bag for day trips or souvenirs

Extra ziplock bags of various sizes

Eyeglasses

Eye mask

Fabric softener sheets

Fanny pack

Flashlight with fresh batteries

Float straps, for devices or keys

Garbage bags, for wet or dirty items

Goggles

Guidebooks

Hard glasses storage case

Insulated cup or mug

Journal

Kleenex

Lint roller, small

Luggage locks, TSA-approved

Luggage scale

Maps

Money belt

Night light

Notebook

Packing cubes

Phrasebook

Portable fan

Postage stamps

Quick-dry towel

Rain poncho

Reading glasses

Refillable water bottle

Sewing kit

Shoulder bag

Sink stopper

Small locks, combination or keyed

Spare pair of prescription glasses

Suction cups with hooks

Sunglasses, with UV protection

Suitcase keys

Swiss army knife or Leatherman tool

Toilet paper

Translation dictionary

Travel alarm clock

Travel iron

Watch

Waterproof phone case

Wet bags

Zip ties


What NOT to Bring to Jamaica

Anything corrosive

Anything flammable

Boots, unless you plan on doing some serious hiking

Electronics without a proper waterproof case

Irreplaceable objects

Jeans

Large amounts of cash

Membership cards

Personally-identifiable items you will not need on vacation

Social security card

Too many guide books

Unnecessary credit cards

Unnecessary gadgets

Valuable or expensive-looking watches/jewelry


Have you visited Jamaica? What did you include on your packing list? What could you have left at home? Let me know in the comments section below!


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