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by Sheree-Anita Shearer | Associate Writer

Packing is never easy, especially if you are going to a different country. Certainly, if you are on vacation you want to look your best all the time. For instance, a sunset in Negril is the ultimate backdrop for the perfect Instagram moment. Right?


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But overpacking isn’t a good strategy either, that way you’ll risk not being able to take all your new acquisitions home. To prevent all this, I will advise you on what you will need for a seven-day trip to Jamaica. Since this will be a broad generalization, you can make the adjustments based on the length of your trip as well as your personal needs. After all, I hardly think I know you as well as you know yourself.

Jamaican Travel Essentials For a Seven Day Resort Trip

If you plan on staying most days on the resort during your stay, the packing will be easy.

Do full-on research of the resort you will be staying at and pack based on the amenities offered at the hotel. Most all-inclusive resorts have numerous pools, watersports activities and countless restaurants. So to fully enjoy the resort you will need:

  • 4 Swimsuits (2 cover-ups)
  • 4-5 tops
  • 1-2 shorts
  • 1-2 capris or pants
  • 1 pair of sandals
  • Underwears (you can decide how many)
  • 2 Pajamas
  • 2 summer dresses
  • Formal/Semi-formal dinner attire
  • 1 pair of wedges/formal dress shoes
  • 1 pair of flip flops

If you workout often, you should include 2 suits of workout gear on list of Jamaican travel essentials. And by that I mean, two tops, bottoms and socks. A pair of sneakers is also needed.

You don’t need to pack 7 different swimsuits. You can bring swimsuits that complement each other and mix and match on some days if you are entirely against repeating outfits. However, if you don’t mind you could always just repeat one. Stick to breathable fabrics, cotton and linen are the best options for the Caribbean because it does get quite hot here sometimes.

Jamaican Travel Essentials For A Seven Day Adventure Trip

Let’s say you have seven days jam-packed with exciting river trips and mountain hiking excursions, what do you bring then?

  • 5 tops
  • 2-3 shorts
  • 1-2 pants
  • 2 sneakers
  • 4 Swimsuits (2 cover-ups)
  • 1 pair of sandals
  • Underwears (you can decide how many)
  • 2 full workout suit
  • 2 Pajamas
  • 1 summer dress
  • 1 Formal/Semi-formal dinner attire
  • 1 pair of wedges/formal dress shoes
  • 1 pair of water shoes
  • 1 cardigan

For all types of clothes, you will need to pack different types of materials, you will still be in Jamaica, so you will need breathable fabrics such as cotton.

However, because you are planning to go on many excursions that I can tell a lot of them will be water-based, you will need materials that won’t retain water and will dry easily. Activewear will work best in this situation. That way you won’t be cold after getting wet.

If you work out then two pairs of sneakers are important. You will have one pair designated for the gym and another for your daily excursions

Although you are coming on a more adventurous trip, it is still good to have a few formal or semi-formal pieces just in case you are heading out for an exquisite dinner.

General Jamaican Travel Essentials

Whether you are coming to lounge by the beach, or to partake in all the excursions Jamaica offers, there are some things we will all definitely need:

  • Passport
  • Another form of identification (Driver’s Licence)
  • Booking Information
  • Electronic Gadgets, Chargers and Adapters if necessary
  • Contact Number and Address for Your Accommodation
  • Health/Life Insurance Cards
  • Travel Insurance
  • Money (Debit/Credit Cards or Cash)
  • Pens
  • Prescription Medication
  • Insect Repellant
  • Waterproof gadget case
  • Waterproof Camera

Of course, we could not forget the classic “I am on vacation” starter pack of Sunscreen, a Wide-brimmed hat and Sunglasses. They might sound like a cheesy vacation cliché but they are brought for a reason, especially in the Caribbean.

Tips For Packing Your Travel Essentials

  • Pay attention to the weather, it is mostly sunny in Jamaica, but it doesn’t hurt to check.
  • Make a list of things you will need, this will prevent overpacking.
  • Check with your accommodation to see what toiletries are readily available. Most places have hair dryers and irons in all rooms. If they don’t and you need one, bring a hairdryer. I would suggest avoiding clothes that need ironing if you will not be provided with one.
  • Bring a waterproof beach bag and it is even more efficient if this doubles as a carry-on.
  • A designated bag for your dirty clothes is needed especially if you will not be washing on your trip.
  • It is highly unlikely that you will need to bring liquids such as body wash and shampoos with you, but in case you do, remember the various rules you need to abide by.
  • Also, prepare to take full advantage of the laundry services at the resort if they have one. It sometimes comes at an additional cost but I think it is worth it.
  • Pack those outfits you feel absolutely stunning in. Chances are if you feel your best, there are fewer chances of you bringing countless backups to wear.
  • It is sometimes best to leave flashier or statement jewelry and other accessories at home or at least wear them while on the resort. Especially for adventurous trips, the last thing you want to do is lose your expensive accessories on the trip.

Most of all, pack a ton of fun. That is why you are in Jamaica in the first place. The trip itself and all experiences adjacent should be done and remembered as a happy, carefree time in your life.

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References & Sources For Jamaican Travel Essentials

  1. What to Pack for a Caribbean Vacation, https://www.margaritavillecaribbean.com/stories/what-to-pack-for-a-caribbean-vacation/  
  2. Sandals, https://www.sandals.com/blog/what-to-pack-for-a-vacation-in-jamaica/#20thingstopackforjamaicathatyoumaynothavethoughtof 
  3. Dressing for a Caribbean Vacation, https://traveltips.usatoday.com/dressing-caribbean-vacation-106123.html
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