How to Pack for a Trip to Jamaica

Prepare your packing list for beaches, mountains and waterfalls.
Prepare your packing list for beaches, mountains and waterfalls. (Image: Konstantin Kulikov/iStock/Getty Images)

You may think a trip to Jamaica requires little more than a swimsuit and a pair of sandals. The Caribbean island is a year-round travel destination thanks to its warm temperatures and coastal treasures. However, depending on how long you'll be there and what time of year you're visiting, there may be rain and there may be cooler nights. Pack accordingly.

Clothing to Pack

Light clothing is best for daytime heat; temperatures hover between 80 and 90 degrees. Pack bathing suits, shorts, sundresses, flip-flops and cotton T-shirts for your trips to the beach, poolside sunbaths and strolls along the surf. Winter nights get cool and so do higher mountain altitudes if you're traveling inland, so pack some pants and extra layers. You'll want a jacket or a poncho if your Jamaica travel plans include the rainy season, between May and November. Jamaican nightlife often requires a dress code. Upscale restaurants and nightclubs won't allow shorts or denim, so bring some dressier clothes if you plan to party after dark.

Medications and Supplies

You'll need to toss all the warm-climate supplies into your luggage, including sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and mosquito repellent. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends specific medications for travelers to Jamaica, including a diarrhea medication, altitude-sickness medication and any prescriptions you'll need during your stay. Pack some water-purification tablets if you'll be outside of resort areas. And don't forget your passport.

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