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The Quintessential Jamaican Packing Guide

One of the best places to spend a delightful Caribbean vacation, Jamaica is a storehouse of fun, merriment and exciting activities. If you have booked your flights to Jamaica or are interested in booking last minute flights, then before you hop onto that plane, ensure you are well-stocked up for your vacation. Here are some important travel tips that will hold you in good stead during your vacation there.

When to Go
Jamaican weather is tailor made for vacations, all-year round. With not much variance in months, and even between summers and winters, Jamaica entertains visitors throughout the year. One thing, you will have to be wary of, when it comes to weather are the hurricanes that pay their annual visit at the onset of summer. But the best part about the hurricanes is that they tend to leave the weather much clearer (if that’s even possible) and bring in clear, sunny days.

As is true with every place, there is a particular season when most tourists book their tickets on the cheapest airlines. In Jamaica the so called ‘high season’ is the winter season. From mid-December to mid-April, the island easily entertains over thousands and thousands of holiday-goers. Mostly all tourists book their cheap flights to Jamaica for anytime from December 15 to April 15. Though, you will have to ensure that you book your tickets months in advance as it is next to impossible to get a decent accommodation on the spot, during these months. Hence plan ahead and if you are interested in a resort that is very high-end, then you might have to proceed to book your accommodation now, for a vacation that is months or even a year in advance.

If you are keen for a summer holiday here, then chances are you will find everything here to be rather relaxed and at highly reduced prices. The only time during summers when the island, yet again sees a lot of action is when the Reggae Sumfest is held, which happens somewhere in late July and early August. The best time to indulge in snorkeling is from May to July.

With Jamaica unwilling to let go of its British influence, you will have to stock up on somewhat formal attire in your suitcase. This doesn’t go on to say that you need ties and proper evening gowns, but yes, a jacket and an elegant evening dress will not hurt you here, in fact in a fancy establishment, it will be preferred.

Besides this, for you daily casual lounging and trips, stick to loose-fitting and light garments. Add jeans, skirts, sundresses, T shirts, casual shirts to see you through the days. Sunhats, sunglasses and sunscreen lotion are three items you wouldn’t want to do without. Also pack in a beach-overall, like shorts, T-shirts, sarongs or a casual wrap around dress to see you through the commute between your hotel/resort and the beach, as the locals are not too happy with flaunting your beach wear anywhere else, but the beach.

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