Packing for a Jamaica Beach Vacation With Vineyard Vines

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There are many different ways to experience Jamaica. If you’re an adventure-seeker, you can climb the Dunn’s River Falls. If you’re a foodie, you can trek to the Blue Mountains to experience its famous coffee. If you’re a music lover, you can visit Nine Mile to pay homage to the legendary Bob Marley’s birth place. Your packing list for Jamaica will vary, of course, depending on what kind of trip you’re doing.

packing list for jamaica
Enjoying family time at Half Moon Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica Photo: Gary Samuels

On this particular trip of ours to Jamaica, however, the only thing on our agenda was relaxation. We’d be staying at the historic Half Moon Resort in Montego Bay. We planned to chill at the beach, play at the swimming pool, and spend the rest of the time enjoying delicious cocktails and meals. As I began to plan out what to pack for this trip, I knew that Vineyard Vines would be the perfect place to shop. This brand always been beloved for its preppy classics, but they also have a fantastic selection of resort wear! If you’re preparing for a relaxing beach vacation, let me show you what you need to include in your packing list for Jamaica.

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packing list for jamaica
Ella, left, is wearing Girls Scallop Print Tunic Shift Dress. Sean, right, is wearing Girls Whale Tail Square Knit Dress. All by Vineyard Vines. Photo: Gary Samuels

 

packing list for jamaica
Sean, left, is wearing Girls Whale Tail Square Knit Dress. Serge, center, is wearing Short-Sleeve Floral Printed Sketch Slim Murray Shirt. Ella, right, is wearing Girls Scallop Print Tunic Shift Dress. All by Vineyard Vines. Photo: Gary Samuels

 

packing list for jamaica
Ella, front, is wearing Girls Scallop Print Tunic Shift Dress. Sean, back, is wearing Girls Whale Tail Square Knit Dress. All by Vineyard Vines. Photo: Gary Samuels

 

packing list for jamaica
Carmen, left, is wearing Multi Colored Embroidered Eyelet Shift Dress with Tassel Rope Necklace. Serge, right, is wearing Short-Sleeve Floral Printed Sketch Slim Murray Shirt. All by Vineyard Vines. Photo: Gary Samuels

1. Tunic Dresses

To me, nothing says you’re on vacation like a tunic dress. The relaxed silhouette of these dresses makes them both comfortable and super cute. Tunic dresses are also great to wear with a swimsuit underneath so you can easily transition from a lunch out to back at the beach. Plus you can find all different styles of tunic dresses, some that are more casual and other that are dressier.

 

packing list for jamaica
Girls Scallop Print Tunic Shift Dress

$65, Vineyard Vines

 

packing list for jamaica
Girls Whale Tail Square Knit Dress
$59.50, Vineyard Vines

 

packing list for jamaica
Multi Colored Embroidered Eyelet Shift Dress

$148, Vineyard Vines

 

packing list for jamaica
Garment Dyed Eyelet Shift Dress

$148, Vineyard Vines

2. Straw Bag

For beach vacations I prefer to leave the usual structured leather purses at home. Instead, I pack a straw tote, which is casual enough for daytime but still appropriate for the evening. It’s also super light to carry, which is great. You can toss in your towels, sunscreen, and any other items you may need. This is why a pretty straw bag is a must on any packing list for Jamaica.

 

packing list for jamaica
Kayu Striped Straw Basket Bag

$138, Vineyard Vines

 

packing list for jamaica
Kayu Whale Tail Print Straw Clutch

$88, Vineyard Vines

3. White Jeans

Even though I packed many dresses and tunics for my relaxing Jamaica trip, I also made sure to bring variety, just in case. Often times, the breeze got slightly chilly, or I felt like changing things up, so I packed these snow-color skinnies that made me look fresh and clean. They work great with flat sandals and flip flops, but you can easily take things up a notch by pairing them up with a pair of heels when you head out for a nice dinner.

 

packing list for jamaica
White Denim

$98.50, Vineyard Vines

4. Flip Flops

Flip flops are an essential for me!  Nothing is worse than walking around and having your feet hurt from uncomfortable dress shoes. Plus, flip flops are great for lounging at the beach or by the pool side, as they are easy to take on and off. Pack a few different colors so that you can pair with different outfits. Flip flops take up minimal space in your suitcase as well!

 

packing list for jamaica
Skinny Palmetto Flip Flops

$29.50, Vineyard Vines

 

packing list for jamaica
Girls Vineyard Whale Flip Flop

$25, Vineyard Vines

5. Tankinis

If you’re anything like me and plan to be near the water most days, I recommend adding a few different swim suits to your packing list for Jamaica. For little girls, I love the option of a tankini. Tankinis make it easier for little ones to use the bathroom, because they won’t struggle with trying to get their swimsuit off in time, as they might with a one-piece. Tankinis are also a little more modest than traditional bikinis, which I appreciate.

packing list for jamaica
Girls Embroidered Whale Small Stripe Tankini

$55, Vineyard Vines

 

packing list for jamaica
Girls One Shoulder Whale Outline Tankini

$55, Vineyard Vines

packing list for jamaica
Sean, left, is wearing Girls Whale Tail Square Knit Dress. Ella, right, is wearing Girls Scallop Print Tunic Shift Dress. All by Vineyard Vines. Photo: Gary Samuels

 

packing list for jamaica
From left to right: Ella is wearing Girls Scallop Print Tunic Shift Dress. Serge is wearing Short-Sleeve Floral Printed Sketch Slim Murray Shirt. Carmen is wearing Multi Colored Embroidered Eyelet Shift Dress with Tassel Rope Necklace. Sean is wearing Girls Whale Tail Square Knit Dress. All by Vineyard Vines. Photo: Gary Samuels

 

packing list for jamaica
Sean, left, is wearing Girls Whale Tail Square Knit Dress. Ella, right, is wearing Girls Scallop Print Tunic Shift Dress. All by Vineyard Vines. Photo: Gary Samuels

 

packing list for jamaica
From left to right: Serge is wearing Short-Sleeve Floral Printed Sketch Slim Murray Shirt.Sean is wearing Girls Whale Tail Square Knit Dress. Ella is wearing Girls Scallop Print Tunic Shift Dress. Carmen is wearing Multi Colored Embroidered Eyelet Shift Dress with Tassel Rope Necklace. All by Vineyard Vines. Photo: Gary Samuels

 

packing list for jamaica
Sean, left, is wearing Girls Whale Tail Square Knit Dress. Ella, right, is wearing Girls Scallop Print Tunic Shift Dress. All by Vineyard Vines. Photo: Gary Samuels

If luggage could talk, I’d be in trouble because I’ve been known to pretty much pack everything I’ve ever owned into a suitcase! But when you’re in Jamaica, you realize that traveling light can be far more uplifting and enjoyable. So when it comes to creating a packing list for Jamaica, bring only what you plan on wearing, and make sure each piece is versatile enough to match with your accessories and flats. Now it’s time to enjoy and unwind, Jamaica-style!

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About Carmen Sognonvi

Carmen Sognonvi is a luxury family travel and lifestyle digital influencer at Top Flight Family. Her insights on travel have been featured in Wanderlust Travel Magazine, TravelPulse, HOTELS Magazine, Seatrade Cruise News and more. Carmen firmly believes that you can (and should) travel with your kids from a young age. She offers families practical solutions for travel, as well as tips on how to travel in luxury for less. She lives in New York City with her multiracial and multicultural family of four. Follow her on Instagram, FacebookTwitter and Pinterest.

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