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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
About Carmen Sognonvi
Carmen Sognonvi is a luxury family travel content creator at Top Flight Family, named a top 10 family travel Instagram account by Time Out New York and Brit + Co. Her insights on travel have been featured in The Washington Post, INSIDER, Huffington Post, Wanderlust Travel Magazine, TravelPulse, HOTELS Magazine, 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, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
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