Packing List

Below is your general camp packing list! Bring only what you need. Remember, personal belongings are brought at your own risk! ACJ cannot reimburse losses resulting from misplaced, broken, damaged or stolen items. Cell phones and other expensive portable electronic devices are brought at your own risk.

We expect our campers to dress modestly and appropriate for the weather. T-shirt and shorts are the normal camp attire. We recommend a comfortable pair of walking shoes as well; flip flops and/or sandals are fine. Bathing suits should be conservative with no string bikinis or thong style bottoms.Clothing may not have foul, vulgar or offensive words or graphics. Laundry will be done during each session and so excess clothing is not needed. All linens and towels are provided by the villa. The villa stocks shampoo and soaps in each bathroom for camper use. ACJ provides each camper with a t-shirt to use on certain outings and during air travel. Below is our suggested packing list:


  • 5 short sleeve shirts
  • 5 pair of shorts
  • 5 pair of underwear
  • 2 pair of socks
  • Closed toe shoes
  • 2 pair of pajamas
  • 1 light jacket or sweatshirt
  • Sandals/Flip flops


  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant

    Speciality Items

  • Skin suit
  • Mask & Snorkel*
  • Fins*
  • 1 pair of water or dive shoes

    Prohibited Items

  • Knives/Pocket Knives
  • Fireworks
  • Matches/Lighters
  • Cigarettes
  • Alcohol/Drugs
  • Chewing tobacco
  • R or X-rated material
  • Firearms


Campers will carry their own passport during travel. Double check that your passport will not be expiring before or during our trip. A copy of the photo-information page is also uploaded into Campwise as a part of paperwork.


A fully charged cell phone can be helpful while traveling. Cell phones are permitted at the villa and be sure to check out international plans. See Camper Correspondence for more information.


These are allowed, but generally not recommended. If your camper wishes to pack them, you are welcome to bring; The villa is equipped with wifi and these can be used during evening downtimes.


This trip is one giant photo opportunity! Most participants use their phones for photos, but cameras are welcome. Keep in mind that many of our locations are surrounded or in water- so caution is necessary.


All luggage and carry-on bags should have at least two identification tags. Put one sturdy nametag on the outside of the bag and contact information detailing your home address and phone number inside the bag.

Campers must be able to carry their own luggage. Resist the temptation to over pack! The villa has a washer and dryer and laundry is washed three times each session. Most importantly, campers will want to bring home souvenirs. Remember, luggage must weigh less than 50 lbs. Any and all fees charged for baggage are your responsibility. NOTE: Airline security has specific regulations for your luggage. Please check for an up-to-date list of permitted and prohibited items.

CARRY-ON LUGGAGE Each participant needs to bring a carry-on bag. We suggest a small backpack. This bag will hold everything needed while on the plane ride and it should double as a daypack while you are on the trip. Campers should carry personal medication in their carry-on in the prescribed prescription bottle. In the unforeseen event that luggage is lost during travel, carry-ons should be able to cover one day of travel.

CHECKED LUGGAGE Participants of the Animal Camp Jamaica program are limited to one checked piece of luggage. Duffle bags with wheels are ideal, as they require very little storage space after weunpack at the villa. ** Remember that checked baggage must remain unlocked at check-in.

Packing List - Camper Taking Photos - Animal Camp Jamaica
Packing List - Campers Excited On Beach - Animal Camp Jamaica

Special Gear

We ask that campers bring and use their own special equipment. Use this section to help navigate purchasing the proper gear for this trip.


We recommend a full length skin suit with long sleeves. This provides great sun protection as well as protection from jelly fish, sea itch or other skin irritations. Skin suits are NOT available for rent from us. For those who already have one, a wet suit is sufficient, but *not required*. (Links for Purchase)


All campers should come with a snorkel and mask set. Masks can be full face or the normal nose/face mask. Snorkels should be ones with a splash guard and/or dry valve. Most snorkel sets are like this already, so it shouldn't be a huge concern. Many have purchased mask and fins set from a Sporting Goods store or Amazon. (Links for Purchase)


Fins will be needed in the water; They make for a much more enjoyable snorkeling experience and they make snorkeling easier (less effort to swim, buoyancy, etc). Many mask and snorkel sets come with fins. We will be able to provide fins to campers who need them at no cost . (Links for Purchase)


All campers are *required* to have either water shoes or water boots while snorkeling/diving. You do not NEED both, but having both can be nice. Water shoes are typically lightweight, neoprene with a low ankle and mesh top. Water boots are fully neoprene with higher tops providing more coverage. We also wear these water boots/shoes at outings like Dunn's River Falls, Blue Hole, and while Tubing. (Links for Purchase)