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. Animal Camp Jamaica will send each participant a T-shirt(s) and the Pre-Trip Departure Packet after we have received final payment, paperwork and waiver. See Program Fees for more information.
We expect our campers to dress modestly and appropriate for the weather. T-shirt and shorts are the normal camp attire. Clothing may not have foul, vulgar or offensive words or graphics. 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. Laundry will be done several times during each session and so excess clothing is not needed. All linens and towels are provided by the villa. The villa stocks Suave shampoo and soap in each bathroom for camper use. ACJ provides each camper with two t-shirts to use on outings and during air travel. Below is our suggested packing list:
- 2 pair of pajamas
- 1 light jacket or sweatshirt
- 5 short sleeve shirts
- 5 pair of shorts
- 5 pair of underwear
- 2 pair of socks
- Closed toe shoes
- Sandals/Flip flops
- Insect repellant
- skin suit
- 1 pair of water or dive boots
- Knives/Pocket Knives
- Chewing tobacco
- R or X-rated material
Additionally *Mask, fins and snorkels are available for a small rental fee (about $15 for the duration). We have found that people usually prefer to use their own equipment, so brining a set that you are comfortable with is highly recommended.
Skin Suits: 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 available for rent as well (about $25 for the duration). *Addtl items for rent: Water boots, water shoes
Make multiple copies of your passport (just the pages with your picture and information) and put one in each bag you bring. These are useful in case of lost luggage. Send a copy to us as well!
A fully charged cell phone can be helpful while traveling. Cell phones are permitted at the villa, but keep in mind, use of a cell phone can be very expensive. (See communication with camper for more information)
These are generally not recommended but can be useful for storing photos, writing a journal or surfing the web during down-time. The villa is equipped with WiFi and a computer that participants are welcome to share.
This trip is one giant photo opportunity! Almost all participants bring a camera along. Cameras (and equipment) vary from disposable types all the way to professional gear. The choice is up to you, read some additional pointers in the General Baggage section below.
GENERAL BAGGAGE INFORMATION
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. The single largest reason bags get lost is because luggage tags get ripped off and the airline can’t find your address! Smart travelers put identification on everything they could lose. Keep your baggage claim receipts with your tickets/boarding passes. Do not throw them away.
You must be able to carry your 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, you 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 www.tsa.gov 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 you will need while on the plane ride and it should double as a daypack while you are on your trip. Campers should carry personal medication in their carry-on in the prescribed prescription bottle. In the unforeseen event that your luggage is lost during travel, your carry-on 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 you unpack at the villa. ~ Remember that your checked baggage must remain unlocked at check-in.