Post # 1
We’re flying to Jamaica in 3 weeks (woohoo!) and I’m trying to figure out how I’m going to pack…
In the fees-for-everything airport world it seems most people try to travel with just a carry-on these days, but I think its a pain in the butt. Call me high maintenance, but I like to travel with my own shampoo and a decent razor. Anybody have any problems checking a bag and having their luggage arrive with them? We fly out of Maine around 7AM, have one stop (can’t remember where) and get to Jamaica around noon. I’ve traveled to Europe and the Middle East but have no idea what to expect at Carribean airports!
Post # 3
I have never had a problem.
Post # 4
I’ve never had a problem checking luggage (or it being lost) anywhere in the world. If you’re worried, have a small carry-on bag with your necessities (a change of underwear, clothes, a few small toiletries, any medication) in case there is a delay in getting your bag.
Post # 5
I’ve only been to a Caribbean airport (Bahamas) once but didn’t have any issues. They even gave us a complimentary cocktail when we arrived!
Coming back to the US the customs line was crazy long and they were opening tons of bags to check, but I didn’t have any issues as far as missing or damaged luggage.
I put all my products in ziploc bags in my luggage in case they ever do break open or leak so it won’t get on my clothes.
Post # 6
I agree with a PP make sure you have a change of clothes (esp underwear), a toothbrush, medication and tampons etc.
I learned this from a trip where i was stuck without my luggage in LA (on a flight from Vegas) for about 48 hours. Luckily I had a spare top and undies in my carry on but I desperately needed a trip to the chemist because I only had 1 tampon with me in carry on (it’s only like an hour flight…) as did the other girl I was btravelling with… Haha I will never make that mistake again.
Post # 7
Just make sure you have fresh underwear and face wash in your carry-on, just in case. My luggage has been misplaced a few times over the years, and it’s always worse when I forget those essentials!
In fact…when we went to New Orleans this past April (when my fiance proposed!) our vacation began with a delayed flight, and then no luggage when we arrived. Our bags didn’t get to the hotel until 2pm the next day. UGH!!
The positive thing is that the bags always arrive eventually. Bring that change of underwear, and then you can shop for some clothes when you arrive, if your bags are really gone. Stay positive and just use it to build character or whatever!
Post # 8
I dont think you are high maintenacne for wanting to travel with your own shampoo – I know I did!! Anyway we were in Jamaica last month for our wedding and we didnt have any problems with our luggage (carry-on or our two checked bags) on the flight in to Jamaica or the flight home. I would also pack a bathing suit & tee-shirt/cover-up for each of you, flip flops and sunscreen in your carry-on as well! That way you can atleast hit the beach/pool when you get there!!
Post # 9
I flew direct to Jamaica and didn’t have a problem checking luggage. I ALWAYS check luggage when i go on long trips like this but being in hub city I usually get pretty lucky with direct flights. By The Way you will love Jamaica!!! i cannot wait to go back there.
Post # 10
I’ve never had an issue (Caribbean or elsewhere). I agree with PPs, though, I pack some essentials in my carry on just in case!
Post # 11
I’ve had more problems with my luggage getting lost/delayed on my flights INTO Maine than out. I always blame the small planes that connect to the Portland Jetport. My bags have always arrived eventually, but it’s sometimes been an overnight delay.
I’m another traveler who advocates packing a toothbrush, other toiletries, clean underwear and medication in your carry on. Even if you just end up with a delayed connection you’ll be thankful that you have a way to freshen up!
The connection makes the chances of your bags not arriving with you higher than if you had a direct flight, but I don’t think I’d lose sleep over the possibility if I were in your shoes.
Post # 12
I have never had a problem with luggage not showing up! But follow what PP said just in case. Also make sure you have a luggage tag with not just your name and number but your destination’s phone number i.e. your hotel on it. And place a piece of paper with the same information on the inside of your suitcase. Luggage tags can get ripped off and thats how lost luggage becomes forever lost.
Post # 13
I haven’t had this happen to me, but it’s happened to family and friends. Always keep the essentials with you (meds, a change of clothes, a bathing suit, the “essential” make-up, things you can’t replace when you arrive), just in case!
Post # 14
PHEW! Sounds like most people haven’t had any issues..I’ll definitely be sure to pack some emergency stuff….although, its my honeymoon-I wasn’t gonna pack any underwear! 😉 JK
@totheislnds: we have a bunch of friends who have honeymoon-ed there and they all say its amaaaazing and, like you, can’t wait to go back! I am SO excited!
Post # 15
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
I always throw a bikini in my carryon when traveling to the caribbean- came in very handy when my luggage arrived in Aruba a day after I did. 🙂
Post # 16
I agree with everyone else, have a carry on bag of your essentials in case if your bag is lost. I don’t pesonally know anyone that has lost a bag. My aunt travels all the time at least one big trip a year and has been to many different contries and she has never lost a bag. I’ve flown a few times and haven’t lost mine either.