WHAT TO BRING TO JAMAICA
Before I talk about what tools, etc I would like to discuss what to expect on the trails etc.
Your bike will be your form of transport for everything in Jamaica. Shopping, lunch, the beach.....whatever you need to do 2 wheels is the way to go. I have had great success with tubeless systems in Jamaica. In the west end the trails are littered with thorns, sharp objects, lava, corral, mossy rocks, barb wire and grass that is sharp enough to puncture anything. Being stuck in the jungle or a remote place without tools will make for a very depressing vacation. On the north coast the vegetation is lush and vibrant and there seems to be less puncturable things such as thorns. pinch flats will still be a problem running tubes.
ALONG WITH YOUR BIKE IN A SOLID BOX YOU NEED:
Mandatory helmet, pads, gloves and eyewear along with anything that you might need to do any repairs.
multi-tool with a torx drive for rotors and spare torx bolts[spd size] spare tubes, patch kits with glue and a tyre patch plus a CO2 cartridge[in luggage] and for tubeless bring a spare tyre and a small jug of sealant
with a solid pump and a shock pump along with a knife & foldable saw.
Lots of zipp ties and spare spokes, chain breaker with spare links, end caps, bolts and ferules.
Lubes and grease, pedal wrench and if you use a dropper bring a spare seat post.
ALL 29er or 650B users bring 7 tubes if you use them and a spare tyre.
Basic lock & light for night riding [you must have a light on a bike and it's enforced]
Always bring tick and skeeter spray like deep woods & some cash in the backpack.
water bottles/hydration packs & basic first aid kit with after bite ultra
Personal gels, power bars[not available in Jamaica] and old parts to give away.
TO BRING FOR YOU:
I allways bring a compact mosquito net for sleeping and any food you might need including
a single cup coffee maker, small sound system, sunscreen, lip balm and rain poncho.
You might want to buy a cell phone upon arrival in Negril the next day.
You WILL need $3.00 USA at the airport in Jamaica to pay for defumigating the bike as they
spray the tyres for whatever and then ask for the $$$ in USA funds.
and lastly.....have fun and relax...........bring a great attitude....no rules....no problems
RULES, GUIDANCE AND PERCEVIERANCE:
DO NOT WEAR CAMO AT THE AIRPORT IN JAMAICA
THE LEFT SIDE OF THE ROAD IS THE DRIVE SIDE
on the trails or riding the roads we will encounter many scenes tourists see as crazy or odd.
Many carry a machete openly so please do not jump into a ditch or duck and cover. It is not unusual to see a person
carry a load to market on their head and normal to see people without shoes.
DRUGS are illegal in Jamaica so don't do them.
Ganja is still not clearly defined by law all though it is legal to possess up to two ounces they are still working through it. 2WHEELS1LOVE strongly advises against bare lycra without shorts but knee high striped sox are promoted.
Finally there are 2 places you NEVER want to be in Jamaica.....the police station or hospital.
DRIVE RIDE AND WALK GOOD