In this day and age it’s almost impossible to think of going anywhere including Jamaica, without a bag dedicated to just your electronics, even for those seeking to unplug and get off the grid, somehow or the other an Instagram moment or two will tend to pop up and we all know that there is someone somewhere who will be worried sick if they can’t get in touch in an emergency, either yours or theirs. Not being able to charge your devices would feel like a bit of a travel disaster especially as nowadays most phones double as our camera for capturing and sharing our memories. For those who get to travel the world while working or those who are jumping on a plane as a one off for a business trip, staying connected is imperative and heading to a jewel of an island in the tropics doesn’t change that need at all even if you would prefer to be sitting on the beach drinking a delicious rum concoction and reading that summer bestseller.
Jamaica is very connected overall, with two major internet providers, who also happen to be the main phone company carriers, providers of cable TV and a few other monopolies of our technological welfare, not to mention sponsoring many major events across the island, so the odds are you’re covered in that regard. You can jump on Wifi in many places from coffee houses to your hotel or cross island buses and taxis or you can even buy a local SIM card with credit and data right at the airport or in any cell phone store and ride that train for your stay. Stay Connected, a service offered at the Montego Bay airport can even provide you with a device along with a phone and data plan in a package deal, just turn it in at the airport when you are about to leave the island.
However, be it your phone, e-book, tablet, laptop or Bluetooth noise cancelling headphones those all need to be plugged in and brought back to life over and over again, especially with all of the bells and whistles on most devices these days. Even if you bring a portable charger that will need to be charged up also to keep everything else going. An often overlooked piece of information for traveling to the Caribbean is the voltage of the region and being able to use electronics in a country such as Jamaica. Electrical sockets (outlets) in Jamaica usually supply electricity at between 110 and 120 volts – this is the same as the U.S.A., the Caribbean, Canada and most South American countries. If the standard voltage in your country is in the range of 220 - 240 volts (as is in the U.K., Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia), then you will need to buy or bring an adapter to be able to use your own electronics. A convertible adapter will also give you the plug configuration you need as Jamaica also mimics the Americas.
Should you find yourself in Jamaica without an adapter a good place to start is the well-stocked Fontana Pharmacies across the island, however call ahead to make sure they have what you’re looking for.
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