You’ve booked an all-inclusive vacation at a tropical resort and you are confused about what to pack for your trip. After all, doesn't the term “all-inclusive” imply they’ll have everything you need at the resort? In short, no. While all-inclusive resorts will provide you with food, drinks and plenty of activities, you’ll still need to bring a few essentials with you. So what, pray tell, are these essential items? No worries, we’ve got you covered.
Clothes, clothes, clothes!
Before you begin the ever-stressful packing process, visit the website of the resort you are traveling to and do some research. If the resort features activities such as swimming, snorkeling, or wild pool parties, you may want to pack a bathing suit or two. Bring some sportswear if you're planning on playing golf or tennis
. Sandals, flip-flops, hats and sunglasses would be a good idea as well. Some resorts include restaurants with formal dress codes. If that is the case, you’ll want to pack some appropriate outfits to avoid feeling inappropriately dressed or, even worse, without a place to eat dinner!
As someone who relies on contact lenses to be able to see properly, nothing is more infuriating than arriving at a vacation destination only to realize I forgot to pack my contact lens solution. Make a checklist of all essential toiletries and medications before you start packing, be it insect repellent, sunscreen
, lotions, motion sickness medicine, or anything else that will make your vacation experience more comfortable. Resorts will usually provide basic toiletries such as soap and toothpaste, but if you have a preference for a certain brand, scent, or flavor, make sure to bring it along with you.
Books, check 'em out!
Vacations are usually a great time to catch up on some reading. Whether it’s in the airport terminal, on the flight, or laying out by the pool, a good book is always a welcome addition to your travel items. If you’re anything like me, you want options when it comes to reading materials. Since packing multiple books can get a little bulky, and you don't want to be "that" person with the oversized carry-on
, consider bringing along your tablet or E-Reader.