Tips and Tricks to Packing for your All Inclusive Vacation

By Liam Heffernan

The days are getting colder which means that the time to relax on the beach down south is fast approaching! To prepare I thought I would put together a list of things to consider before heading off to soak in those rays!

Check the Resort's Dress Code: Research the dress code of the resort you'll be staying at. Many all-inclusive resorts have dress codes for their restaurants and evening entertainment. Make sure to pack appropriate clothing, like resort casual or formal attire, if needed. 

    Clothing Tip: Focus on items you're likely to use, and try to mix and match clothing to create different outfits with fewer items.

Travel Documents: Ensure you have all your travel documents, including passports, visas, travel insurance, and hotel reservation details. Keep them in a secure, easy-to-access place. Some countries ask for proof of insurance so having everything in a handy place is a huge timesaver.

Swimwear: Pack multiple swimsuits or swim trunks so you always have a dry one to wear. A cover-up or sarong can be handy for walking to and from the pool or beach.

Sun Protection: Don't forget sunscreen, sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, and after-sun lotion to protect yourself from the sun's rays. I like to pack a large bottle for my checked bag and a small bottle for my small bag to have when I'm off resort on an excursion or want to hit the pool after check out.

Toiletries: While many resorts provide toiletries, it's a good idea to bring your essentials, especially if you have specific preferences. Consider travel-sized items to save space. I always pack a roll of toilet paper just in case for the airport bathrooms or if the resort is 1 ply.

Entertainment: If you enjoy reading, bring books or an e-reader. I always bring a book with me for the plane ride there and back and for some R & R on the beach. If your more into tv and movies downloading some things on Netflix for offline use is a great idea to avoid slow hotel internet and mobile data charges. A deck of cards is also nice to have in the evening hanging out.

Electronics: Don't forget your chargers, adapters, and power banks for your electronic devices. A waterproof phone case or pouch can be useful if you plan on taking your phone to the beach or pool.

Reusable Water Bottle: An essential to me. Just remember to finish or dump the water before airport security and then your free to fill it after your through. Many airports like Pearson also have water filling stations to take advantage of!

Snacks: Pack some snacks, like granola bars or nuts, for waiting at the airport, on the plane, or just in your room looking for a quick bite between meals.

Laundry Bag: A laundry bag can help keep dirty clothes separate from clean ones, making unpacking easier when you return home. I personally use a grocery bag or 2. I also use some to wrap around my shoes so they don't dirty any clothes.

*Travel Adapters and converters: Most places you will not need these but something to consider is that some countries/resorts have higher voltage then us. This is not a problem with most modern chargers as they auto convert the electricity, but if you are planning on bringing a blow-dryer, straightener or curling iron it could pose a problem.

I hope some of these tips help! Something on there that you can't live without? Let us know!