10 Items to Pack for an All-Inclusive Vacation

So you’ve researched, saved your money and booked an all-inclusive vacation…that’s so exciting!! Now you’re ready to pack and although it would be amazing to pack everything you own, you won’t need it all. Knowing what to pack for an all-inclusive vacation is essential and as someone who is travelling monthly these days, I feel like I can help!

We all have different styles and tastes but these 10 items will definitely be appreciated if you pack them when you’re staying at an all-inclusive resort.

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10 Items to Pack for an All-Inclusive Vacation

1. Sunscreen. Please, please remember your sunscreen! You can purchase at hotels, but remember that the price will be inflated and it won’t be the brands you’re used to. Pick up an SPF appropriate for the sun exposure you’re going to be in and pack it in a Ziploc bag in your case.

2. Medication. This should probably be number one on the list right beside sunscreen because medications are very difficult to find in foreign countries. This is for prescribed medications as well as over-the-counter items such as Benadryl, Polysporin and Advil. Even if you do find your missing med, it could be a different dosage or not quite the same as at home.

3. Tip Money. All-inclusive vacations don’t mean EVERYTHING is paid for in advance. Carry some tip money with you as you’ll need it. From airport porters to the housekeeping staff, you’ll want to show your gratitude in the form of small bills.

4. Hat and sunglasses. If you’re heading South, the sun is HOT. Like very HOT. Bring along your hat and sunglasses and snooze by the pool or on the beach safely.

5. Flip flops. Chances are, you’ll be walking around your resort, heading to the pool and beach so why not make it easy with a pair of flip flops? If there’s a beach, you may also want water-shoes if it’s a rocky place.

6. Travel Mug. The glasses at the bars of an all-inclusive are notoriously small so think ahead and grab a travel mug to bring with you.

7. Dress Clothes. Bring along one or two dressier outfits for the a la carte dinners you’ll be enjoying. Most evening restaurants have a dress code so prepare in advance. Leave your precious jewellery at home and dress them up with some costume jewellery.

8. Casual Clothing. Shorts, tanks, t-shirts, bathing suit and sundresses – whatever you’re most comfortable in is what you want to pack. Personally I am usually in a bathing suit cover-up when on resort, but pack what makes you happy.

9. Pool toys. If you enjoy floating in the pool, pack a floating pool toy of your own. We bring our own snorkels and face masks as it just makes life easier.

10. Bug Spray. Like it or not bugs are everywhere and there’s nothing worse than being covered in bites. Plan ahead and bring your bug spray!

Are there any items I missed? Let me know!


After facing her alcoholism and being involved in a car accident, Julie began writing at where you’ll find that this funky blogger takes the tired, unappetizing reputation about sobriety and turns it into a day at the circus. Jam-packed with ideas for food & drink recipes, travel tips and reviews, real stories of recovery, tips for sobriety, reflections on life and tons of ideas for leading a better (more creative, more enjoyable) life.

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