It's Time to Travel
Updated: Aug 17
All-inclusive resorts make your vacation a lot easier, but there are a few things you need to know.
The weather at resorts is usually great! But be prepared so you will enjoy your trip no matter what mother nature throws at you!
The evenings may be cool. Pack at least a light jacket and pants. The afternoons may be rainy. Take dry clothes with you in a day bag if you will be away from your resort and outside for the day.
You will spend a lot of time in and around the water! Bring at least two swimsuits so you always have a dry one ready to go.
You may want to think about bringing a nicer outfit for some of the dinner locations. A sundress or a collared shirt should be fine.
Bring a hat or visor and sunglasses. You are going to the tropics and there will be a lot of sun! And don't forget the sunscreen! This is one item that is easily overlooked. If you run out or forget, the resorts always have some but you will pay premium prices
Unfortunately, the bugs love tropical climates as much as we do. Pack some repellent!
Pack your swimsuit in your carry-on bag. That way if you get to the resort prior to check in you can drop your luggage with the staff and quickly change into your suit and start enjoying your vacation quicker.
What should you pack?
Don't forget your medications! Prescriptions can be particularly difficult when you are out of the country. Do not bring more than you need, but make sure you have enough to last if there are delays getting home.
Do not bring expensive jewelry. Pack costume or other inexpensive jewelry.
Bring goggles for the pool. If you have little ones that need floaties be sure to pack those too!
Don't forget your camera. If you are not a serious photographer, then do not bring the biggest, most expensive one camera you can get. Remember, the best camera is the one you have with you, if it is big and bulky it is likely to spend most of the trip in your room. Today your phone can take amazing pictures, so consider just bringing a backup battery so you can use it all day long.
Consider bringing a thermal cup with you, like this one. The cups provided at the resorts are typically small. By bringing your own cup you won't spend as much time getting refills and your drinks will stay colder longer.
Leave the resort! Get out and see the natural surroundings of the nearby cities of the destination. By leaving the resort you will learn about the area and be able to interact with the people and support the local economy.
Tips typically are not included in your stay. Plan ahead by bringing small bills to tip the staff, whether it's at the bar, restaurants or cleaning staff. Be sure that you are using the correct currency, as it's not always USD.
Pack a First-Aid kit! Having some Advil, Imodium, Pepto and Benadryl along with some bandaids is always a good idea. In case you run into some tummy problems you will be glad you have these with you. Most of these items can also be bought on property but typically are more expensive than at home.