It is always overwhelming trying to figure out what you need to pack for vacation and it can be hard to resist over-packing. Sometimes while planning, it feels like you need absolutely everything in your wardrobe and you wind up taking enough items to last you 6 months in your destination, rather than one week.
To avoid overpacking (or underpacking), stick to the essentials that you are likely to need for an all-inclusive vacation regardless of where in the world you are jetting off to. An additional tip is to research your destination thoroughly before you go.
If you research the resort you are staying at, you can usually get a good idea of what you should bring with you and what they offer as inclusive. Chances are, you will need to take less than you first predicted. This comes with the added benefit that you then you don’t have to be lugging around all of those heavy bags either.
Important Documents and Identification
As with traveling anywhere, make sure that you have all of the necessary documents with you in order to ensure that your trip runs as smoothly as possible. The critical things to consider are as follows:
- Photocopy of passports (just in case)
- Flight tickets
- Hotel booking confirmations (the hotel will have a reference of your booking anyway, but sometimes it’s useful for your reference to have information such as the address, the check-in times, etc, all easily accessible)
- Insurance documents
Depending on where you are traveling to, the voltage and power outlets may vary to what you are typically used to back at home. You should be sure to research this before your departure and then buy the necessary travel adaptors and converters before you travel. Many hotel receptions have these items for rent/sale, however you definitely don’t want to risk being away on vacation and your phone or camera running out of battery.
From the Medicine Cabinet
Remember to pack any prescriptions that you take or any household medicines or supplies that you think you may need (i.e. things like antacids or your preferred painkillers). You may struggle to find your preferred brands while you are away and when prescriptions are involved, you really don’t want the hassle of having to locate a doctor while you are on vacation.
Sadly, if you’re traveling to warm destinations or you’re going away in the height of summer, bugs are unavoidable. Nobody wants to spend their vacation accompanied by constant scratching and they definitely don’t want to be sporting unattractive, bulging insect bites so a good repellent should be high on your list of things to pack.
We know how much you desire that golden, exotic looking tan but don’t forget that sunscreen doesn’t stop you from getting some color. All it does is simply stop you from turning an unpleasant shade of lobster red. If you’re traveling to an adults-only resort and you plan on doing a lot of outdoor activities with your partner, sunscreen is a must.
Sunscreen is super important for protecting your skin. It’s better to buy this before you travel so that you can ensure that you can find the brand you prefer, and not to mention, the price is going to be substantially higher if you buy it at the resort.
In the Wardrobe
The important thing to remember is not to overpack. You should be sufficiently prepared for the settings and events that you intend to include on your vacation. This means without having a suitcase that is absolutely bursting at the seams. Assuming that your all-inclusive vacation is to a hot destination, here is what you should be packing:
- 2-3 swimsuits (This allows a little variety for all of the time spent lulling by the pool and making the most of that all inclusive bar service)
- A sunhat (Essential protection)
- A good book to read by the pool
- A sarong/cover-up for swimsuit (it’s not always appropriate to be strolling around in your bikini)
- Sandals/flip flops
- One or two nicer outfits for evenings out and dinners (i.e. dress shirts and pants for him and a nice dress for her)
- Nice shoes for evenings out
- 3-4 pairs of shorts (maybe a few more for him since he won’t be wearing summer dresses or skirts)
- 3-4 light cotton breathable shirts
- 2-3 lightweight dresses for her
- A small bag for trips and excursions
- Lightweight pajamas
For the Kids
If you have little ones joining you on the trip, you can pretty much follow the list above for what clothing items and accessories to pack. Additional things to take into consideration for the kids are items for use in the pool such as goggles and floatation devices.
Consider traveling to a family-friendly resort since there are plenty of activities to keep your children entertained. Even so, don’t hesitate to pack a few extras like their favorite toys, or maybe some movies to watch in the room. Remember that anything you forget to pack and decide to buy upon arrival is going to be more expensive at the resort.
Stick to the List
No matter how hard you try, it’s likely you’re going to forget something when you’re packing for you trip. Try creating a handwritten list, that way you can cross things off as you pack them in your bag.
This is supposed to be a stress-free process, you are going on vacation to relax. Don’t worry yourself sick about the packing situation. Your goal is to have fun with your partner or with the kids, and create a memories you will remember for years to come.