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All Inclusive Packing List

Updated on April 14, 2014

Planning an All -Inclusive Vacation?

All inclusive resort vacations include a lot of amenities, but you still need a good packing list to ensure you have everything you need for the perfect vacation. Did you know most airlines will allow you to have 2 checked pieces of luggage included when traveling internationally? That means room to pack the essentials plus a few extras to ensure you want for naught while on your vacation.

Sandals Whitehouse boasts 2 miles of private beach.
Sandals Whitehouse boasts 2 miles of private beach.

What to Pack

On your next vacation

This list includes a wide selection of items pulled from various message boards, reviews, personal experience and travel web sites. You may not need everything on this list, but consulting it will ensure you won't forget a thing.

Enjoy your relaxing vacation.

Toiletries - A his and hers list

Packing tip: Store lotions and liquids in zip lock bags to keep anything that leaks under cabin pressure and rough baggage handling from ruining everything in your suitcase.

  • toothpaste & toothbrush
  • face wash, make up remover, face wipes
  • moisturizers for face, body and hands
  • shampoo, conditioner, body soap or wash. Note some all inclusive resorts will provide these toiletries
  • feminine hygiene products
  • good sunscreens
  • perfume or body spray
  • hair dryer (most rooms will have these, but they aren't that great), curling iron or straight iron
  • deodorant
  • razors
  • nail clippers
  • hair products (hair spray, gel, etc.)
  • hair brush, comb
  • tweezers

Suitcases - Good luggage is a worthwhile investment

I like to add a colorful ribbon to my suitcase handle for easy spotting on the luggage carousel.

Travel Friendly Kits - Airline compliant

Clothing - Resort Casual or Evening

Many resorts allow beach cover ups for restaurants during the day but switch to an evening dress code for evening meals.

  • several swimsuits (you don't want to have to put on a still wet one when changing for activities throughout the day)
  • athletic wear (shorts, tank, sports bra, socks and good athletic shoes)
  • casual outfit (shorts, t-shirt/tank)
  • dressier clothes (collard shirt, slacks, skirt, dress) for evenings
  • lightweight dress (easy to throw on over a suit as a cover up, or can be worn on excursions)
  • A dressy pair of sandals or shoes for evening wear

Cheap Flip Flops - A beach essential

This is my husband's foot while washing away the beach sand. He's wearing flip flops I found for just a few dollars. They were covered in beach crud by the end of our stay and we happily disposed of them.

Beach Bag - Select a flat or mesh bag that will lie flat in your suitcase

A beach bag lets you take all the essentials with you for the day. Bonus for finding one that will lie flat and take up zero room in your suitcase.

  • baby wipes
  • magazines or books
  • beach cover ups
  • Extra Ziploc bags to keep sand out of things
  • water shoes
  • swimwear & cover-ups
  • snorkel gear
  • flip flops
  • sunscreen
  • bug spray
  • Bubba Keg for water or other beverages

Don't Forget to Pack This

Sunscreen is the #1 essential item to be packed for a sunny locale vacation. Keep a bottle stashed in your beach bag at all times.

I prefer the sprayable kind, it's quick and easy to apply.

Beach Bags - Haul all your essentials to the beach or poolside

Medical - Better to be safe than sorry.

Stock a few essentials to keep you comfortable. You don't want even a light headache to ruin your fun.

  • anti-itch cream
  • band aids (small first aid kit)
  • Benadryl spray for bug bites/rashes
  • Dramamine (if prone to motion sickness)
  • Rolaids/Tums
  • Tylenol
  • cough drops

Entertainment - Games, reading material, music

  • batteries or charger for misc. electronics
  • iPod or other MP3 player
  • Romantic aids
  • Candles and a matchbook
  • Cards
  • My favorite, a Kindle
  • Solid Bubble Baths like Sunny Side Bubble Bar from Lush - So much easier to pack!

Bubba Keg - The single most used item I packed

If your all-inclusive includes adult beverages, a Bubba Keg is a must! We took a set of these to the pool with us every single day and the bartenders filled them up with a smile. No questions asked.

Forget Something? - Add your packing tips here!

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      jojo 2 years ago

      missing pj's and cellphone/ camera

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      You idea of the Bubba Kegs is a great one. No sand in the drinks and you are saving all the plastic cups. We store our sunglasses inside the Bubba Kegs to protect them in our suitcases. We haven't had a broken set yet!

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      ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

      Great lens! Thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I spray my clothes with my perfume before I pack and then only pack the corresponding lotion. Also, I've really taken to packing samples of things like facewash to save room. Travel clothes steamers are FANTASTIC, too (way easier/faster than ironing & better for your clothes).

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi! Your lens gave me some really good ideas for my lens. All inclusive is the way to go! Please check my lens out: http://www.squidoo.com/what-does-all-inclusive-mea...

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      floresbrowns 6 years ago

      Hi Nibbled,

      Glad to read your news about All Inclusive Packing List. It's very useful content for all lens user who is going for holiday vacation with his family and facing parking problem. I liked your post.

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      Carterpants 6 years ago

      Spray sun tan lotion is pretty much the greatest invention ever.

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      tiff0315 6 years ago

      When going on vacation I have to pack for the entire family and it's hard to remember everything to pack for everyone. A packing list for the kids would be a good lens to do as well! Thanks for the tips

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      pixelposy 6 years ago

      @WorldVisionary: Thank you I'm very honored and it is much appreciated!

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      pixelposy 6 years ago

      @BestRatedStuff: Good tip. I always wonder who had the blanket before me on the airplane. :) We often take our own comforter when staying at a hotel... not sure we'd have enough suitcase room to do so when flying... maybe those crazy space savor vacuum bags would come in handy.

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      BestRatedStuff 6 years ago

      Yeah sure, don't forget to take a travel blanket, or in warmer months/climes a travel sack. I really like to sleep on my own linen :)

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      WorldVisionary 6 years ago

      Interesting idea for a lens! Blessed by a Squid Angel