Ultimate All-Inclusive Packing List: Essentials for Every Adventure

Booked an all-inclusive vacation and unsure about what to pack? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! This ultimate all-inclusive vacation packing checklist is designed to simplify your packing process and ensure you have everything you need, without carrying excess. This guide will help you prepare for every aspect of your trip, from the flight to resort living and everything in between. So, get ready to pack like a pro and set yourself up for a stress-free holiday!

What to pack in your carry on

  • Passport: the most important thing you can bring!
  • Plane ticket/e-doc: since most of our flight information is now done with a QR scanner or barcode.
  • Resort booking information
  • Cash for tipping
  • Document holder: If you’re like me, I need all my things organized for easy access so I don’t stand around at security or the check-in counter fumbling through my items. Include your emergency contacts. I also bring one credit card for emergencies or if we decide to do an excursion. Also bring your transfer information if your transportation to and from the resort isn’t included, Driver’s License if you plan on renting a car, and any insurance information.
  • Reusable water bottle 
  • Travel adapter 
  • Headphones: either noise cancelling or bluetooth ear buds for the pool or beach.
  • Any valuables: never pack high-value items in your checked luggage!
  • Medication
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Charging cables

Clothing to pack

  • Shorts
  • Tank tops/t-shirts
  • Day dresses
  • Dressy sandals for evening
  • Evening wear: be sure to read the dress code on your resort’s website, as many require more formal evening wear.
  • Active wear: if you plan on doing any excursions, or working out.
  • A light sweater: I always wear one on the plane.Undergarments (including socks for plane travel – I always wear sneakers on the plane)

I’m not going to deny it – 90% of the time I spend the day in a bathing suit and cover up. I just don’t see the reason to bring t-shirts or shorts when I know I’m going to be lazy by the pool! Shorts and tank tops are great for excursions, so I will bring them anyway in the event we decide to go off-resort.  

Toiletries to bring to an all-inclusive resort 

Most commonly, toiletries are provided. Oftentimes I don’t even pack shampoo, conditioner, body lotion or shower gel because it’s all provided! Just be mindful if you are only taking a carry-on, your liquids must not be more than 100 ml each. I like using reusable bottles. 

  • Aloe Vera 
  • Insect repellant 
  • Hair ties 
  • Deodorant
  • Razor and shaving cream
  • Makeup remover
  • Makeup
  • Tide stick
  • Toothbrush, floss, and toothpaste 

Things to pack for the beach & pool

  • Sun hat 
  • Flip flops
  • Cover up: They’re great for putting on to go for lunch since most resorts require guests to be clothed for sit-down restaurants.
  • Swimsuits: at least 2 so you’ll always have a dry one.
  • Sunglasses
  • Beach bag: super handy to carry your belongings down to the beach or pool.
  • Sunscreen
  • ​​Lip sunscreen: we usually tend to forget about our lips!
  • Books 
  • Towel clips: You may want to consider these to keep your towels fastened to your lounger. They really come in handy because they help you quickly identify your lounger, and you can get all kinds of cute ones. They also make great gifts! 

What NOT to pack for an all-inclusive vacation​​​​

  • Towels: you’ll even be given a towel card or will have free access to towels throughout the resort for the beach and pool.
  • Pillows 
  • A hair dryer.

They’re in your room! Shampoo, lotion, body wash, etc. – that’s provided!