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Your all-inclusive vacation ultimate packing list

Headed to paradise but stressed about packing? We’ve done the thinking for you and put together the ultimate all-inclusive packing list, including some tips from travel experts to help you pack for your next sunny vacation.

What to bring on an all-inclusive vacation

You’ve booked an all-inclusive trip for the beach vacation of your dreams, but there’s still one thing left to do – pack! Knowing what to pack for an all-inclusive vacation can ensure that your much-needed getaway is seamless and relaxing, instead of stressful and frustrating. Follow this guide and you’re guaranteed to have everything you’ll need for your next all-inclusive vacation.

Microfibre towel

Having a good microfibre towel can make all the difference when heading to a hot vacation destination. Tour Republic, an online blog specializing in travel to Cuba, gave the following advice for packing to a hot destination: “A good microfiber towel is a must for any vacation where you plan to spend some time in the water or under extreme heat. This sweat towel is lightweight, durable and easy to pack, but still essential.”

Cover-ups

The Styled Blonde gave the following advice for adding cover-ups to your all-inclusive packing list: “I packed a fun dress, a printed romper, and a couple of shawls. Keep in mind that if you are going to run and grab food from a restaurant for lunch, they will probably have a dress code that requires more than a swimsuit. The majority of ours required just a simple cover-up and all of the options I brought along worked!”

Swimsuits

If you’re planning an all-inclusive trip to a beach destination such as Mexico, the most important article of clothing to pack is your swimsuit. The Styled Blonde gave this advice when packing swimsuits: “I would recommend taking 3! You will probably be on the beach for more than three days but you can easily dry them overnight. Try mixing up the styles you take: A 1 piece with fun cut-outs, a scallop bikini, and a bright 2 piece for example.”

Need some tips on where to go for your all-inclusive vacation? Check out our article on beach destinations that you don’t want to miss out on.

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All-Inclusive Packing Guide

Daypack

Packing a daypack inside your larger luggage is essential for ensuring you have everything you need while you go exploring. Consider bringing a small, easily packable bag that you can fold up into your suitcase such as the Tortuga Setout Packable Daypack. This daypack folds into a 7″ x 5″ x 2.5″ pouch, is water repellent, has lockable zippers, and comes at an affordable price.

Reef-friendly sunscreen

Many common sunscreens contain chemicals that are extremely harmful to coral reefs. In fact, sunscreen is a contributor to bleaching, deformity, and destruction of coral reefs. Before you drop your sunscreen in your bag, check to make sure it’s reef-friendly. If it isn’t, there are a number of sunscreens that are reef safe, such as the Thinksport Safe Sunscreen and Raw Elements Certified Natural Sunscreen. Not only are these sunscreen brands safe and sustainable to use in the ocean, but they also have a high SPF content and are small enough to take in your carry-on bag.

Bluetooth speaker

When you’re relaxing on the private beach behind your all-inclusive resort, why not bring a little music into the mix? Katherine from The Weekend Fox had this advice to give regarding portable bluetooth speakers: “We rarely turn on the television when we’re travelling, but we love listening to music.”

Travel documents

Don’t forget the most important thing to have on your all-inclusive packing list – your important travel documents, such as your Canadian passport. Your trip will be over before it begins if you forget your passport and other necessary travel documents, so triple-check that these are in your bag before heading out.

Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months from the date of your trip.

Packing basics for your all-inclusive trip

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All-Inclusive Packing Guide

The essentials that you need to pack won’t change, regardless of whether or not your vacation is all-inclusive. You’ll want to make sure you put the following items on your packing list for your all-inclusive vacation.

Clothing

Your all-inclusive packing list won’t be complete without the following clothing basics: 

  • Undergarments (underwear, bra)
  • Socks
  • Pants
  • Shorts
  • Shirts
  • Swimsuit(s)
  • Sweater
  • Sleepwear
  • Sneakers
  • Flip flops (waterproof)
  • Dressy flats/sandals
  • Sunglasses 
  • Nice dress or suit for fancier dinners

Toiletries

The good thing about staying at an all-inclusive resort is that they’ll likely have most of the toiletries you’ll need. To prevent running around trying to find additional toiletries, remember to put these items on your all-inclusive packing list:

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste (if you have a particular preference for your own)
  • Floss
  • Deodorant
  • Facial cleanser
  • Sunscreen (reef-friendly)
  • Aloe (for sunburns)
  • Insect repellent
  • Necessary medications
  • Pain reliever
  • Moisturizer
  • Nail clipper/file
  • Tweezers

If you prefer to purchase your toiletries in your vacation destination, remember to still bring your medications and pain relievers in case they don’t have an exact match.

Check out our article about carry-on liquids for details on how to ensure your toiletries are all compliant with TSA regulations.

woman writing in a notepad with an open suitcase, making her all-inclusive packing list
All-Inclusive Packing Guide

Misc. Items

Packing tips

This list includes other travel items you can try to make your next all-inclusive getaway a little easier.

  • Roll up your stuff: Rolling up your clothing and condensing them where possible will make a huge difference. For example, put your socks inside of your shoes and fit a few shirts into your daypack.
  • Fill your daypack: Put most of your all-inclusive essentials in your daypack.
  • Get packing cubes: Consider investing in some packing cubes – these make all the difference!
  • Minimize with multi-purpose clothing: A lot of our all-inclusive travel items listed above can serve you in multiple ways during your resort vacation. For more tips to make packing easier, check out this article on packing like a pro.

Knowing what to bring to an all-inclusive resort can seem daunting, but now you can rest assured that you have everything you’ll need. Enjoy your well-deserved, all-inclusive beach vacation!