When I honeymooned at an all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic a few years ago, I was completely unsure of what to pack. Since then, I’ve been lucky enough to go on another resort vacation and have finally learned how to avoid overpacking. If you’re trying to do the same, here is what to pack for an all-inclusive resort vacation!
Now, this is my standard packing list for a 7 day stay. So if you’re going a bit longer or shorter, you’ll have to make some adjustments!
Three bathing suits – You might be able to get away with two if you only wear one a day, but if you’re planning on hitting the pool/beach more than once, having an extra dry back up will come in handy! For me, three is a must. On that note, pack 2-3 cover-ups.
A hat – I love sun as much as the next girl, but when I’m trying to read or nap poolside, a little shade on my face is key. Now whether you choose a floppy hat (I love these “I wish you were here sunhats!!), a fedora (this is a great option under $10!), or a baseball cap is purely up to you! And don’t forget a pair of sunglasses!
A pair of pool/beach flip-flops. These are not your everyday sandals. I’m talking about your classic, basic flip-flops. The only time you’ll have them on is for walking to and from the beach or pool. No need to have several pairs! (I prefer these because they last, but if you want a less expensive option, this price can’t be beat!!)
Dresses. In the evenings, I live in sundresses because it can still be pretty warm in tropical climates! A couple sundresses or maxi dresses will take you from a beach side stroll to dinner. I pack four, but again, I live in them. (You can see an example of my resort vacation style here!)
2-3 pairs of shorts. Since I more of a dress person, I lean towards two. Rather have a skirt? Swap one for a pair of shorts.
4-5 tops. The lighter the better, but again make sure you check those restaurant dress codes if you’re wearing them in the evening!
A Tervis Tumbler or something similar. Most all-inclusives serve drinks in tiny plastic cups. Wanna keep that frozen drink actually frozen? Looking to lounge as much as possible? Bring your own cup! (This is what I use! And here is a 2-pack version!)
Bug repellent. Do some research on your beach, but from my experience, bugs can be killer at night time! The bug bracelets worked great for me in the Dominican Republic, but I also love these bug repellent wipes. They’re easy to throw in your bag and you never have to worry about spills!
Just in case, pack a first aid kit with band-aids, antacid, anti-diarrheal, and pain-relievers. Trying unfamiliar foods or indulging in extra cocktails might do a number on your tummy!
Thinking about a sporty excursion like a treetop adventure or riding RV’s on the beach? Make sure you have a tank, shorts, and footwear (you may need a pair of sneakers!) that work!
No need to mention all of your underthings, PJs, and toiletries, right? Good. Then, don’t forget sunscreen, sunscreen, and more sunscreen. And books if you’re into that sort of thing. I sure am.
Leave it at home: jewelry, your full-face makeup kit (keep it light!), and anything irreplaceable.
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