It’s easy to see why vacationers are drawn to all-inclusive resorts. Most people go on vacation to relax and unwind, and having all of your meals, drinks and entertainment taken care of can be seen as downright convenient. Think about it. Once you arrive at your all-inclusive resort, you don’t have much to worry about. All of your meals are included and paid for, as are your favorite adult beverage , your beach chair and even a show or two each night. Some all-inclusive resorts take the convenience factor even further by offering non-motorized water sports and games for their guests, as well as bicycles and snorkel equipment.
Still, all-inclusive resorts simply cannot be everything to everyone. For all that they do include in one low price, there are still plenty of items they don’t offer. If you want your all-inclusive vacation to be as convenient and seamless as possible, then here are a few items that you shouldn’t forget to pack for your next all-inclusive vacation.
Your all-inclusive resort is probably nestled on a beach somewhere so you’ll wish you had at least one bottle of sunscreen with you. If you’re a beach-lover or you have your family in tow; you may even want to consider packing several. Consider all the different kinds of sun protection – including special creams for your face, body and hands, and at least one brand that is waterproof. Remember, you can always take home any that you don’t use on your trip.
An Insulated Mug
If you plan to imbibe during your all-inclusive trip, you may find yourself seriously annoyed with the cups your drinks will be served in. Drink glasses typically offered at all-inclusive resorts are ridiculously small and probably plastic. An insulated mug will serve as a refillable container that not only keeps your beverages cold, but keeps them protected from the elements as well. Bringing an insulated mug can also mean fewer trips to the bar and more time to relax.
A waterproof pouch
If you plan to float in the ocean for extended periods of time, it might be a good idea to invest in some type of waterproof pouch. This relatively inexpensive item can be purchased online, and can keep your room key, cash and small valuables safe while you enjoy the water. Without one, you might end up sitting up on the beach wishing you had someone to watch your stuff.
First-aid kit with basic medications
Those yummy drinks and lavish buffets might be delicious, but they can also do a number on your digestive system if you’re not used to the local cuisine. That’s why it’s a great idea to bring some of the basic over-the-counter medications with you; such as anti-diarrhea medicine, aspirin or Tylenol, and Tums, in addition to a small first-aid kit. You never know when something will go wrong so it’s always best to be prepared.
Most all-inclusive resorts have much more than ocean wildlife and tropical birds – many of them have bugs as well. There are these little annoying biting bugs referred to as “noseeums” because you can’t see them but they will feast on your slightly sunburned skin and drive you insane with the itch. That’s why bringing your own bug spray and some afterbite ointment is so essential.
The good news: Most all-inclusive resorts will have a small convenience store that offers most of these items if you get in a bind. The bad news: they will cost two or three times more than what you would normally pay at home. No one wants to fork over $30 for a tube of bug spray. So avoid spending a small fortune for convenience items on your all-inclusive trip by making a list of things you might need and plan on bringing them yourself. If not, you’re at the mercy of your resort that may not have these items or will charge you an arm and a leg for something that can be purchased rather cheaply at home.