Headed to an all-inclusive paradise for a week (or two!) sometime soon? Whether you’re headed to Punta Cana, the latest resort in Cancun, or jetting off to Jamaica, here are some essential travel items to pack in your suitcase for your next all-inclusive vacation.
1. Quick Dry Beach Towel
Tired of those bulky hotel towels that just soak up all of the sand? For your next all-inclusive (or just about any type of getaway) consider investing in a quick-dry beach towel.
This must-carry travel item is truly gem: it packs super light, it dries quickly and efficiently, AND there are so many on the market right now that are sand proof! With just a few shakes, the sand is off of your towel so you don’t end up carrying the whole beach with you back to your hotel.
2. Shampoo & Body Bars
Shampoo bars, conditioner bars, soap bars, moisturizing bars, all the bars. Save yourself the extra stress when it comes to packing liquids in your carry-on and pack a small plastic bag of soap solids for your next all-inclusive vacation. Because each airline is different, it’s hard to know the amount of liquids that you’re allowed to carry on board with you, so soap and shampoo bars with not only save you some room in your luggage but you won’t run the risk of getting them confiscated when you’re going through security.
It’s much easier nowadays to head to a local shop and find homemade bars with simple ingredients, so let’s normalize these low-waste wonders for all future travel packing lists.
3. Bluetooth Speaker
This tech item is quickly becoming one of the top travel must-haves for 2022. You can’t go wrong with a bluetooth speaker to take with you to the beach or for when you’re just chilling in your hotel room.
If you plan to spend lots of time poolside and at the beach, take things to the next level and purchase a waterproof bluetooth speaker; one with an IPX8 rating means that it will still be protected even if it’s been submerged in water.
4. Probiotic Drops
Travel sickness is real, but there are ways to combat it. A classic travel hack that I have is to always make sure my gut is filled with some of that good bacteria before a trip; this will limit my risk of getting sick while on the road.
One easy way to do this is to eat a serving or two of yogurt the few days leading up to your trip. But if you want to take some protection on your all-inclusive vacation with you, these probiotic drops are a must! 10 drops of a liquid concentrate with water or juice (I recommend juice – the taste is really bitter!) is a great way to prepare your stomach for a new environment filled with new food and drink.
5. Carry-On Suitcase
With all of the luggage nightmares happening nowadays, it’s safe to say that traveling carry-on only is the way to go in 2022. If you want to avoid the stress of dealing with baggage loss or delays for your vacation, invest in one amazing carry-on suitcase that will be by your side for years.
Remember that the standard luggage size for most airlines is approximately 55 x 40 x 23 cm/ 21.5 x 15.7 x 9 in (maximum) so make sure your wheelie suitcase or backpack fits those dimensions.
6. Reef Safe Sunscreen
With more chemical-based sunscreens being banned in popular travel destinations (such as Hawaii), it’s a pretty safe bet to start shopping for your new favorite sunscreen that is zinc oxide based. Lots of mineral and coral reef-safe sunscreens come in reusable tins, so they will be easy to pack for your all-inclusive getaway.
Brands like Thinksport also have effective, reef-safe sunscreens for the whole family (baby, kids, adults) that are available in carry-on sizes, so these are a new travel must-have.
7. Travel Citronella Candle
Balmy tropical climates often come with mosquitoes, so if you don’t want your vacation ruined by swatting those annoying pests 24/7, consider bringing a travel-friendly citronella candle with you on your next all-inclusive vacation. Throw a few in your luggage that have a cover so that they will be easy and safe to carry around. You can light it up while you’re relaxing on the deck in the evening to help keep those mosquitoes at bay.
8. Beach Bag
A perfect personal item to pair with your carry-on luggage is a beach bag for your all-inclusive.
Pack all of your daily must-haves in here (sand-proof towel, water bottle, sunscreen, speaker) for your beach days or afternoons spent lounging by the pool.
9. Travel Adapter
An all-in-one travel adapter will always come in handy for a trip – it’s small and easy to throw into your carry-on, and you’ll never know when you might need it.
Whether you’re on an all-inclusive in Greece or Phuket, you’ll be able to charge your devices safely with this little travel adapter. You can buy them at the airport or at your nearest drug store.
10. Reusable Water Bottle
Not only will a travel water bottle save you money at the airport (hello $5 bottles of water), bringing a reusable water bottle for an all-inclusive vacation is a great way to carry around your favorite drinks while keeping them cool. Whether you plan on using it for your iced coffee or a beach cocktail, a reusable water bottle is an essential packing list item.
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