21 Must-Have Items For an All-Inclusive Resort

All-inclusive vacations are ideal for when you just really need to relax. During an all-inclusive resort vacation, you don’t have to worry about cooking or planning your meals, you can choose to lay in a lounge chair or partake in any of the daily activities, and you never have to make your bed! Partake in special themed nights, enjoy multiple nightlife scenes, and hit the gym during your stay if you please. It’s a wonderful opportunity to do less thinking and more relaxing. Don’t forget to pack these 21 must-have items for an all-inclusive resort.

Must-Have All-Inclusive Resort Items

I wouldn’t go on vacation to an all-inclusive resort without bringing these 21 items along for the ride!

Insulated Tumbler

Hands down, THE most important thing you could possibly bring with you is an insulated tumbler. Not only will this help your drink to stay cold and free of bugs & sand while you bask in the sun, but it’s also a really sustainable thing to do as well! Create less waste by using and reusing your insulated tumbler on your next All-Inclusive Vacation.

Beach Bag

Make it your personal item on the plane! This is a great way to get double use out of an item that you absolutely need during your stay. Pack it up with sunblock, books, a deck of cards, sunglasses, a hat, snacks, and a camera for the pool, beach, or excursion.

Playing Cards

A deck of playing cards can make rainy days fly-by at the bar and can even earn you a couple of new friends! Whether you’re trying to pass the time, drink with an added purpose, or add a little pizzazz to your pool relaxation, a deck of cards can do the trick.

A Good Book

Relax your way through a good book -or two- on your next all-inclusive resort vacation. Don’t forget that you can bring a Kindle or your iPad and have a plethora of books to read through on your next vacation for the space of one.

Phone/Camera and Tripod

Couldn’t make this happen without the Tripod!

Almost every All-Inclusive Resort offers photographer sessions. I’ve done them and have really loved the way the photos of me and my family turned out. If you’re looking to save a couple of bucks OR you’re traveling solo and just need a few shots, bring a tripod along. I bought an awesome, inexpensive tripod off of Amazon to bring on my trip this year so I could get the shots I needed for the blog without bugging my friends to take them for me. As it turns out, we love all of the photos we took with it.


Protect your eyes from the bright sun and don’t forget your sunglasses! I suggest bringing two pairs just in case you lose a pair along the way (I may or may not have done that in Punta Cana 2019). 


The sun is stronger near the equator, and in my experience, most of the All-Inclusives I’ve stayed at are pretty dang close to the equator. Most resorts will have a shop on-site where you can purchase sunscreen but it is often astronomically more expensive than purchasing it at home and bringing it along.


The only thing worse than your back and shoulders being sunburnt is your lips. Be sure to include chapstick with SPF in your packing plans to keep those lips silky smooth and full of moisture.

Bug Spray

Plain and simple, don’t let bugs ruin your stay. I’ve found myself lucky enough to stay at resorts right on the water, so the breeze tends to act as a bug repellent but I’ve experienced a few nights of intense mosquitos that have caused me to pack bug spray for every vacation.

1st Aid Kit

A mini First Aid Kit including Tums, Asprin, bandaids, nail clippers and alcohol wipes could save your day. Hopefully, you won’t need to use any of the items inside, but just in case you do – you’re prepared! I put my supplies in a plastic baggie at the top of my bag. All-inclusive resorts always have a nurse on hand, and generally and infirmary, but if all you need is a bandaid, it’s certainly easier to help yourself.

Portable Charger

Can’t go wrong with the portable charger! Keep your devices charged throughout the day whether you’re using them to read, play music, or take photos. My specific charger is GoalZero and I love it.  

Waterproof Pouch

A wet bag or waterproof pouch is a helpful tool to keep your valuables dry in the event of a splash or downpour. It’s also a helpful tool to have in your back pocket if you plan on heading out on any excursions such as a catamaran ride or a waterfall trek during your stay.

Mini Speaker

A mini, waterproof speaker is perfect when you’re at the beach or sitting poolside and can’t stand the looping music that has been playing for 3 days straight. It also serves as a great tool for getting ready in the evenings for your night out!

Inner Tube

Pack a cheap, inflatable inner tube to really improve your pool relaxation. Some resorts have pool floats available to guests on a first come first serve basis, but you could have a float at any time if you pack your own! Other packed floatie bonuses… they make GREAT seats. Whether you’re stuck in the airport or hanging out at the beach – your inner tube can really provide a lot of comforts. 

Reusable Food Baggies

Fill ‘em up at home for your flight to save money at the airport and then use them at the resort. Throw some fresh fruit, cereal, or crackers in these bags at breakfast to help hold you (or your little ones) over as you get to lunch. Also, think about your late-night cravings! Although most resorts do account for this with some form of a snack bar, you can have all the treats you need if you remember the proper receptacle. These also work great for bringing snacks on excursions.

Pool Shoes

Bring shoes you intend on wearing ONLY to the pool and beach. They’ll be wet and sandy by the end of each day and it won’t matter because you’ll have different sandals ready for your evening wear. Personally, I pack an array of CROCs sandals for my All-Inclusive resort Vacations; they’re easy to dry off and clean and they’re just so incredibly comfortable. 

Cover Up

An easy, slip-on/slip-over that will allow you access to midday restaurants and help you feel comfortable if you do choose to get up from your beach chair and take a stroll around the resort. I honestly, packed three for my 6-day trip so I can mix it up. In living your day to day all-inclusive resort life, you’ll find that cover ups are the go-to daytime wear.

Cross-Body Bag

You don’t need much when you head out for the night at an All-Inclusive Resort, however, having a small crossbody bag is nice. Pack your minimalist wallet, lip gloss, and phone in your bag for your evenings out on the resort (or town!). That deck of cards is an added late-night drinking bonus as well.

Minimalist Wallet

Don’t pack whatever you normally carry your day-to-day in. Narrow it down to a card you might need in the airport, your health insurance card, cash for tipping and any on-resort purchases, and your identification. A very thin wallet might even fit in your pocket, removing the need for a cross-body bag entirely if you’re just that minimal. Limit the number of things you could lose/misplace with this simple strategy.

Light Jacket

These island locations are hot but they can be breezy in the evenings and chilly in the all-inclusive resort air conditioning. Bring a light jacket to keep you comfortable in the evening; denim jackets tend to match with everything and be a perfect weight.

Copy of Travel Documents

I like to e-mail myself a copy of the travel documents and passport. You never know what can happen so having these at your fingertips to use and reprint can be clutch. 


Remember these 21 must-have items for your next all-inclusive vacation. The best way to transport your belongings is with the Standard Luggage Carry-On Backpack. If the trip allows, I try to only bring carry-on luggage; I always have possession of my belongings and never have to worry about the cost or time associated with checking a bag. I hope you take these suggestions along for your next All-Inclusive Vacation and have a remarkable time!

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Hi there, I'm Kati! I'm an outdoor recreation loving public school teacher who plans epic adventures on her school breaks. If you like to explore and experience beautiful new places on a budget, then let me help you plan your next trip!

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