The Resort is All Inclusive, so What Do You Need to Bring With You?
Choosing an all-inclusive resort for your vacation can take off the pressure of planning, as you won't need to search for places to eat, things to do, or hotels for multiple nights. However, some expenses are still going to pop up and some items won't be available at your location. Some minor pre-planning can ensure your vacation isn't interrupted by an unexpected expense or item you can't find at the resort or in local stores. All-inclusive resorts are a small but growing percentage of available vacation spots and as a result, travelers may not be familiar with the expectations and exclusions associated with an all-inclusive experience. Tipping, alcoholic beverages, and premium experiences such as spas may be examples of expenses that are not part of the package. This guide can help you determine what you'll need to pack for your vacation based on what items are commonly unavailable at these elite vacations.
The Five Items
1 - Prescriptions and Medications
Many all-inclusive resorts recommend or require that you stay on site for the entire duration of your stay, sometimes for safety reasons. Most do not have a pharmacy on site, and if they do you may not be able to get prescriptions there, especially as an international visitor. You should, therefore, make sure your prescriptions are up to date and that you have enough for your entire trip. Ideally, make sure you work with your insurance company several weeks prior to your trip to make sure there will not be any issues.
2 - A Good Book
Despite having a multitude of activities available at the resort, it's a great idea to have a quiet activity available in case you need a break or feel sick. Resorts probably will not have a library or bookstore, so pack a page turner or two in case you need a diversion.
3 - Feminine Products
If these are available at the resort, you will likely pay a premium for them. Make sure you have enough for your entire trip, and a few extra in case travel plans change.
4 - Spending Money
At the very least, some cash should be on hand for tipping and emergencies. This will also come in handy if you encounter things that aren't included in your vacation, such as wi-fi or alcoholic beverages.
5 - Research Extra Items Before You Leave
Before you head out, email or call the resort and make sure you know what you'll have to pay extra for. Things to check on specifically are wifi, alcohol, whether all experiences are included or if there are some you will have to pay extra for, transportation to and from the resort, and a la carte restaurants. If one or more things are not included, plan accordingly to have currency exchanged at the airport or before you've left.
Writing a list before leaving can help ensure you don't forget anything important when you're planning your trip, and taking the time to learn what is and is not included in your trip is important to make sure you don't come up short when it's time to leave. Enjoy your vacation more by knowing what you should bring with you.