The Ultimate All-Inclusive Packing List for a Resort Vacation (+free printable packing list)

It might seem like you don’t need to add much on your all-inclusive packing list. After all, you’ll be spending most of your time by the pool or on the beach, right?

All-inclusive vacations are great simply because they’re easy. You don’t have to do a lot of planning, research where you’re going to eat, or even hardly plan what activities to do.

But the tricky part about what to pack for an all-inclusive resort is making sure you don’t forget anything. Because once you’re on the resort, it’ll be hard to purchase items you may have missed from your packing list (or you’ll end up spending 5x as much for the same thing at the resort shop!)

After creating our own all-inclusive packing list for our Mexico vacation, I figured it would be great to share here to ease all of your packing worries! From fun in the sun to off-property excursions, this all-inclusive packing list has everything you need for stress-free planning of your all-inclusive vacation!

Ready to pack for your resort vacation? Read on for the ultimate all-inclusive packing list with all the essentials.

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The pool surrounded by palm trees at an all-inclusive resort in Mexico.

The Ultimate All-Inclusive Resort Packing List

Deciding what to pack for an all-inclusive resort is no easy task. Sure, you’ll spend plenty of time relaxing by the pool, but you’ll want to bring so much more than your swimsuit to level-up your all-inclusive resort experience.

Having just returned an all-inclusive resort in Mexico, I’ve compiled this comprehesive packing list for all-inclusive resort vacations to help you take the guesswork out and decide exactly what to pack for an all-inclusive resort trip.

Clothes & Accessories | All-Inclusive Packing List

Your packing list for an all-inclusive resort will consist of primarily two wardrobe options: beachwear by day and evening wear by night. And while you’ll need specific items for each, having versatile pieces and accessories that can go from day to night will help you travel lighter. These are a few of our favorites to include on your packing list.

  • 2-3 Swimsuits | You’ll likely live in your swimsuit for 90% of your trip, so pack at least two swimsuits to allow plenty of drying time in-between.
  • 2-3 Swimsuit Cover Ups | A vital part of your all-inclusive wardrobe, bring 2-3 versatile swimsuit cover ups to go between breakfast, pool, lunch and activities with ease.
  • 3 Dresses | Evening dresses for nice dinners out are a must. Pack 3 dresses unless you’re ok with re-wearing (which is totally fine too)!
  • 1-2 Pairs of Shorts | While you might not need them, having one casual daytime outfit is a good idea, especially if you plan to partake in any off-property activities.
  • 1-2 Short Sleeve Tops | Again, plan at least 1 casual daytime outfit as a back up (plus also keeping in mind what you’ll wear on your return travel day).
  • Pajamas | 1 pair of lightweight pjs should suffice for the trip.
  • Bras & Underwear | Goes without saying, but just leaving this reminder here. 😉
  • Shapewear & Pasties | You may need special undergarments for your evening dresses, so don’t forget those as well.
  • Casual Sandals | At least 1 casual pair of sandals for daytime by the pool or beach (or you may want to pack 2 for outfit changes).
  • Heels or Dressy Sandals | Bring one pair of fancier shoes for the evening. I like to pack a versatile neutral heel that goes with everything, but a dressy pair of sandals is fine too.
  • Small Wallet | Bring a wallet just big enough for the most important things: cash, ID and a credit card for incidentals.
  • Clutch or Handbag | A fun beachy clutch or handbag to go with your evening wear is a must, of course.
  • Jewelry | Don’t bring anything too expensive; just a few statement pieces to dress up your pool or dinner outfits. I have and love this little travel jewelry box as well.

Pool & Beach Gear | All-Inclusive Packing List

A majority of your time will be spent in the sun, so having pool and beach accessories is a definite must! Sure, you could buy some of these things from the resort shop, but you’ll save a ton of money if you bring them from home. Pack these items for your all-inclusive resort trip for the ultimate poolside experience.

  • Beach Bag | Ditch the backpack carry on and instead opt for a straw tote or mesh nylon bag that can double as your beach bag.
  • Sunglasses | I recommend 2 pairs of sunglasses, just in case one gets lost.
  • Sun Hat | Spending all day by the pool will most definitely wreak havoc on your skin. Bring a sun hat or visor for relief from the harsh sun, and use a magnetic hat clip to keep it safely attached to your bag while flying or walking around the resort.
  • Floaties | Pack your favorite floatie for lounging in the pool. Just be sure to check your hotel’s policy on if they allow outside inflatables – some do and some don’t.
  • Insulated Tumbler/Water Bottle | You can take or leave this one, depending on your preferences, but an insulated tumbler can definitely be helpful for keeping your poolside drinks cold.
  • Waterproof Phone Case | I always throw a waterproof phone case in our suitcase for beach vacations because it takes up virtually no space and can come in handy when you least expect it. It’s especially great to have if you want to keep a hold of your valuables (phone, cards and cash) instead of leaving them unattended at your pool chair.
  • Water Wings | Traveling with small kids? Don’t forget some inflatable water wings that pack flat for travel.
  • Packable Sand Toys | Instead of buying an expensive set at the resort, we bring our own with this collapsible bucket set.

Off-Property Excursions | All-Inclusive Packing List

If you plan to go off the resort, whether to visit town or book an adventurous excursion, you’ll want to prepare with a few extra items in your suitcase. Here’s what to pack for an all-inclusive resort. if you plan to do any off-property excursions.

  • Moisture Wicking Zip-Up | Depending on your destination and time of year, you may want a light moisture wicking zip-up for cool mornings off the resort.
  • T-Shirt | A moisture-wicking shirt is best, especially if you have any outdoor activities planned.
  • Long Shorts or Leggings | Either are a good choice for adventure activities like zip-lining or ATV rides through the wild. (These are my favorite Amazon leggings.)
  • Sneakers | While you may not need a pair for lounging by the pool, you’ll definitely want a sturdy pair of sneakers for any off-property activities.
  • Socks | This goes without saying, but a reminder nonetheless.
  • Belt Bag | For the few essential items you want to bring with you off the resort, this simple belt bag is the perfect solution for keeping things tight to your chest.
The pool surrounded by palm trees at an all-inclusive resort in Mexico.
A lazy river flows past the walkway at an all-inclusive resort in Mexico.

Toiletries & Health | All-Inclusive Packing List

  • Toiletry Case | Pack all of your essentials in this zip up toiletry case with plenty of room for all of your skin care, toiletries and hair products.
  • Cosmetics | I like to keep things lightweight with travel-size versions of all my favorites.
  • Hair Styling Tools | You can skip the hair dryer, but don’t forget your flat iron, curling iron or both! (I love this travel-size flat iron for saving extra space!)
  • Sunscreen | Rule of thumb: pack twice as much as you think you’ll need! Reef-safe travel-size sunscreen with zinc will be your best friend, and I recommend 1-2 travel-size bottles per person (you’ll need frequent re-applying!)
  • After Sun Lotion | And because burnt skin is just inevitable, pack some after sun lotion to soothe your skin after spending all day in the sun.
  • Bug Spray | A good natural bug spray is another important add if you plan on going on off-property adventures.
  • Mini First Aid Kit | Pack just the basics in mini first aid kit: band aids for cuts and blisters, antibiotic ointment, etc.
  • Prescription Medicines | Keep these in a pill organizer in your carry on and always pack a day or two extra in case of travel delays.
  • Imodium | Since you’ll be eating a lot of different foods, you can throw off your digestive system in a hurry. Do yourself a favor and pack some Imodium just in case of tummy troubles.
  • Cheers Pills | If you plan to indulge in the all-inclusive alcoholic beverages, don’t leave home without my tried and true Cheers pills – the best solution for hangover prevention. Yes, they really work!

Electronics & Miscellaneous | All-Inclusive Packing List

Finally on our packing list for an all-inclusive, don’t forget these essential electronics and other miscellaneous items.

While some of these may seem obvious, I almost forgot Evelyn and mine’s passport when heading out for our quick trip to Mexico! So here’s a friendly reminder for some items you may have overlooked from your all-inclusive packing list.

  • Passports | Obviously a must, but one thing you absolutely don’t want to forget! And if you don’t have your passport yet, don’t procrastinate! Processing times can take 6-8 weeks, so start the process as early as you can to avoid any stress.
  • Plug Adapters | While the US, Mexico and most of the Caribbean uses type A plugs, but sure to check your destination to see if an adaptor is required (this universal adapter works both ways between Europe, the UK, US and Australia).
  • Headphones | I love my Beats Earbuds!
  • Cell Phone & Charger | This 3-in-1 charger is so handy for travel. And consider also bringing a portable charger – your battery while drain fast sitting in the sun!
  • Camera & Charger | Optional, but nice to have, especially to capture family moments.
  • Mini Blutooth Speaker | Another optional add, a portable blutooth speaker can be handy to have by the pool or in your room.
  • New Book | Whether a new paperback, digital copy or audiobook, pack or download your new reading material before leaving home.
  • Cash for Tipping | While you won’t have many expenses while away, you’ll want to bring small bills to tip service workers. It’s perfectly acceptable to tip in US Dollars. A typical tip is $5 for shuttle drivers and bell men, $2-3/day for housekeeping, $5-10 per meal and $1-2 per drink with poolside service.

Free Printable All-Inclusive Packing List

So there you have it – everything you could possibly need for your all-inclusive packing list!

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Did I miss anything? What’s a must on your all-inclusive packing list?

xo laura

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