The autumn months are fast approaching us but that doesn’t mean we need to slow down with our travel plans if anything people tend to book more holidays through the autumn and into winter. All-inclusive are some of the most popular choices, with all your food, drink, accommodation, entertainment and often some activities all included in the price it’s not really a surprise. It can be all too easy to get wrapped up in the excitement of researching and booking an all-inclusive break and forget about some of the essentials you should be thinking about organising and packing.
After the initial planning, saving, booking and probably extensive research, there are many considerations that you should make when it comes to packing for your holiday. Check out some of the essentials you may need in order to help keep you organised for your next all-inclusive trip:
You may not have expected to see the paperwork on the list however having your travel documents in order and packed is essential for your trip running smoothly and stress-free. Whether you’re going for a few days or weeks you will be expected to have the right documentation for travelling, even if it is now in digital form. It’s a good idea to make sure you have your paperwork organised a few weeks before travelling, this way you are able to source missing documents, plan your online check-in and discover any potential issues in advance.
Some of the paperwork you should make sure you have in your travel wallet include:
- Passport – If you needed reminding, you should make sure your passport is valid, up to date and in good condition. Most destinations will expect you to have 6 months left to.cover your stay.
- Copy Of Your Passport- It’s recommended that you take a photocopy of your original passport.
- Confirmation- This includes flights, hotel, transfers, luggage and airport bookings such as your lounge. Make sure you have a copy of each booking confirmation to hand or in a special area on your phone.
- Boarding Passes- If you are able to check-in online you may be able to print these before the airport, if not you will receive a copy
- Travel Insurance – It’s considered really important to make sure you have adequate travel insurance, you should really be booking it as soon as you have your holiday booked. It can cover you for unexpected occurrences such as needing to cancel or rearrange a booking, sickness or accidents when on holiday and theft.
- Emergency Contact Numbers – always a good idea, just in case you were to lose a mobile.
- Visa’s- Always check whether you need to organise your visas before travelling.
As with every holiday, an all-inclusive break will mean that you need to think about the essential toiletry items that you will need when you’re there. Some all-inclusive holidays will include items such as dressing gowns, pool towels, washing towels, slippers, basic shower gels, basic shampoos, a hairdryer and some creams however there are still some items that you should be including in your suitcase:
- Sun Cream- If you’re jetting off somewhere sunny, you should make sure you have the right level of protection for your skin type.
- Medications- Make sure you have seen the doctor for enough of any prescriptions you may need to take with you, it’s also a good idea to take the essentials such as antihistamines, paracetamol and ibuprofen
- Period Delay Medication- period delay medication is a brilliant tool to use if you’re planning on using the pool or are travelling on a long haul flight and the timing is off.
- Makeup- Pack just the essentials, you’re not going to need it all after all the relaxing you’re going to be doing!
- Wash Essentials- Although you will find that the majority of all-inclusive resorts will supply some of the wash essentials it’s still recommended to take your own, especially if you have sensitive skin, think about shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and moisturiser to soothe your sun-kissed skin.
Some people absolutely love packing for a holiday whereas others see it as a mini-mission that they wish they didn’t need to do. Unfortunately, it’s not something you can avoid but it doesn’t need to be stressful, you just need to make sure you have the essential items you will need for your break. Whether your someone who wings it and packs last minute or someone who writes an extensive checklist here is some of the items you will mostly need on your all-inclusive break:
- Swimwear- If you’re going on a sunny holiday, chances are you are going to need a few pieces of swimwear to keep you going, if you’re worried about space you can always wash them in the sink to minimise how many you take, 3-4 should be more than enough.
- Cover-Ups- There are various cover-ups you may want to think about taking, including a decent pair of sunnies, a couple of pool cover-up and a hat.
- Clothing- There will be a variety of clothing to take with you, daytime you will need cool clothing such as t-shirts, vests, shorts and skirts and then a mixture of evening outfits that includes a cover for your shoulders, this can help to prevent bug bites.
- Shoes- The shoes you take will depend on the level of activity if you’re planning on taking advantage of the full all-inclusive experience you may only need a pair of flip flops and then an evening pair of sandals. If you will be venturing out taking a decent walking shoe is advisable and water shoes for pebbly beaches are a must.
Packing for an all-inclusive holiday is much like packing for a self-catering holiday but it does allow you to save space when it comes to heavier items such as towels and some self-care items, perfect for when you want to pack that extra pair of shoes or evening dress.
Do you have any other essential items that you would pack for an all-inclusive break that should be included in this guide? Please share in the comments section below.