what to pack for beach getaway

What To Pack For An All-Inclusive Getaway & Blog Survey/Giveaway

If you’re sick of cold weather, raise your hand. I am now sitting in front of my laptop with both my arms high up in the air like I just don’t care. But in actuality, I do care…a lot! I care about Spring and all the warm sunshine!! And I care about a little dream getaway that the hubby and I will be going on Wednesday!!  We are headed to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico for our actual “real” honeymoon!! We are staying at an all-inclusive resort that has literally EVERYTHING! After the craziest three months at my job, I am beyond ready for this!

Since we will be heading to the beach, I’ve got a quick system down for packing that I thought  I would share with you all. Fun fact, growing up I would always pack for a trip like a week in advance. We used to go to church camp for a week every summer and I would get so excited that I would pack the Sunday before we were supposed to leave haha! Although I am not that good of a planner anymore, I still do like to set items aside for a trip as I think of them. I wanted to share some things to make sure you need and DONT need for an all-inclusive getaway!

packing essentials

ESSENTIALS:

  • Passport: Don’t forget this #1 travel essential! You’ll need it at the airport and when landing in a new country, and also for documentation throughout your stay
  • Cash: Your stay is all inclusive, but generally this does not include tipping the very large staff that will be helping you throughout your stay. You’ll also want cash if you plan on leaving the resort to explore or go on any excursions.
  • Credit Card: Just be sure to check what your international charges will be before you go, so there are no surprises when you get back!
  • Swimwear: I recommend bringing 2-4 swimsuits. You’ll always want to have a dry suit available. I also always bring one black swimsuit in case I want to do an excursion where things get messy.
  • Cover ups: I don’t know about you but I am obsessed with cover ups. You’ll want these for walking around the resort, or eating breakfast/lunch before hitting the beach, as well as for protection from the sun…speaking of which…
  • Lotions and Sun Protection Don’t leave home without sunscreen!! I have very fare skin and usually burn easily. I want to have a nice tan when I return but I do have to wear sunscreen since the rays are harsher in Mexico. Its also a good idea to pack Aloe vera for the inevitable sunburn. Remember, apply sunscreen 45 minutes before you’re in the sun and reapply every hour or so after swimming or sweating.
  • Bug repellent. Do some research on your beach, but from my experience, bugs can be killer at night time! They make bug bracelets but I also love these bug repellent wipes. They’re easy to throw in your bag and you never have to worry about spills!
  • Dresses/Dress Clothes: Most all inclusive resorts have casual dining spots during the day, and more formal dining options and restaurants all night. Ladies, you’ll want dresses and skirts. Gentlemen, think pants and collared shirts. You may even want to check in advance to see if your resort had any dress code for certain restaurants. I’d prepare 4-6 options, and try to bring skirts/tops that mix and match well.
  • A warmer layer: While the weather is usually amazing at an all inclusive, sometimes air conditioning is chilly or you’ll find yourself just a bit too cool in a tank top.
  • Shoes: I recommend bringing 1 pair of flip flops for the beach, 1 pair of dressier sandals, 1 pair of gym shoes if you’d like to work out or wear them on an excursion, and 1 pair of beachy heels/wedges to wear at night.
  • Phone and charger: This is one thing I always forget!  Have your phone charged the night before travel in case of emergencies. If you do forget a charger, they have them everywhere on the strips
  • Your own cup! For those who are looking to take advantage of the never ending margaritas, strawberry daiquiris, and piña coladas available at your report, you might want to consider bringing your own insulated cup to keep your drinks cool while you bask in the sun. I saw seasoned all-inclusive goers with these all around the resort, and must admit it was absolute genius!

 

 

I hope these must-haves helped for any future vacation getaway’s. Everyone is different but these are definitely some essentials I cant leave with without.

I also wanted to do a blog survey for all the readers of KingdomofSequins to better understand how I can improve and make it better. I would love any and all feedback and honest opinions. Dont worry about hurting my feelings if you totally hate everything about the blog lol {which I hope you dont.. 🙂  } I am also doing a giveaway for everyone that fills out the survey! Just fill out the survey and you are automatically entered. Its a Win, Win for all of us!!  🙂

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As always, thanks so much for reading the blog and being amazing!! I am grateful for each and every one of you!!!

Brittany 🙂

Linking up with : BLoved Boston , Fizz & Frosting , The Shoe and Tell Fashion Link Up , More Pieces Of Me , Trendy & TidyCreative Mondays Blog Hop

  • YAYAY!! Have so much fun in Mexico girlfriend! You deserve all the fun and relaxation! Love these tips–we’re doing our “real” honeymoon later this year in Mexico as well so I definitely found this useful!!

    Rosy Outlook

    • I can not wait!!! Thank girl 🙂

  • You’re going to have so much fun, I’m SO jealous! I’m all about swimsuits and coverups when I’m on vacation! LOVE that black and white one, so perfect! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

    • Thanks Pam!! Coverups give me life 🙂

  • Your own insulated cup! Why on earth have I never thought of this?! Seriously great idea!!! I hope you have an amazing time on your honeymoon!!! Also – ADORE those sandals! sooo fun!

    • I take mine everywhere with me… I like my drinks cold and refilled lol – Thanks girlfriend! 🙂

  • I’ve always wanted to visit Playa! I’ve heard it’s so gorgeous!! we are headed to Cabo in June and I can’t wait. Have the best time!!

    Shauna

    http://www.lipglossandlace.net

    • I can not wait!! Yay for Cabo in the summer 🙂

  • Yay! So excited for you! Looks like you have everything packed and ready to go! That pom pom cover up is the cutest and I love that blogger cup! How cute is that?! Hope you have the best time on your trip!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde’s Moment

    • Thanks Rachel! I can not wait 🙂

  • Have a fabulous trip gurlie! All inclusives are my fav!!! And yessss to bringing your own cup, it’s great to have a lid while floating around in the pool or down the lazy river <3
    Green Fashionista

    • I totally agree.. I need a drink in hand at all times 🙂

  • I hope you guys have the BEST time, you two definitely deserve it! This list is a MUST for just about any far away traveling. Pinning it for sure!
    Filled out the survey, girlie! You know I adore you and your blog!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

    • Awwww thanks so much friend!!! I am so glad we stay connected through this blogging madness 🙂

  • Hillary @ Style in a Small Town

    I’m so excited that you get to go on vacay finally!! 1.) That coverup is ADORABLE!! 2.) You’re so right on the insulated cups – I took one with me to Florida and it was so perfect! 3.) Have a great time lady!! Can’t wait to see pictures!

    ~Hillary
    http://www.styleinasmalltown.com

    • Thanks gorgeous!!! I will have my cup filled up 24/7 🙂

  • STAHHHP Playa del Carmen is insanely gorgeous! I would add a good book to your list!

    Thank you so much for linking up with me and Trendy&Tidy this week!
    –Roxanne
    http://glassofglam.com

    • Ohhhhh yes I will definitely be adding some books for the beach!!! Thanks so much girl 🙂

  • Have such a good time on your trip! I would love to get some sun right about now, but at least spring is right around the corner. Love all your packing tips!!!

    • Thanks Kari!!! It is coning I can feel it 🙂

  • OMG I want that cup so bad! So cute!! I am in serious need of a beach vacation so I’m insanely jealous of your trip and your packing tips are right on point…why do I always forget the phone charger?!
    -Kristin
    countdowntofridayblog.com

    • Same!!! I always pull it off the charger to leave and tell myself not to forget it… And always do! Thanks for stopping by :O)

  • Y’all are going to have so much fun! I was at the beach for a wedding this weekend and it was beautiful. These tips are great and I love things you’ve packed. So fun and colorful!

    • Thanks babe! Wish I could pack you in my suitcase and we could just NEVER leave 🙂

  • Looks like you have packed some awesome items for a getaway!

    http://www.mylittlenest.org

    • I hope so! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • This list is amazing!! Soo exciting about your trip! I hope you have a fabulous time and enjoy your relaxation!! can’t wait to hear/see all about it! Thank you for sharing with us at On Mondays We Link-Up!! 🙂

    Sarah
    Trendy & Tidy

    • Thanks girlfriend!!! I am beyond ready 🙂

  • All inclusive is the best go for vacations!! They are always so much fun and I’m like you – i like to pack ahead of time too LOL! I hope vacation is going to be coming super fast for you!! xo, BIana –BlovedBoston

  • What great suggestions! Thanks so much for sharing, Brittany!

    xo, Amanda | http://www.thegoldengirldiary.com

  • I’m so excited for you girl! I know you’re going to have a great time. That cover up is so cute & I love all the right colors.

    -xoxo, Azanique
    LotsofSass.com

  • I adored this post, can’t wait to get back to it once I leave for my getaway! xo

  • You are so darling! Did your survey and so excited for you! You’ll be the cutest gal in all of Mexico!!

  • Ashley Clark

    Love your post!! That cup idea is freaken amazing! So doing that next time I go on vaca, have a blast love!

    Xoxo
    Ashley
    http://www.ashleyclarkblog.com

    • So glad I brought one… saved me from hot beer👌🏼