How To pack for an All-Inclusive vacation with kids
Your flights are organized. The hotel rooms are booked. You even know what book you plan to read while traveling. The hard part is done, and you’re all set to head off on the all-inclusive family vacation of your dreams. There’s just one thing left to do: pack for your kids. Well, and yourself — but we’ll cover that later.
By Corritta Lewis | April 27, 2022 (Updated March 10, 2023)
Sun protection is always a priority on every packing list, so when packing for kids, rashguards are the way to go — especially if you are heading to a warm destination. Plus, rashguards reduce the amount of sunscreen needed, which helps the environment by not being absorbed into the ocean (if you’re headed on a beach vacation, that is). Keeping your kids protected from the sun, while also doing your part to help the environment is always a win-win.
Snacks, snacks…and more snacks
Staying at an all-inclusive resort with kids makes life easier because you don’t have to go far for food. We know hunger can strike at any minute with little ones, so having a few snacks on hand is key when traveling with kids. Easy options like granola bars or dry cereal — even oatmeal can go a long way to getting your kids through the time between when they wake up and breakfast.
Insulated water bottle
While hydration is always important, this is especially true when you’re spending your days out and about in a warm location. Packing an insulated water bottle helps ensure your kids drink fluids in-between crafting sessions and rides down the on-property waterslides. Traveling with a group? Label each bottle with the child’s respective names, so there is no confusion.
Whether you are heading to the beach or just relaxing at the resort, it’s likely your all-inclusive vacation will include some time at the pool. Skip the flip-flops and use water shoes. They protect your kids’ feet from the sun, can be worn while playing and are much more comfortable. Plus, since they’re multi-functional, you’ll have more space for other things in your bag.
First aid kit
Life is unpredictable, so always pack a first aid kit with a thermometer, bandages, hand sanitizer, ibuprofen, a fever reducer, nausea medication, aloe vera and any other prescription medication. Your hotel will have access to these items if you forget them, but it never hurts to have the basics on-hand in the event you or your kids aren’t feeling well.
Games & entertainment
The beauty of staying at an all-inclusive resort is that entertainment options are built into your stay. However, there are times when your child might want some quiet time away from the crowds. For days like that, pack cards, crayons and a few portable travel games and enjoy the family downtime.
Reusable bags are a parent’s dream. Use them to store wet clothes after leaving the pool, keep dirty laundry separated or even store snacks and toiletries — the possibilities are endless. Honestly, they can be used for anything, are a great way to be eco-friendly while traveling and are also easy to clean. Simply wash, air-dry and you’re all set. Take your packing prowess a step further by making one of your reusable bag options a canvas tote — it’s the easiest way to carry your sunscreen, sunglasses, water bottle or whatever you and your kids might need for the day while on vacation.
Vacationing in tropical destinations usually requires some form of bug spray. Mosquitoes don’t just attack at night. They are around all day, so be sure to check before leaving the room each day and reapply throughout the day.
Where to go next
Now that your packing list is sorted, you can turn your attention to more fun topics — like where to go on your NEXT all-inclusive vacation with kids! After all, you need to think about something on the flight home. What better way to hold onto all that wonderful relaxation and poolside bliss than with thoughts of your next dream getaway at an all-inclusive resort? Consider:
Hilton Tulum Riviera Maya All-Inclusive Resort
This all-inclusive, eco-friendly Tulum property offers sweeping views of white-sand beaches and sparkling seas from its secluded position inside a tranquil bay. On site are nine pools, a Family Zone and a luxury spa. The 13 all-inclusive restaurants and bars offer diverse cuisine from Japanese to traditional Italian, plus local Mexican flavors.
Hilton Cancún, an All-Inclusive Resort
This all-inclusive Cancun property offers spacious and modern rooms and suites, two infinity pools, Kids Club, Teens Zone and a calendar brimming with nightly activities and entertainment. There are 12 all-inclusive dining experiences, including an all-you-can-eat ice cream and churro shop to delight the whole family.
Mangrove Beach Corendon Curaçao All-Inclusive Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton
Find your bliss at our all-inclusive resort. Set along the Caribbean shoreline in a mangrove forest, the resort offers a water park (home to six slides, including the famed King Cobra), four pools and a private beach for enjoying watersports in the turquoise sea. Indulge with 10 restaurants and bars or opt into spa treatments in our beach cabanas or sunset sails on a catamaran. Vivid downtown Willemstad is a 10-minute walk from our doors.
Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa
Have it all at our resort, spanning 400 tropical acres along the Caribbean coast. Spend breezy days at our water park, traversing the suspension bridge in the jungle garden, relaxing on the private beach or playing our championship golf course. Watersports, a spa and 11 places to dine await, along with excursions in Montego Bay and nightly entertainment. A family-friendly resort, children 2 and younger stay free.
Corritta Lewis is the founder of family travel blog, "Itz a Family Thing." Through her content, Lewis is determined to make family travel a feasible option for all.