I’m writing this while staying at the Allegro Papagayo Resort in Costa Rica – I wanted to blog about the five most important things I take when I go on vacation now, before I forget!
If you’re going on a holiday, read What to Pack for a Beach Resort Vacation.
This is just a quick list of my most essential items 🙂 My plan is to rewrite this blog post in a much more detailed and helpful manner as soon as I get off this relaxing sun-soaked beach.
Life is good.
Travel mug. My husband suggested we bring our travel mugs, and I shrugged him off. But, boy, am I eating crow now! (or shall I say drinking it out of the hotel’s cups). Insulated travel mugs keep your daiquiris and diet Cokes icy cold, and your morning coffee hot and fresh. You can take them to the beach or pool, and enjoy larger serving sizes! This tip for packing for an all inclusive resort vacation seems counterintuitive (everything is included at the hotel, after all), but it’s a great idea.
Pilates or Yoga mat. The Allegro Papagayo Resort in Costa Rica offers stretch classes, which I love. But no matter where I am, I’m not a big fan of exercise mats that other people have sweated on. Ugh. So, if I were to pack for this all inclusive vacation again, I’d definitely bring my own Pilates or Yoga mat.
Photos of my house and city. Getting to know the locals is one of the best parts of any vacation. Not only are most people willing to share their lives and customs with tourists, they’re also curious about the lives of tourists! Many people can’t afford to travel, and really appreciate a glimpse into our lives. This photo tip for packing for an all inclusive resort vacation is definitely one of the “extras” that makes connecting with people much easier.
I also shared this tip in Moving to Africa? 10 Things You Need to Know.
Nail polish and manicure set. The Allegro Papagayo has a spa, but the manicure, pedicure, and massage prices are a little too rich for my blood. Whenever I go on a resort vacation, I always bring my own spa supplies. I love painting my nails by the pool, and then I don’t have to take the time to do it before I leave on vacation (there are so many other things to take care of!). This is a easy, light packing tip.
Old clothes. I always bring old clothes on my vacations – especially the rougher ones, when I carry my backpack for miles. After I wear the clothes (getting them all sweaty and dirty), I leave them in the hotel room for the cleaning staff to use however they like…and I have space in my backpack for new clothes and souvenirs! This tip for packing for an all inclusive resort vacation may not work if you’re into how you look on your holidays…but I’d prefer to look a little shabbier and have more room in my luggage to bring great stuff home.
If you’re interested in travelling somewhere other than a beach resort, read What Introverts Need to Know About Going On Mission Trips.