With your trip coming up right round the corner I thought I’d share some of these travel tips for you to prepare for vacation! These are just suggestions and everyone travels differently but you want to make sure you’re prepared. Items in the airport or resort gift shop will be much more expensive than buying them before you leave!
PASSPORT! Make sure you get your passports out now and confirm that they are not expired. If traveling to Costa Rica, Belize or Panama make sure you passport does not expire 3 months prior to your return date or you will need to get a new one before you leave. Passport information can be found here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/before-you-go/travel-agents.html
erienced Traveler Tip: I recommend that you get a photo copy of the front of your passports that show your picture, personal information and passport number and put that photo copy in your checked bag somewhere. Just in case you lose your passport during travel and need proof to get home.
MONEY EXCHANGE! It is my opinion that while on an All-Inclusive Vacation like the ones we offer to Mexico and the Caribbean a money exchange from US currency is not needed. Everywhere you go, local bars, restaurants, beach vendors, resort staff etc. will gladly take the American Dollar. However… If making a purchase of over $100 you will be required to pay with a credit card or local currency. MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted, Discover card usually, American Express not so much. Use your Credit card NOT your debit card!
** Experienced Traveler Tip: I recommend that the cash you take with you, be sure to go by your local bank before you leave and take your cash in $1, $5 and $10 bills. It can be difficult to make change at the resorts if all you have are $20 bills. When traveling with cash keep it with you in your purse or carry on just in case you luggage gets lost during travel. Keep in mind if using foreign ATM’s there will be higher fees and your bank may block the transaction for fraud protection. The change you receive may be in foreign currency as well, not USD.
CELL PHONE USAGE! We recommend you check with your cell phone provider prior to travel if you will be needing to make calls or use high amounts of data. All cell phone providers will offer International Plans that can lower the cost per minute while traveling. OR… put your phone away and try not to use it at all.
** Experience Traveler Tip: Turn your phone to Airplane Mode when you arrive if you don’t want to get high charge roaming costs. Most resorts offer wi-fi for free or some may have a small daily charge that you can pay at check in/check out. If you are on the resorts wi-fi you can then use things like Facebook, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Snapchat and Instagram for free. #417travel
PACKING LIST BELOW
- Swim suits (more than one for sure) and cover ups for ladies
- Flip Flops for pool/beach and a pair for casual wear
- Sunglasses (more than one…waves are known to eat sunglasses in the ocean)
- Sun hat and beach bags
- Koozie Cup or Yeti Tumbler
- Travel pillow if you have one or prefer
- Dinner outfits: Dress clothes for the gourmet restaurants / Men need a few pair of long pants, collared shirts and closed toed shoes. Women need sundresses or skirts with nice tops
- Phone charger! And a portable charger if you have one in case you go out on an excursion and need to charge on the go!
- Camera (unless you use your phone for this)
- Laptop and case if you need to work while on vacation (when traveling you will need to have this in your carry on so you can remove it at the airport)
- Shorts, t-shirts, undies-bras, socks (not many pairs obviously since you’re on the beach every day), tennis shoes, belt’s
- Jewelry and jewelry bag/organizer (have a “travel wedding ring” that is not real or as valuable as their real ring just in case it gets lost)
- Resorts will provide small bottles of shampoo, conditioner and soap but if you bring your own make sure to put them in your checked luggage or have them in 3.4 oz bottles in you carry on. All items need to be in clear zip lock bags at the top of your carry on as well.
- For up to date accurate information please visit https://www.tsa.gov/travel to make sure your following the rules
- Not a bad idea to pack some aloe Vera gel just in case
- Hand sanitizer and chap stick
- Tums or heartburn medicine / Maybe take some Pepto tablets with you as well, I do!
- Sun Screen (make sure it’s biodegradable so that you don’t hurt the marine life)
- Bug spray or wipes
- Lotion and face wash
- Contacts, case and contact lens solution if need be
- Deodorant, tooth brush and tooth paste, floss
- Razors and shave cream (pack in your checked luggage)
- Brush or combs
- A few bounty dryer sheets. You can put these in your bags on the way home to help with that Musty smell. They also are great air fresheners for your room. Put them right in the AC vent.
Your Check In to the Hotel.
Check in is usually at 3 pm. If your room is not ready they will stow your bags because your “all-inclusive” access begins as soon as you arrive. You can eat, drink do activities etc. I usually bring my swimsuit on my carry on or put it in an outside pocket in my suitcase so I can access it easily. The bellmen will stow your bags for you until your room is ready.
If your package includes a honeymoon or anniversary feature, you will need to bring a marriage certificate as proof of marriage date. Guests being married at the resort must bring original documents needed.
The Day You Return
Make sure to find out what time the shuttle bus is taking you back to the airport;. The bus will depend on what flight & flight time you have, so check with the Bell Desk or Guest Services. Some resorts ask that you confirm your return transfer with Guest Services 24 hours before departure.
Pack your carry-on with appropriate clothing – if you have a later flight, don’t be stuck wearing your travel clothes all day! Pack a bathing suit and enjoy one last day at the pool, and take advantage of a Hospitality Room (check with Front Desk for location) to change/freshen up before departure.
The resort Gift Shop is a nice last-day stop for resort-branded gear, but the airport duty-free shops will usually have the best deals on alcohol/tobacco/souvenir products.
Here is a link for TSA’s frequently asked questions just in case: https://www.tsa.gov/travel/frequently-asked-questions
|Beware of Timeshare|
|Some hotels and airport passenger arrival areas are especially high centers of time-share activity. Time-share sellers may approach you to offer you “freebies” such as tours, and may even attempt to take you to their time-share hotel directly from the airport. WE DO NOT affiliate with any time share programs.
Most of our Hotel Partners also offer a timeshare program. All you’ll need to do is say “No”.You will not be harassed. These programs are NOT of value to you and the resorts can not beat our pricing on your next vacation : )