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What to Pack for Sandals Resorts
Booking a fabulous all-inclusive vacation at one of the Sandals Resorts is an excellent step towards enjoying some downtime with a frosty frozen daiquiri in your hands. All that’s left is deciding what to pack for Sandals.
You may think you can grab a swimsuit and a pair of flip-flops and be all set. While this is almost true, you may miss a few things that you need. That’s what this Sandals Resorts packing list is for.
You don’t want to spend your days at any of the Sandals Resorts and not have exactly what you need to have a good time!
So, let me share what to bring to Sandals Resorts for vacation.
What to Pack for Sandals
First, let me start by saying that swimsuits and sandals are always perfect choices for all-inclusive vacations. In fact, they are always at the top of my list of what to pack for Sandals Resorts. I recommend bringing 3-4 bathing suits because you’ll spend a lot of time in the pools or ocean.
So, let’s dive into what to pack for Sandals.
What to Pack in Your Carry-On
If you know anything about me, you know I’m strictly carry-on only. I don’t expect for you to be the same way, but it does save a lot of hassle to not have to check a bag!
Even if you check bags, you’ll want to ensure a very necessities are in your carry-on. This ensures you’ll have at least a couple things if my luggage gets delayed, or even lost.
When packing for your Sandals vacation, I recommend placing the following items in your carry-on:
- One beach outfit
- One dinner outfit
- 1 swimsuit
- Reef friendly sunscreen
- Any medication or supplements that you might need
- Important documents – passport, resort information, transfer information, etc
Follow this tip when determining what to pack for Sandals to avoid any embarrassing moments once you arrive!
Clothing to Pack for Your Sandals All-Inclusive Vacation
Sandals Resorts do not have a strict policy of what you must wear when on vacation. However, they do have guidelines you should follow.
Being aware of those guidelines will make it much easier to check things off your Sandals Resorts packing list.
When it comes to what to pack for Sandals, there will be a few clothing items you will want to make sure get into the suitcase.
Yes, you will have a swimsuit in your carry-on, but you should take at least one more and preferably two. You’ll thank me for mentioning this when you’re not trying to get into a wet swimsuit one day!
Cupshe has some of my favorite cute and affordable bathing suits.
I recommend purchasing from Amazon vs. directly from Cupshe. I ordered bathing suits from Cupshe directly, and the shipping took forever. Amazon, of course, is typically two days.
You will be living in your swimsuit during your vacation at Sandals. One of the guidelines at Sandals Resorts is you must have on a shirt, beach cover-up, and shoes when dining and in some of the other public areas.
This cover-up by Cupshe is adorable and available on Amazon for under $30. I have it and love it.
A cover-up can be slipped on over a swimsuit easily. You can also throw on a pair of shorts and a t-shirt. As for men, a t-shirt or polo shirt with their swim trunks is all that is needed.
I just mentioned you will most likely be living in your swimsuit. So, you probably already know your Sandals Resorts packing list will be filled with cover-ups, shorts, and t-shirts for daytime use.
As for shoes, anything goes. Although, sandals are usually the preferred option for all those sandy experiences you will be having.
At night, attire goes from resort casual to a little dressier. Men should wear pants, whether dress pants or jeans. Dress shirts, either short or long sleeved, as well as polo shirts are fine on top. Closed-toe shoes are best for evening wear.
Women will have a few more options when it comes to what to pack for Sandals evening attire. Jeans, dresses, skirts, rompers, and nice shirts are all acceptable. Dressy sandals, heels, and wedges are all appropriate for footwear.
Of course, you may need additional clothing for any excursions you are taking. If you are hiking, you will need hiking clothes and maybe shoes. Basically, consider your activities and then pack accordingly.
Pro Tip for what to bring to Sandals Resorts: All Sandals Resorts have a weekly White Night. This is the night when you will need an all-white outfit. Most people forget about this, or are simply not aware of it.
Keep all this in mind when choosing what to pack for Sandals!This is an example of a lunch or dinner outfit at Sandals Resorts.
Accessories for Your Sandals All-Inclusive Vacation
There are a few accessories you will want to have with you when you are on an all-inclusive vacation at Sandals Resorts.
Yes, you may have placed reef-safe sunscreen in your carry-on bag. You will probably use more than you think on vacation though. So, toss a bottle into your suitcase too! All Good Tinted Mineral Sunscreen is my favorite and trust me, I’ve tried them all.
No matter how diligent you are at applying sunscreen, you may still get burned. Aloe vera can help with the sting, while allowing your skin to heal. Hanalei Brand is one of my favorites.
To prevent getting too much sun on your face, I recommend taking a good hat with you. This could be a wide-brimmed hat or a baseball cap. Just remember, hats are not allowed in many restaurants during the evening hours.
This one is my favorite, and it squishes nicely into a suitcase.
Sunglasses will help keep the bright sun out of your eyes and allow you to check out the gorgeous views.
If you plan to snorkel, make sure to bring your own gear. You don’t have to, but I’ve always found sharing snorkel gear to be kind of gross.
When you are on vacation at Sandals Resorts, you will quickly notice that you are handed drinks in small plastic cups. Those drinks do not last long. Nor do they stay cold.
This is where an insulated tumbler can be quite helpful throughout your vacation. At the very top of my Sandals Resorts packing list is my insulated tumbler.
We bring our Hydroflask tumblers which are the envy of all the all-inclusive newbies who didn’t know to bring one. A Hydroflask or similar tumbler is truly an all-inclusive must-have.
Pool towel clips
This is a recent addition to my Sandals packing list and all-inclusive packing list. These handy clips will keep your towels on your chair, even if it’s windy. This is important if you need to run to lunch or the restroom but want to keep your chair for when you return!
Cash isn’t technically an accessory. It is handy though for those couple of instances where you need to give a tip.
Tips are only given to butlers, spa staff, excursion guides, and third party staff members. All other tips are included within the price you pay for your all-inclusive vacation at Sandals Resorts.
Many resorts say that tips are included, but it’s still customary to tip because the staff are not well paid. At Sandals, this is not the case. Tips truly are included and tipping is forbidden except for the instances I shared above.
Learn more here: Everything You Need to Know About Tipping at Sandals Resorts.
This isn’t the kind of thing you think you need until you get stuck in a hurricane (yes, that has happened to me) so better safe than sorry. I use this one.
Carbon monoxide detector
Sandals has started to install these in all of their resorts, but I always bring one with me unless I know 100% that the resort has them. I do this everywhere I go. I know it seems like overkill, but it’s $20 and could save your life. Just get one.
I love a small pool floaty for lounging around. Many rooms at Sandals have private and semi-private pools, so you should definitely bring one if your room has one! I like the smaller, hammock-style floats because they don’t take up too much room.
Sandals Resort Room Categories – Luxury vs. Club vs. Butler is a handy way to make sense of all Sandals room categories.
What to pack for Sandals Resorts
You will never need to wonder what to pack for Sandals ever again when you use my handy list! Did I miss anything? Let me know what you like to pack for an all-inclusive trip in the comments below.
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About Amy | A Sandals Travel Agent
Amy Fillinger is the owner of Luxe Aloha Destinations and Luxe Caribe Destinations. I am a honeymoon travel agent and destination wedding specialist for Hawaii, the Caribbean, and Mexico. I work with busy professionals who don’t have time to do all the research needed to pull off the perfect honeymoon or destination wedding. Did you know that I have over 12 years of experience in the wedding industry? Before starting my travel business, I was a wedding photographer for many years. I’d love to help make your honeymoon, destination wedding, or anniversary dream vacation come to life. Contact me for more.
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