After I got the official invite to the 3rd annual Social Media on the Sand conference to Beaches Negril in Jamaica I started my lists. Look, for those that know me in real life I have lists everywhere – lots of them. So, for a trip this amazing you better believe my lists were pretty extensive. After our first trip to a Beaches all-inclusive resort I knew there were certain things I would be doing differently this time around but after our trip I have some additional things to add to my all-inclusive resort packing list.
Packing Tips for Beaches Negril Jamaica
Passport: this is an obvious. In order to travel to Negril, Jamaica you must have a valid passport. If you are planning a trip in the near future it is time to check that expiration date on your passport or start the process of obtaining a passport. Do not wait until the last moment for this – you will end up stressed and paying extra fees and costs.
Sunscreen: Look, I have the type of skin that burns quick and bad. This means that I always try to over pack the sunscreen but last year while visiting Turks & Caicos I went through all of my sunscreen in 2 days and ended up having to purchase more at the resort store. This year before heading to Negril I made sure to pack twice as much!
Bug Spray: The mosquitoes and sand fleas are not fun in Negril. Be prepared by having the bug spray on hand, especially if you are out after it rains.
Zip-Lock Bags (Gallon Size): I am totally used to the dry weather in Colorado so I never thought about the possibility of our swim suits not completely drying before having to pack them into our suitcases. I knew this would be the same in Negril so I learned from our mistake last year. I highly recommend you bringing zip-locks so you can head to the pool or beach the day you leave without any worries about wet suits!
Toiletries: I admit it, for the most part I am always an over packer which means the anxiety of our bags being too heavy always hits on every trip. Guess what? Beaches Resorts makes packing super easy! They provide the best Red Lane Spa Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash and Soap in your room and they restock it as needed! Bonus! No Toiletries needed when traveling to Beaches!
Resort Evening Wear: For the most part you can wear casual clothing but there are a few restaurants that require you to wear resort evening wear so be prepared. What is the meaning of resort evening wear? “Dress pants or jeans for men, long or short sleeve dress shirts (with or without collar). Dress shoes or sandals. No shorts, t-shirts, sleeveless shirts, sneakers, flip flops or slippers. No hats nor caps.”
Swimwear: Beaches is all about the water! I brought 3 swimsuits and that was the perfect number. No one enjoys putting on a cold wet suit! Yuck! Also, if you have never played in the sand on the beach you will find that the sand sticks – I made sure I had one suit for the pool so the sand wasn’t obnoxious for me.
Clothing In General: Like I said, I am normally an over packer. For this trip I feel like I could have used another sundress or outfit. The weather is HOT and HUMID. I sweat a lot and so when we came to the room to reboot, shower, change or rest I found myself wanting to put on a fresh outfit. Women – invest in some sundresses. Great way to feel dressed up and cool at the same time!
Cash: Since this is an all inclusive resort, everything is included and you will not need cash on the resort. However, if you plan on traveling off the resort for excursions or tours it is important that you bring cash. US currency is accepted. You may also need to tip your drivers so having small bills on hand is smart.
GoPro: Seriously, GoPros are so fun! You need one. We had a great time being silly in the pool and ocean with the GoPro. Plus, when we went snorkeling we took some great underwater video of some pretty fish! Very cool and a great way to remember the fun in the water!
Flip Flop Fun: We literally wore flip flops all the time. For sensitive feet like Jeremy’s he was feeling the pain! Invest in some great flip flops – more than the dollar ones at Old Navy. You will not be putting on real shoes while on the resort so be nice to those feet!!
Hat: I bought my first floppy hat while at the resort in Turks & Caicos last year. That sun is HOT and in your face. Finding a great sun hat to keep the sun off your head, neck and face is great! Plus who doesn’t love a good floppy hat on the beach?
Well there you have it. These are our tips on how to pack and prepare for your trip to paradise!
If you have visited Beaches Negril Resort what tips would you like to add to this list?