Packing List Must Do's

Carry-on items

Most of the tickets we book for our clients include one personal item and one carry on bag per person. I always recommend a carry on bag for valuables and things you can’t live without in the case that your checked luggage gets lost or is delayed. Things that are a MUST in your carry-on or personal item are medications, identification and travel documents, electronics and a change of clothes for when you arrive at the destination. Check in is usually at 3pm unless noted otherwise in your travel documents. If you are scheduled to arrive at the resort before your designated check in time, you may need to wait for your room to be ready. Even if you arrive after 3 pm most hotels have the bellman bring the luggage to your room and sometimes that takes longer than the amount of time you want to wait before your vacation behavior begins. You may want to pack a swimsuit in that carry-on if going swimming is first on your list of things to-do!

Things you can leave at home:

Iron - Steamers - most if not all resorts we would recommend will have these available for you in your rooms.

Pool/Beach Towels - most if not all resorts we would recommend will have them available for you.

Umbrellas - most if not all resorts we would recommend will have them available for you.

Expensive Jewelry or Items unless you pack them in your personal item or carry-on and use the resort safe to secure when not in your room.

Unrealistic expectations and plans - If there is one thing we have learned from years of traveling the world, it’s that you should leave your expectations and plans at home. Things change and they at times don’t work out the way you want them to, so just go with the flow. We promise you’ll have a much better time on your trip.

There are certain items TSA does not allow in your carry on bags.


You will be asked to remove personal electronic devices larger than a cell phone from your carry-on bag and place them into a bin with nothing placed on or under them for X-ray screening.

Common examples of these devices include laptops, tablets, e-readers and handheld game consoles.

This does not include items such as hair dryers, electric shavers or electric toothbrushes.


Listen to the instructions of the TSA officer. In most cases, food or snacks such as fruit, health bars, and sandwiches can stay inside your carry-on bag. There are special instructions for liquids, gels, and aerosols, as well as for baby food, breast milk and medically necessary items.

A TSA officer will be available to guide you through the process.


If you are preparing for your flight, be aware that how and what you pack can impact the screening process. Be sure that you check for prohibited items and remember to follow the 3-1-1 liquids rule.

In addition to screening personal electronic devices separately, including laptops, tablets, e-readers and handheld game consoles, TSA officers may instruct travelers to separate other items from carry-on bags such as foods, powders, and any materials that can clutter bags and obstruct clear images on the X-ray machine. We recommend keeping your bag organized to help ease the screening process as it takes time for TSA officers to make sure a jam-packed, cluttered, overstuffed bag is safe.

Check out our travel tips page for more packing and screening tips. For a full list of items and more TSA official information use this link. https://

Now to the fun stuff! Especially if you love having a reason to shop/browse Amazon!! Here is a list of items that may enhance your trip.


Most resorts and cruise lines have done away with disposable plastic straws and have moved towards a more earth friendly paper straw.

Here are two travel friendly straw options:

Metal Straw -

Silicon Straw -


You can find these at most resort/cruise ship souvenir stores, but with a hefty price tag. Here are some great low cost options.

2 pack inflatable pool hammock float for adults - Inflatable confetti pool float - teen

Sanitizing Wipes Travel Packs

These are great to use on the plain, in the transfer vehicle or on the resort property.

Toiletry containers If you want to bring your own toiletries but make sure they are in spill safe containers here is a good option.

Universal water/sand proof phone cases 2pack

If you like to be super prepared and want to bring your own yeti cups to keep your drinks colder for longer here are some options:

Wine Tumbler

20 oz Tumbler

The one and most important thing that I bring out first when packing for a trip is my packing cubes. It makes life so much easier to have like items packed together. Its also great when you are returning from your trip and want to keep dirty laundry separate from clean items. Also makes for a less embarrassing experience if TSA decides they need to check your bags.

Here are some options for packing cubes I recommend:

Charging Cables Organizer

Travel Size Sunblock

Travel Size Bug Spray

Airplane Neck Travel Pillow

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