Packing light is key, a good rule of thumb is one large checked suitcase per couple and one carry on each. Along with the carry-on luggage, each person can take a backpack, or large purse, or anything that can be left under the seat in front of you. Always try to pack a change of clothes and a swim suit in your carry-on in case luggage were to be delayed or lost, and if you arrive earlier and your room is not quite ready. Most all- inclusive resorts supply shampoo, conditioner, bar soap and lotion. Towels, blow dryers, irons, are usually supplied by the resorts as well.
All valuables should be on your carry-on luggage, this would include: Prescriptions, passports, tickets, resort info, trip insurance documents, cell phone, camera, jewelry, computers or tablets. Resorts have an in room safe for your personal belongings.
Prior to your trip, call your bank and credit card companies to let them know the dates that you’ll be traveling. Call your cell phone provider to inquire about roaming charges, (There have been horror stories of massive charges because customers thought it was fine to use their cell while abroad). Prior to leaving out of the USA, turn all smart phones data to off position, put them into airplane mode and make sure wifi is turned on. Use Wi-Fi for communication while on resort. Installing Skype and registering for an account on your smartphone, computer or your tablet is another great way to communicate with friends and family for just pennies a call.
Make additional copies of passports, driver's license, airport parking info, credit/debit cards, your itinerary and boarding passes, put them in all of your carry-on luggage, purse, tote bags, backpacks, etc.
For all International flights, please be at the airport at least 2.5 hours prior to departure time (some airlines recommend 3 hour prior) and be sure to check flight details the day before leaving to see if flight times have changed.