by Farah Fleurima – If you’re like me, you tend to be a serial master overpacker. With each trip, you vow to do better, to streamline … but then you get caught in the familiar “just in case” spiral that leads you to stuffing your bag with things you end up never needing. But whether you’re a minimalist packer or a serial over-packer, there are handy essentials you simply must make room for when visiting Palace Resorts. The family of Mexican & Jamaican all-inclusive resorts boasts particular features that make having the following items a no-brainer …
Trust me, even if you think you’ve passed the selfie age limit, you’ll find there’s no better way to capture all the grandeur of the Palace Resorts’ spectacular views. During my stay at the Le Blanc Spa Resort, for example, I took many roundabout selfie videos and a snapshot of myself that not only caught the edge of the property’s infinity pool but also the stunning blue ocean beyond. Pro tip: However you decide to take a photo, know that the mornings are so humid they’ll fog up your lens! Speaking of …
The humidity in Cancun is next-level, so if you expect to be outside a ton (and NOT by a pool or beach), be sure to pack either a handkerchief or one of those super-absorbent microfiber hand towels for wiping off your brow. And your chin. And the back of your neck!
As with most all-inclusive resorts, you can tipple to your heart’s desire at all Palace properties. But don’t forget that every room features its own mini-bar with four bottles of pure spirit and all the mixers you can handle. Needless to say, you can go nuts from the comfort of your own room, so if you’re visiting with your party-hearty set of friends, make sure to bring a top-notch hangover remedy to tackle the morning-after. (And keep your stomach coated with snacks on the mini-bar* — they’re included in your room rate, too!)
A Fitness Tracker
If you choose to stay at the gigantic and luxurious Moon Palace Cancun, you’ll want to have your FitBit strapped on, especially if you plan to spend the day hopping among the properties many pools — this place is expansive! Plus (believe it or not), there are FitBit-worthy adventures to be had beyond the Palace Resorts’ walls. I absolutely adored the time I spent at the ruins at Tulum, but every hundred steps or so I wished I had a fitness tracker to record the journey! Hey, just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you can’t get your incidental fitness on …
While an e-reader could also serve you well when your only desire is to log hours upon hours on the beach, not only was I able to read books and magazines on my tablet, but I could hop on the free wifi at Palace Resorts and surf the Web whenever I wanted. Plus, I cued up soothing tunes on my tablet’s music player every time I luxuriated in the hot tub that’s a feature of every room. Brilliant! Added bonus? Tablets have a front-facing camera for epic selfies wherever you go!
And that, dear traveler, brings us full circle on the must-pack items for your Palace Resorts visit. Enjoy!
*Snacks in the mini-bar are available in select room categories.