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Handy all-inclusive resort checklist – Pre-planning for a stress-free vacation

Vacations are fun, especially when it comes to beachside vacations. However, as with most things, a vacation hinges on how well it has been planned.

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Sunscreen

Unless you want a really bad tan while you are at one of the resorts in Sri Lanka, sunscreen should be one of the first items you pack in your bag. You might be tempted to pick up the first sunscreen on the shelf of your supermarket but do not be so rash. Take the time to check the Sun Protection Factor (SPF) and go for one that provides the adequate protection. Those with sensitive skin or at risk for skin cancer should go for a sunscreen with a higher SPF value. On the same vein, you might also want to bring your sunglasses along with you.

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Swim Gear

Although this is something of a no-brainer, an extraordinary amount of people forget to bring them with them. If you plan to take a dip in the ocean or the pool, do not forget your swimming trunk and other swimwear. Planning on engaging in some water sports? Don't forget your gear. While most hotel chains such as Aitken Spence Hotels should be able to rent out gear or at least point you out to an operator, these options can be expensive and time-consuming. If you do have your surfing board or snorkelling gear lying around, just bring it along with you.

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Beachwear

You really do not want to be walking down the beach in long pants and other urban wear. Bring along a few beach shorts and loose-fitting t-shirts to keep up with the tropical climate. You can opt for flip-flops when you are getting around, although you might not be let into the hotel's restaurants in them so pack in a pair of sandals or shoes in your luggage along with some formal wear. If you plan on hiking, do not forget to add some running shoes. Oh, and a hat should be a must! You should also consider bringing your favourite book in case you wish to read by the poolside.

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Other essentials

Ensure that your travel documents are in order. To be on the safe side, take multiple copies of the documents. If you are flying abroad, ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months after your departure date, finalize your travel insurance and book your tickets well in advance to avoid any disappointment. If you have any medication prescribed make sure to take enough of them to last through your entire stay or a few days more in case of any unexpected delays. Do not keep your hopes focused on getting them in the country you are visiting as they might be too expensive or difficult to find in that country. Even worse, your prescription might be deemed invalid in that country. Add in a first aid kit that contains all the required items. These include band-aids, motion sickness tablets, plasters and pain relievers.