Ah, the honeymoon! Your much deserved time to relax and enjoy each other’s company after the wedding. They key to having the honeymoon of a lifetime is to plan ahead so you have everything you need no matter what type of holiday you choose. Clever packing will also avoid any stressful moments racing to the closest drug store for meds or to a shop for a bikini when you reach your destination. That’s the last thing you want to do when you can be kicking back and relaxing and enjoying that newly married bliss. Am I right?
When it comes to packing for such an important trip it’s better to use a structured list rather than scribbling onto a piece of paper, that way you are less likely to forget something important. So to save you time I have curated the ultimate honeymoon packing list just for you. You can thank me later!
Carry On Bag
- Airline boarding passes and other travel tickets, passport and any visas you need
- Hotel, restaurant or other reservation confirmations
- Driver’s licenses
- Credit and ATM/bank cards
- Money and local currency
- Pen to fill out immigration cards
- Phone numbers for your doctor, other emergency contacts, and credit card companies
- Vaccination documents, prescriptions, health-insurance cards, and medical or trip insurance documents.
- Prescription medicine (in the original bottle)
- Painkillers and travel-sickness pills
- Ear plugs
- Phone charger (and a travel adapter)
- Small toiletries bag with toothbrush and toothpaste, hairbrush, moisturizer and small bag of makeup (optional)
- Any valuable jewelry items
- Books/magazine or Kindle
- Headphones for in-flight movies and music
- One change of clothing, including underwear (optional but handy for delayed flights)
Choose travel sized items to save on space and weight.
- Cosmetics and makeup brushes
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Hair elastics
- Face cleanser/ moisturizer and toner
- Make-up remover
- Cotton balls or swabs
- Facecloth (a lot of hotels don’t provide them)
- Hand and body lotion
- Body wash
- Bubble bath (a little honeymoon treat!)
- Perfume and cologne
- Lip balm
- Personal-hygiene items
- Dry shampoo
- Tooth floss and mouthwash
- Nail file or clippers
- Razors and shaving cream
- Sunscreen, Aftersun or aloe vera (if appropriate for destination)
- Insect repellent (if appropriate for destination)
- Contact-lens solution and extra contact lenses or eyeglasses (if needed)
- Antibacterial wipes
- Mini travel medical kit (Band-Aids, antibacterial cream, antihistamines, diarrhea medicine)
- Hair dryer (if your hotel does not provide one)
- Hair styling tools (curlers, straighteners etc.)
- Chargers for phones, iPads, cameras etc. (leave with everything fully charged before you go)
- Memory cards, selfie stick and tripod
- Extra camera batteries (if needed)
- Travel adapters
Other Travel Items
- Guidebooks, maps and a translation dictionary (if needed)
- Comfortable day bag or backpack for carrying guidebooks, snacks, and essentials during the day
- Travel umbrella or rain ponchos
- Sewing kit ( optional as many hotels will have their own)
This will vary depending on your destination and length of your stay so tweak for activities and season. I suggest you choose just one outfit for each day or nights out you have planned as well as a few versatile pieces that can be worn more than once. Lay out all of your outfits on a bed or floor and visualize each day of the week you will be away to see what you plan to wear each day/night before you place items in your baggage. Remember, we often pack WAY too much so planning ahead will help.
- Tops (tanks, t-shirts, dressy tops, light sweaters)
- Cardigans or shawl (for keeping warm on chilly evenings)
- Bottoms (pants, shorts, skirts)
- Dresses (including evening dresses,)
- Bikini and swimsuit
- Jewelry and accessories
- Evening bag or clutch
- Shoes (flats, sandals, heels, wedges, flip flops) Follow the rules of three.Consider one casual sandal or loafer, sneakers, and an evening shoe to be your holy trinity. Because of their shapes and heels, shoes take up the most room. Wear the heaviest pair and pack the other two.
- Light jacket
Warm Climate Destinations
- Beach bag
- Sun hat
- Swimsuits or bikini’s and cover-up
Cold Climate Destinations
- Heavy sweaters
- Thermal under-layers
- Gloves or mittens
- Warm hat or headband
- Waterproof ski pants and jacket or snowsuit
- Skis, poles, ski boots (if not hiring from resort)
- Waterproof socks
- Waterproof boots
- Hand and foot warmers
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Hiking boots (if needed)
- Activewear and workout gear (if needed)
Handy Packing Tips
- Avoid any last-minute stress by gathering things for your trip a few weeks beforehand.
- Check out your airline carrier’s baggage rules (both carry on and check in) as well as any health and travel advisories for your destination as far in advance as possible.
- Check your destination’s weather for the season you will be visiting in. Even hot climates can have rainy seasons!
- Bear in mind if you are going to a remote location you may not have access to the internet or printer for printing important documents.
- Underwear, T-shirts, jeans, cotton pants, and knitwear won’t wrinkle when rolled tightly. Stiffer fabrics, such as starched cotton shirts, blazers, dressy pants, and skirts, should be carefully folded. Check out this tutorial on how to roll your clothes from Carryology.com.
- Pack some pretty lingerie and nightwear (it is the honeymoon after all!)
- Avoid lost luggage nightmares by dividing both of your belongings between your two suitcases. This way, if disaster strikes, at least you’ll have some of your essentials.
- If your room has a docking system have a playlist of your favorite songs, all set to go on your phone or iPod or bring along a little speaker you can plug into it and take with you to the beach or wherever.
- Make sure to pack whatever medication you may need, if you’re going someplace remote, there may not be a pharmacy handy. Especially any prescription medication you might need.
- Make copies of all your travel documents and leave them with a loved one at home in case of emergency
- Pack a plastic bag for worn underwear and for wet clothing. You’d be surprised how wet a bathing suit will remain.
- Stuff shoes with sunglasses and electronic chargers.
- Always pack an outfit to travel home in, bearing in mind the climate where you’ll be landing. Nothing is worse than waiting for a taxi or bus at the airport in sandals and shorts, freezing to death!
Now it’s your turn. What tips would you suggest for packing for your honeymoon? Add to the conversation below! Also, Don’t forget to check out the 5 Stress-free tips for planning your honeymoon!
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