tips for honeymoon travel

Plane

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

You’ve said your vows, all the photos have been taken, and you shared your first dance. After months (maybe years!) of planning, your wedding day is over and you’re ready to celebrate as newlyweds and leave for your honeymoon in wedded bliss. Are you ready though? With the craziness of wedding planning, the honeymoon plans and packing can sometimes be put on the backburner.

Here are some guidelines for what to include in your luggage, along with tips to make sure everything you need is packed and you are not forgetting anything important. We want to help make sure you’re prepared with everything you need for your first getaway as a married couple.

Guidelines For Honeymoon Packing

Don't forget your passport

Pack your “Must-Haves” First

No matter what your destination is, there will be a few items you cannot leave without. Pack the items that you will absolutely need, and keep a list so you can check off items as you pack them. Some necessities include:

  • Passport and/or Driver’s License
  • Airline Ticket or E-ticket
  • Credit Cards
  • Cash
  • Travelers Checks
  • Hotel/Resort Confirmation
  • Prescription Medicine

Toiletries

If you’re flying, try to bring travel size toiletries to save room and make sure your checked bag doesn’t exceed the weight limit – or maybe you won’t need to check a bag at all. You won’t want to forget the following toiletries:

  • Toothpaste and Toothbrushes
  • Contact Solution and Case
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Hair gel, mousse, etc.
  • Hair dryer, straightener, curling iron, etc.
  • Hair Accessories
  • Moisturizer
  • Cosmetics
  • Face Wash
  • Make Up remover
  • Shaving Cream
  • Deodorant
  • Razor
  • Brush/Comb
  • Nail File
  • Cotton Balls and Q-tips

 Clothing for Her

This list can be adjusted to fit the season, location, and any activities you’ll be doing, but here are some guidelines:

  • Bathing Suits
  • Underwear and Bras
  • Socks
  • Lingerie and Pajamas
  • Swim Cover-Ups
  • Casual Dresses
  • Formal Dress (or more if you will be attending multiple formal events)
  • T-shirts and Tank Tops
  • Shorts
  • Flip Flops
  • Sandals/Walking Shoes
  • Cardigan or sweatshirt
  • Jeans
  • Light Jacket or heavier coat (if needed)
  • Sneakers
  • Jewelry and Accessories

Packing for men

 Clothing for Him

This can be adjusted to fit the season, location, and any activities you’ll be doing, but here are some guidelines:

  • Jeans
  • Slacks or Khakis
  • T-shirts
  • Polos
  • Button Down Shirts
  • Shorts
  • Bathing Suits
  • Flip Flops
  • Lace-up/Closed Toe shoes
  • Sneakers
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Belt

Extras You’ll Want

Some of this could be purchased once you arrive but it’s best to pack the miscellaneous items at home. Purchasing items at a resort or out of the country can be pricey. Definitely remember to include the following in your luggage:

  • Bug Spray
  • Ibuprofen
  • Tums
  • Allergy Medication, if needed
  • Tampons, if needed
  • Contraception
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Aloe
  • Band aids
  • Gum

More things to pack

Entertainment

You are most likely traveling somewhere via plane, train, or car. Don’t forget about the downtime. Think about bringing a few items to keep you both occupied. They might even come in handy for a rainy day while you are still vacationing.

  • Books or Kindle
  • Magazines
  • Playing Cards or Travel Games
  • iPad or Tablet for Movies and Games

 Other:

  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Phone Charger
  • Camera and Charger
  • Headphones
  • Small Purse or Clutch
  • Tote Bag

Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute

If you’re leaving for your honeymoon right after your wedding, it is easy to place it on the back burner and focus only on tasks for the big day. Don’t let honeymoon packing fall to the wayside. You won’t want to be rushing to get everything packed on time. Put aside some time a few days before the wedding to organize yourself for your honeymoon as well.

Have Fun

Try not to let packing cause any more wedding stress. Remember, this is your time to enjoy your first days together as a married couple. Your honeymoon will be a fun and romantic time as newlyweds. Enjoy it!

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Bio: Erica is a technical copywriter by day and wanna-be comedian blogger by night. She is enjoying life as a newlywed and blogs over at thesnarkyscoop.com . Read her recaps of The Bachelor(ette), pet peeves like people with lack of personal space, and celebrity obsessions – but mostly recaps of the The Bachelor.

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Honeymoon travel

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

Hi, Everyone, my name is Emily Exon and I am the owner and primary photographer at Emily Exon Photography based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I am super excited to have been invited to write a guest blog post for Honeyfund and I am also excited about the topic I have chosen! So let’s jump right into it!

How to Save Money While on Your Honeymoon

Now you are probably thinking, what does a wedding photographer know about planning a honeymoon? Well, my husband and I got married 9 years ago and we planned a small wedding in hopes to save money to travel/backpack for 3 weeks in Italy for our honeymoon. This trip was going to be a big one, and we were fresh out of University, so money was tight. However, once we came back from Italy we have since travel to12 different countries, four, continents and hundreds of cities. And we do so all while being money conscious and setting realistic goals.

So to start planning your dream honeymoon and save money, ask yourself a few questions.

Honeymoon destination 1

1.  Where do we want to go on our honeymoon?

This is a pretty interesting and a fun question to start with, I suggest making a list of the places you would like to visit and treat this like a bucket list. I wouldn’t toss this list out in the garbage when you have picked your destination, just in case you too catch the travel bug! Once you have a couple places you are interested in visiting, start looking at setting a budget for what you want to spend getting there and what you want to spend while you are there. Be realistic! Check what the exchange rate is for your currency against the currency of your host country and determine which place on your list most accurately fits within your budget.

2.  What time of year are we going to travel?

This might help you make up your mind on where you will go. If it is cold where you live, maybe you will be looking to go somewhere hot. This will help narrow down your honeymoon bucket list. But be sure to cross-reference your destination with the following question to ensure you get the tan you are looking for.

Honeymoon destination 2

3.  What season will it be in the country we are traveling to?

This is important for two reasons. One, for example, in Africa during May it is the start of their winter and it does get pretty chilly in the morning and evenings. However, by going to Africa during their winter, you save money on low time accommodations, whereas if you go to Africa in December the middle of their summer, you will pay more for accommodations because that is their Tourist High Time.

4.  Do we want to cut our guest list so that we can help save for the honeymoon?

So this idea might sound counter intuitive, but it is an option to help save money to only invite those you know well and family you see often. Perhaps with some of the money saved, you can apply it to traveling or sightseeing locations and/or souvenirs. (I like to buy a Christmas ornament or something I can make into an ornament from every place [even cities] we have traveled to, to place on my tree. I love this because it is nice to look back and chat about our travels and dream up new travel ideas.)

Of course, with Honeyfund, people can actually help donate money to your honeymoon.

5.  What are the flight options?

Part of the experience of any trip is the journey. So maybe you have a couple layovers rather than a pricey direct flight. I recommend finding the cheapest option that you are willing to pay that has the least layovers, and try to get one of the layovers to be 6-9 hours. This will sound silly, but it is nice after a 12-30 hour flight to get off the little airplane and go for a stroll and sightsee. We spent 6 hours on a hop-on-hop-off bus tour of England where we got to see the sights, jump off to hit up a local pub for a pint and some fish and chips. And then it was onwards for another 14 hour flight to South Africa.

This was great because I got to see another country on my bucket list and I got to take a break from the busy airport. TIP: Most of the time your baggage can be checked through to your final destination, so scooting in and out of security isn’t a hassle.

Honeymoon destination 3

6.  What type of accommodations are we comfortable with?

This is a great way to save some cash. Depending on where you are traveling, and what their everyday public safety is like, renting an AirBnB or staying at a Hostel, Bed and Breakfast or small boutique hotel can save you huge amounts of money! We stayed a small flat in Cape Town for $75.00 a night. We could cook breakfast and pack a lunch, do our laundry and spend a little more on sightseeing and dinners at night. The apartment was safe, clean, and had great reviews!

TIP: Always read the reviews. Don’t read them as if they are written in stone, but read them to get a general idea of the location, condition, and safety of the accommodations you are paying for. Tripadvisor is great for both finding deals and extensive reviews!

Honeymoon destination 4

7.  What does travel within the city or country we are visiting look like?

Again this is another option for saving some money. Taxis in some countries are a great idea. while in others they are a rip off. Do a little research on how you will get from Point-A to Point-B (safely) and you can find yourselves with a few extra bills left over! Look for Uber options, bus and train packages, early booking discounts on city transit etc. Sometimes renting a car and driving yourself is cost effective when you want to go a long distance within a country.

TIP: Make sure you have your passport and an international driver’s license! You can purchase one at AAA. They are not expensive and last up to a year.

8.  What do we want to do when we are there?

Sure you want to see all the sights, but tourist attractions are expensive! I recommend picking a couple “must see” spots and then schedule a few days for downtime, like resting at the pool or beach, spending the day hopping from the different local eateries and wonder into different areas of the city (safely) to get a more diverse experience into the country’s culture. You will never be disappointed hitting up a local market in Thailand, designing a picnic in a park outside of a cathedral in Rome, or be upset when you wander into a forest for little hike in the Black Forest of Germany, or stumble upon a castle nestled in a valley in Luxembourg, or drive up behind wild running ostrich in the Southern Cape of Africa!

Honeymoon destination 5

9.  Where to eat while we are on our honeymoon?

It is always nice to have fancy dinners when you are on your honeymoon. It’s like the wedding celebration never ends. But I recommend for those less romantic meals like breakfast and lunch to try shopping at the local grocery store or food market! Packing a picnic or snack for your day of tripping around a city is a huge save on money! It is also a great way to eat local, see what food is available in your host country and get an idea of what the cultural and agriculture is like.

I hope these little tips were helpful and have gotten the old creative juices flowing. I am excited for your honeymoon, it will either provide you with a wealth of relaxation, education or wonder!

Happy Honeymooning!

Bio: One of the leading Calgary wedding photographers, specializing in both Wedding and Commercial Photography, Emily Exon experimented with different genres of photography before settling on wedding photography as her perfect niche. The fun, joy, and passion she found in documenting the love story of many couples resulted in unique wedding photos that captured the specialness of the wedding day and other events leading up to it.

Emily loves the wedding industry so much that she is an active blogger on her Calgary Wedding Photography Blog, where she writes about weddings and the photography business, offering tips to both clients who want great photos and to budding photographers.

To see beautiful examples of her art or to book her services, check out her website.

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