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How o pack for your honeymoon

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

Deciding what to pack for your honeymoon. You don’t want to over-pack and end up with overweight baggage fees, and you don’t want to under-pack and end up having to purchase things you need. While some of the specific items we mention below may vary according to where you are going, this list will give you the basic for warmer honeymoon destinations, along with some tips for packing.


Carry on what you can

You want to put in your carry-on everything that is necessary for your vacation/wedding. Include in here a bathing suit, cover up, and one outfit for dinner, too. This way, if your luggage gets lost, you won’t have a problem enjoying your vacation and you’ll still have everything you need for your wedding.

  • Passport and other IDs
  • Airplane Tickets/Boarding Passes
  • Hotel Reservation Confirmation
  • Shuttle/Transportation Confirmation
  • Copy of Travel Insurance
  • Credit cards, wallet, cash (for tipping)
  • Medicine (in original bottle)
  • Jewelry
  • Contact info for closest US Embassy and closest/best hospital in the area
  • Contact Info for Dr, house/pet sitter, etc.
  • One swimsuit and cover up, plus one light outfit
  • Camera
  • Cell Phones (fully charged)
  • Head Phones
  • Sleeping Mask, Neck Pillow
  • Books, Magazines, E-Reader/Tablet

Check-In Bag, Hers

What to pack for her

  • Swimsuits and Cover-ups (I recommend 2)
  • Sundresses (at least one nice one for the evenings)
  • Tanks, tees, and tops (2 total)
  • Shorts, skirts, pants, and bottoms (2 total)
  • Flip flops for the pool/beach
  • Shoes for dinner/going out (1 pair heels)
  • A wrap/sweater, in the event you’re somewhere chilly
  • Workout clothing (sports bra, top, bottom, sneakers, socks)
  • Sunglasses
  • Extra batteries, memory cards, etc. for camera
  • Hat/cap for the sun
  • Strapless bra
  • Underwear, Socks, Bras, etc.
  • Sleepwear
  • Accessories
  • Evening purse/clutch
  • Phone/Tablet chargers
  • Adapter

Check-In Bag, His

What to pack for him

  • Jeans or khakis
  • 1 pair nice slacks
  • Shorts (2)
  • Light jacket/pullover
  • Casual shirts (T-shirts or tanks)
  • Button-down and/or Polos (1 of each)
  • 1 sports jacket
  • Swimming trunks (2)
  • 1 pair sneakers
  • 1 pair sandals/flip flops
  • Extra socks and underwear
  • Undershirts
  • Hat/cap for the sun
  • Small backpack for excursions

Check-In Bag, Toiletries

Travel essentials to pack

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, whitening strips, mouth wash (travel size)
  • Hair styling products
  • Curling/Straightening Iron, Hair Dryer
  • Deodorant
  • Makeup and Makeup remover
  • Cotton ball/swabs
  • Q-tips
  • Comb/Brush
  • Razor and Shaving Cream
  • After-Shave
  • Feminine Hygiene products
  • Contraceptives
  • Contact lenses, case and solution
  • Bug Spray
  • Immodium
  • Aloe Vera
  • SPF 50 or above
  • Shampoo/Conditioner (resort probably provides)
  • Soap/Shower Gel
  • Body Lotion (resort probably provides)
  • Chapstick with SPF
  • Tweezers
  • Small scissors
  • Perfume/Cologne
  • Advil/Tylenol/Aleve
  • Band-Aids

Extras To Pack For Your Honeymoon

Something I missed? Make sure to add it to your own printed packing list!

To Do Before Leaving:

Before you leave...

  • Make copies of the following and leave with someone at home:
    •  Passport
    •  Birth Certificates
    •  All travel itinerary
  • Call your cell phone provider to inquire about adding an international package to your plan while you are abroad; some might be able to add this for free or for a small prorated fee if traveling to Mexico and the Caribbean. Otherwise, turn off the data on your phone and download WhatsApp, Viber, or another messaging app so that you can communicate with people via WiFi.
  • Purchase Tourist Card/Visa, if necessary
  • Have your mail held through USPS
  • Call your credit card companies and notify them of your travel plans
  • Let USPS know that you’re traveling and ask them to hold your mail
  • Pay any bills that will become due while you’re away
  • Clean out perishables from fridge. Ask someone staying behind to get some groceries for you the day you’re to arrive, so your fridge won’t be empty when you come home
  • Turn off appliances/electronics. Set thermostat.

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Author Bio: Sharon Kopp is a destination wedding bride turned destination wedding and travel specialist. Through Barefoot Bridal, she helps brides and their guests book their travel and accommodations to various locations, focusing mostly on the Caribbean, Mexico, and Hawaii, and helps brides plan their weddings.

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

After your beautiful wedding ceremony and reception, it’s time for your honeymoon. Where you go and what you do on your trip should reflect your personal style. Regardless of the weather where you live, you can even choose the climate for your December honeymoon.

There are so many lovely places in the world to travel to, so today we have compiled a list of the top 10 places to visit! These options range from the city center, to the beaches and even a desert!

You will also find a list of hotels to stay at, historical places to visit, and fun activities you won’t want to miss! Check out this amazing list and find the perfect place for you!

Happy travels!

Top 10 Locations for your December Honeymoon

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos AIres

Stay: Hotel Bonito Buenos Aires, Chill House, Faena Hotel,

Activities/places to see: Puerto Madero, National Museum of Fine Arts, Carlos Thays Botanical Garden, Corrientes Avenue

Caye Caulker, Belize


Stay: Caye Caulker Condos, Popeyes Beach Resort, Island Magic Beach Resort

Activities/places to see: windsurfing, snorkeling, Mayan Temple, zipline, Belize Zoo

Goa, India

Goa, India

Stay: Vivanta by Taj Holiday Village, Taj Exotica Goa, Park Hyatt Goa Resort, Vivanta by Taj Fort Aguada

Activities/places to see: Reis Magos Fort, Cola Beach, Old Goa, Dudhsagar Falls

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Turks & Caicos

Stay: One on Marlin, Sibbone Beach hotel, The Regent Palms, Seven Stars Resort & Spa

Activities/places to see: Boat tour, snorkeling, Coral Gardens Reef, Caicos Conch Farm, Anna’s Art Gallery

Cairns, Australia

Cairns AU

Stay: Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns, Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort, Floriana Guest House

Activities/places to see: Esplanade Boardwalk, boat tours, scuba diving and snorkeling, Cairns Botanic Gardens, Kuranda Scenic Railway

Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland

Stay: Reykjavik Centrum, Black Pearl, Castle House, Hotel Borg

Activities/places to see: The Blue Lagoon, Glacier tour, Northern lights

Havana, Cuba

Havana, Cuba

Stay: Saratoga, Hotel Nacional De Cuba, Hotel Telegrafo, Hotel Inglaterra

Activities/places to see: Check out places for live music, try street food, visit Old Havana to see the architecture, visit Varadero beach

St. Lucia

St. Lucia

Stay: Rendezvous, Cap Maison, Anse Chastanet

Activities/places to see: Treetop Adventure Park, Pitons, Pigeon Island National Park, sightseeing tours

Mwanza, Tanzania

Mwanza, Tanzania

Stay: Malaika Beach Resort, Hotel Tilapia, Midland Hotel

Activities/places to see: Serengeti Sange Safari,  Sukuma Village Museum, Shrike Safaris

Nha Trang, Vietnam

Nha Trang, Vietnam

Stay: Mia Resort Nha Trang, Evason Ana Mandara Nha Trang, MerPerle Hon Tam Resort

Activities/places to see: Snorkeling, sightseeing tours, Po Nagar Cham Towers, Vinpearl Amusement Park, Nha Tho Nui

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For weddings, we specialize in packages that range from full service to day-of planning, and even elopements!

Here at Pollyanna Events we also handle all types of events from quaint and boutique celebrations to large gatherings. With our creative background and passion for event planning, we will be sure to give you your own personalized wedding or event that will stand out from all the rest. Often, as featured in the photography on our website, this will include do-it-yourself projects that carry a unique sense of style to your occasion.

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