This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.
Okay, so you’ve said your “I do’s”, danced until (and past) your new shoes have given you blisters, and have lost your voice after reciting John Legend’s “All of Me” ballad into the early hours of the following morning – now what? The post-wedding blues have probably hit and the only thing likely to provide you with a pick-me-up strong enough to get you up from the sofa is the realization that your honeymoon is on the horizon.
Planning Your Honeymoon Packing List
While, for some, packing their suitcase is where the holiday begins, for others this significant detail is overlooked as a dull activity, forcing them to delay the process until the night before the flight. Unfortunately, this often induces the what-have-I-forgotten panic throughout the whole taxi journey to the airport!
That’s where we step in, as in today’s blog post we’re outlining your honeymoon suitcase must-haves, helping eradicate any pre-packing fears with this simple checklist to ensure your honeymoon is as idyllic and stress-free as it was intended to be, no matter what type of trip you’re going on.
For Your Carry-On: The Boring Bits
Whether you’re going on a long-haul flight to a luxury destination or are setting off on an exciting road trip around the country with your other half, having a smaller, carry-on sized bag packed with the essentials is an absolute must. With instances of airlines losing hold-all baggage not uncommon, it’s paramount that you have at least your most important supplies to hand at a bare minimum. These include the following:
- Passport and/or driver’s license
- Cash – depending on your destination, it’s advised that you carry both some of your own currency and a proportionate amount of currency from the place you’re visiting
- Emergency contact information – whether placed in your wallet or another, easy-to-find area of your person, carrying contact information and a map (in the event of poor or no phone signal) is crucial to keeping safe in every situation
- A high-quality camera to capture those stunning, one in a lifetime memories
- Wedding gift thank you notes – boring boarding gates make a fantastic destination for writing your thanks to those who came to your wedding and to those friends and family members who helped you make the honeymoon of your dreams so special
- Physical copies of your crucial travel documents, including your passport, hotels and travel insurance
- Portable charger
What To Wear When You’re Out There
For the most part, what you wear will largely depend on where you’re traveling to. However, generally speaking, your honeymoon attire should consist of a mixture of comfortable yet chic clothing, with pieces that are easy to dress either up or down.
- At least one pair of smart trousers
- A pair of smart-casual shoes – nothing as dazzling as your wedding’s dancing shoes or your work brogues, potentially something more relaxed such as a pair of soft leather loafers
- A linen blazer (good for both hot daytime lunches and cool evening meals)
- A few button-down shirts
- A couple of lightweight midi dresses that will be both culturally appropriate for a number of destinations, as well as easy to dress up with a pair of strappy heels or down with a comfortable pair of Birkenstocks
- At least one nice top in amongst your suitcase of t-shirts and blouses
- Either a pair of sandals or wedges for a romantic meal
- A couple of pieces of inexpensive jewelry that you wouldn’t be sad to lose or see turn green after a couple of days of swimming in the pool
The Things You Probably Forgot About
Potentially the worst thing that can happen on your honeymoon is for it to be ruined in an event of sickness – whether it’s you that’s fallen ill or your partner, it’s crucial that you pack for every eventuality by packing appropriate safety gear and medicine, some include the following:
- SPF 15 lip balm
- Sun cream and aftersun treatment with a reputable brand that has a high SPF and UV protection rating
- Insect repellent
- Travel pack of tissues
- Wet wipes
- Hand sanitizer
- Anti-diarrhea and anti-nausea medication
- Sleep aid
- Travel clothesline
- A handy flashlight
- Nail scissors and/or tweezers
- Contact lense solution and a spare pair of contacts (should you require)
Looking for a closing tip? Leave the stress of your job, the house move and your finances at home (you have a lifetime for those!), put away your mobile and enjoy your honeymoon together.
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Author bio: Abi Proud is a content creator for AbayaButh – retailers of abayas, hijabs, midi dresses, and a range of modest Islamic clothing for women.