Top 10 Essentials to Pack for Your Honeymoon
Planning your honeymoon should be a part of your wedding plans. The first vacation you take as a wedded couple is certain to remain a beautiful memory for a lifetime.
But to make the idyllic getaway a reality, let’s get down to planning the details. We suggest you plan the destination, get your tickets, accommodation, and restaurants booked well in advance. Often one gets stuck at the packing stage. How is packing for a honeymoon different from packing for any other get away?
Here’s the top 10 items you must pack in between your walk down the aisle and the first romantic trip you plan to take as a wedded couple.
Traveling out on an exotic honeymoon vacation? It is important to ensure that all of your travel documents are ready and organized. Do you have your airline tickets, e-confirmation slips, passports, visas, hotel booking orders in order? Carry along traveler’s checks, phone contact information, and any ID tags that will help spot your luggage quickly. Forgetting any of these “must have” items could make your romantic honeymoon a downer .
2.Credit Cards and Important Documents
The best piece of advice you can get before traveling out on your honeymoon is to double check the finances. If you are headed out of the country, do check if you have the right currency in adequate amounts. Traveler’s checks and credit cards come in handy at most destinations. Do keep your ID documents handy. Driver’s license is an essential in case you need to plan to rent a car. Also some countries a marriage license may be required for you to stay together as a couple.
Unless you are planning to get pregnant right away remember to pack in the birth control. Decide on the birthcontrol option you want to use – pills, IUDs, condoms etc. Plan ahead, discuss with your partner and with your healthcare practitioner if necessary. Do remember to carry your contraception to avoid having to hunt for it on the first day of your idyllic getaway.
Your honeymoon is sure to be one of the most precious experiences of your life. Do not miss capturing your best moments by forgetting to pack in your camera! Make sure it’s charged and working. Coming back home to create a wedding album that you will cherish in the years to come will certainly have to begin with carrying a good camera. Remember to save your pictures onto another device even after you save them on a camera. You can transfer them to a flash drive, laptop, DVD/CD or even a cloud server. (Such as Google Drive or Dropbox) This should prevent any accidental data damage.
5.Swimsuits and Sunblock
If you plan to head to the beach/pool do pack in swimsuits. If you are planning on some water sports or and activities together do remember to carry the appropriate sportsgear. Carry your sunblock and in large quantities if you are headed to the tropics. While a bit of tan may look good, sunburn may not quite be romantic just after your wedding. Plan a bikini for the beach and a one piece suit for water sports. A swimsuit cover-up and sarongs or kaftans to drape over your swimwear are also likely to come in handy. A honeymoon by the beach will also mean throwing in a few extra towels. Furthermore, you may want to take along a sun hat or a cap, a scarf, and socks for comfort.
6.Essential Toiletries and Some Medication
Don’t let harsh environmental threats disrupt your romantic honeymoon getaway. We suggest preparing a list well in advance - lip balm, sunglasses, shampoo and conditioner, essential oils, deodorant, toothpaste/brush, floss, shaving kits, combs and brushes. A visit to an exotic destination may also require you to ensure your inoculations are in order. Anti-itch creams, insect repellents, anti-bacterial wipes, and any prescription drugs you use.
Do pack in some over-the-counter medications such as antacids, Tylenol or Aspirin and diarrhea medication. Motion sickness medicine may also be a lifesaver, as well as feminine products (tampons, pads) which may be difficult to find outside the United States.
7.iPod, Books, Journal, Laptop/Tablet
Remember to carry a light book and iPod for your in-flight reading or to listen to some romantic numbers together. If you’d like to stay connected with friends/family do bring along your laptop/tablet PC. Do check for Wi-Fi at the hotel you stay. Most women like to maintain a Honeymoon Journal – a diary to read years into the marriage. Consider writing material if you’d like to leave your partner small romantic notes at places he/she is likely to find them.
Yes, what would a honeymoon be without some sexy lingerie? Dump your sweatpants and buy something new, exciting, and unexpected. It’ll make your partner’s day and make the honeymoon worthwhile. The key is to surprise your partner and pack a few nice outfits for him/her to admire.
Carry day and night make-up to complement your clothes. Foundation, concealer, powder, eye liner, kohl, mascara, lip liners, lipstick, lip gloss, blush, hair styling gels, nail paint, perfumes, and light jewelry are essentials. Dark shades of make up are best suited for the evenings and light dusty shades are best suited for the day.
10.Maps, Guides, and Dictionaries
While getting blissfully lost may sound like a good idea, maps and guides make great companions on your honeymoon. In case of a trip to a non-English speaking country, do carry a dictionary or a translator. A quick currency converter application is a smart download for your phone. Applications that assist navigation are also great aids.
While you pack in all these essentials do not forget the most important elements – your affections, sense of romance and spontaneity. Read your partner a love poem everyday, pick flowers, and indulge yourselves. The best honeymoons are the perfect blend of detailed planning and an adventurous spirit.
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