We’ve made a list. You need to check it twice. And then you can have a honeymoon that’s naughty and nice. We wouldn’t dream of telling you what clothes to take for a honeymoon abroad (but don’t forget the lingerie/sexy PJs – hello, it’s your honeymoon!), however, for everything else, follow our simple honeymoon packing guide …
- Hairbrush/comb, products & styling tools (can you live without your GHDs?). Toothpaste, toothbrush & floss.
- Deodorant. Razor & shaving products.
- Make-up & skin care products. Makeup remover, Q-tips, cotton balls (your hotel may have these).
- Perfume. Bring the one you wore for your wedding – special scents help establish lovely memories.
- Nail file, clippers, tweezers.
- Antibacterial wipes/hand
- Personal hygiene items (they’re often hard to get – not to mention super expensive – abroad).
- Sunscreen, after-sun products, lip balm.
- Insect repellent (and anti-itch cream for any bugs that break through).
- A mini medical kit, including paracetamol/ibuprofen, Imodium, band-aids, travel sickness medication, antacids, antihistamines, and vitamins.
What you leave behind can be just as important as what you take with you. Before you head off, be sure to leave these items with a trusted family member or friend:
- Copies of your passports, visas, tickets, driver’s licences, marriage certificate, health/travel insurance documents and any prescriptions.
- Hotel details, contact information and your itinerary (so they’ll know exactly how to reach you).
- Sealed copies of your wills, life insurance information, and any other relevant financial info.
- Your engagement ring. Obviously, you won’t want to take it off for a second, but if you’re worried about losing it, consider just wearing your wedding band – or buying some fun, faux rings for the tip.
- Start your packing list at least one week before you take off.
- Make a list of everything you want to pack and check things off as you go.
- Don’t overpack!
- Big, heavy suitcases are a nightmare – trust us: you want to travel light. Use combination travel locks (you can’t lose the key) and make sure you put ID labels on both the inside and outside of your luggage.
- To avoid the hell of blisters, never pack new shoes.
- Take travel-sized items wherever possible – you can take them in your
- Download guides and apps, rather than packing heavy books.
- Leave your laptop at home. Seriously.
- And stay off social media as much as possible. Be in the moment.
- Smartphone (load it up with great music, but make sure there’s lots of space for holiday snaps).
- Power adapter/USB chargers (leave home with everything fully charged).
- Books, magazines, Kindle. Flying?
- Take an eye mask, travel pillow, earplugs, and headphones (for in-flight movies).
- Credit cards, cash (including some local currency), traveller’s cheques.
- Key documents (like passports, visas, tickets, driver’s licences, reservation confirmations, itineraries, directions to your destination, emergency contact info, a copy of your marriage certificate, health/travel insurance, any prescriptions etc). Two sets of photocopies of these documents, plus copies of credit cards and traveler’s cheques. Keep one copy with you and leave the other in your hotel room. If you lose anything, getting a replacement will be much easier.
- Prescription medicines (in their original packaging).
- Don’t forget birth control (assuming you want to keep it just the two of you for a while!).
- Phone numbers for your doctor, other emergency contacts, friends and family, and credit card companies (in case your cards are lost or stolen).
- Don’t rely on your mobile phone in case there’s no service, or the battery dies.
- Glasses, contact lenses, solution, storage case, eye drops.
- Sunglasses and hat.
- Zip-lock bags in varying sizes (great for wet swimsuits, shoes etc).
- Bag or backpack for beach/pool/day trips etc (can double as a tote to bring home souvenirs – better yet, use it as your carry-on bag).