Honeymoon Essentials for every couple
After months of planning for the wedding, it’s finally time to start your new life together. And what better way to ring in a new chapter than with an indulgent, fabulous honeymoon? Once you’ve picked a destination and booked that honeymoon suite, there’s one big to-do left on your list: packing. Here are some tips for packing well while staying sane.
Follow these easy organizational tips and travel recommendations to ensure your trip goes as smoothly as possible:
Do’s and Dont’s
- DO label your luggage inside and out. Mark your suitcases on the outside with something unique to avoid losing them. Just a few simple adjustments will deter other travellers from mistaking your bag for their own. For starters, try using creative luggage tags or coloured strings.
- DON’T wait until the last minute. Start your packing list at least one week before your scheduled departure. If your honeymoon plans have you leaving right on the heels of your wedding, the last thing you want is to be packing frantically and rushing out the door. Plan ahead and get packed early to prevent stress and a greater chance of leaving key items behind. You’ll be glad you did in the end.
- DO make photocopies of passports, IDs, and credit cards. Print out two copies of each. Bring one with you and leave the other behind. If you ever lose your wallet, purse, or have any essential items stolen, you’ll still be equipped with the information you need to get replacements.
- DON’T over-pack. Big, heavy bags are a pain to travel with, challenging to manoeuvre, and most importantly, super unnecessary. Travelling light simply avoids a lot of hassle.
- DO bring important items with you on the plane. This carry-on list includes medications, key documents (like tickets, itineraries, or emergency contact info), a change of clothes, and entertainment options such as magazines, books, or cards.
- DON’T pack shoes you’ve never worn before. Whether it’s boots, sneakers, or up-scale dress shoes, broken-in shoes will help you avoid blisters and other foot problems that could otherwise prevent you from participating in much-anticipated honeymoon activities.
- DO provide hotel details, contact information, and your itinerary for family members. If there’s an emergency while you’re away, your loved ones will know exactly how to reach you.
- DON’T forget how useful plastic bags and zip-locs can be. You’ll find these especially practical for toiletry items (to prevent spills) and storing dirty clothes. You can also pack all of your clothes in clear plastic bags and then divide them by item, such as shirts, underwear, or shorts. This really helps keep things organized and maximizes space.
- DO carry water bottles. Stay hydrated throughout your trip via reusable water bottles. Most designs fit snugly in backpacks, making them easily accessible and a breeze to transport around.
- DON’T bring bulky toiletries. Travel-size items for necessities like deodorant and toothpaste will lighten your load and save a ton of space. Plus, you won’t have to throw them out at airport security if you put them in your carry-on bags.
- DON’T let healthy habits fall by the wayside. You can take action by packing a bottle of instant hand sanitizer like Dettol or Surex to clean off dirty surfaces. It’s also easy to pack daily vitamins or at least bring a few immunity tablets to ensure you’re receiving essential nutrients.
- DO utilize a backpack. Ideal for day trip activities such as city tours and hiking treks, a backpack conveniently stores hefty items like cameras, chargers, and water bottles. Meanwhile, you can keep other important documents with you at all times (think confirmations, itineraries, and reservations).
- DON’T spend time on social media. Leave the computer at home. Stay off of Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter. You can upload photos and write witty messages when you get back.
Of course, part of the fun of travelling these days is posting fun photos while you’re on the go. Remember, this is your honeymoon! Be in the moment. Pay attention to each other and relax.