Find the above suitcase at Couverture.
Of course, honeymoon packing differs depending on the destination. However, there are a few key things that you won’t want to forget.
- A map and travel book on the area. You can get great entertainment ideas from these little guys.
- Travel pharmacy. This is more for those going out of country. If you don’t know the culture, and especially if you aren’t fluent in the language, take everything you need that would prevent a honeymoon disaster. This includes Pepto Bismol, Monistat, AZO Standard (A must for newlyweds…by the way, this won’t cure you, it just dulls the pain until you can see a doctor), Airborne or some kind of cold-prevention, and extras of any prescription medicine you and your new hubby take.
- Important documents and copies of them. This includes a copy of your marriage certificate, passports and driver’s licenses, airplane tickets and confirmations, reservation confirmations for your hotel, as well as any activities that you’ve planned ahead of time, phone numbers for your credit card company in case they get lost or stolen, and your credit or debit cards. Personally, I recommend debit cards. You don’t want to start your marriage in debt. Also, don’t take too much cash, because the exchange rate is generally better electronically than with cash.
- Your trousseau. This is French, derived from a word meaning ‘bundle’. It is actually the clothing and linen of a bride, traditionally provided by her family. Today, this can simply mean the wardrobe purchased for the honeymoon. If you are trying to pack light, think layers. Take a swimsuit, even if you are going to a cold area of the world. You never know if you’ll want to visit the hot tub. Take a light sweater or shawl that can be dressed up or down. If you can, try to pack in generally the same color (black or brown). This way you won’t have to take so many pairs of shoes and accessories. Be sure to pack a pair of comfortable walking shoes for sightseeing and some strappies for a nice dinner out. Try rolling your clothes instead of folding them. This saves space. If you will be traveling from city to city or switching hotels at some point during your honeymoon, it’s a good idea to get a suitcase with wheels. It’s no fun to carry around a big duffel bag on your back, even if it’s just from baggage claim to the cab to the hotel.
- Pack your carry-on as though it’s your only bag. Put an extra set of clothing, any important documents and valuables in your carry-on. This way, if your checked bag gets lost or is just late, you won’t be at a total loss.
- Extra space for bringing home tangible memories.