With all the chaos surrounding the wedding day, packing for your honeymoon may be a complete afterthought, but it shouldn’t be! Take it from someone who left all of her make-up in her “wedding day bag” and had to stop on the way to the airport the next day at 7am to buy the essentials – you don’t want to forget something important! Especially because many people choose a somewhat remote location for the most romantic trip of their lives…and those places don’t always have a Target or a make-up counter at the mall nearby.
You should know your honeymoon destination months in advance, so you can add your packing checklist to the list of things to do ahead of time. You can even pack WAY ahead of time if you are going somewhere with a completely different climate. If you get married in December and then head to the Caribbean, you can obviously get most of your packing done in October or November. Regardless of your destination, here’s a handy checklist for your honeymoon must-haves:
- Plane tickets in your maiden name – don’t make this mistake! You will not be able to get your name changed until you have your marriage license…so make sure your ID will match your airline ticket.
- A valid passport if you are traveling outside of the United States, visas if necessary and your driver’s license.
- Traveler’s checks, credit cards and cash. Take whatever you are comfortable with, and make sure you have a contingency plan in case something goes wrong.
- Your phone. If you are traveling internationally, check with your carrier to see if you will be able to use your phone abroad. Otherwise, find out what kind of Internet capability you will have in case your family demands to know you arrived safely!
- Confirmations of every reservation you have made. This includes airline tickets, honeymoon insurance if you have it, hotel, rental car and restaurant reservations, as well as any specialty activity you may have booked, like private tours or scuba excursions.
- Copies of all paperwork and identification information. Leave a copy with your family, leave a copy in your hotel room and always have copies with you.
- Remember the restrictions in place for carry-on luggage, so you don’t pack a full bottle of sunscreen in your purse. They will throw it away, sealed shut with plastic or not, I promise. If traveling abroad, take note of the policies in the countries in which you will be traveling.
- Enough clothes to last several days past the end of your trip in case your trip is unexpectedly extended. Make sure to create your own checklist of the clothes you want to have…and don’t forget underwear, socks, shoes, toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, contact lens supplies, medicine, etc.), beach cover-ups and bathing suits if necessary, as well as clothing for all types of occasions.
- A camera with extra film if you want to pretend you are honeymooning in the 1990s…otherwise, just your phone or your digital camera to capture all the beautiful scenery on your trip.
- Enjoy the trip! Knowing you have everything you’ll need will allow you to kick back and relax after the big day!