The Getaway Bride: What to Pack for Your First Trip As Husband and Wife

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Packing for a honeymoon can be as stressful as planning the wedding. Over packing can lead to having to carry heavy extra baggage from one terminal to the next and under packing will have you missing your forgotten items at home. But not to worry! We made a fool-proof honeymoon checklist that will have you covered whether you’re packing for the snow or the sand!

Packing I do’s!

This list covers all the documents you need to have with you before you embark on your honeymoon. If gathering all of these important documents seems overwhelming, going with a travel agent may be the best route for you. A travel agent will carefully prepare and organize all of these documents in case an emergency should arise where they are needed while on vacation.

Marriage materials:

  • Airline tickets via phone or printed

  • ID and Passports/Visas

  • Medical and trip insurance cards

  • Hotel reservation confirmations in your phone or printed

  • A list of emergency contacts just in case

  • Credit cards

  • Cash (Pro Tips: if traveling internationally waiting to get cash out at an ATM helps to avoid those annoying conversion fees.  If using a local ATM always get cash in the local currency. In certain countries, banks will give you a choice of USD or local currency by offering to “guarantee” or “lock in” your conversion rate as a convenience. Be sure you always decline that option & use local currency. The conversion is usually set by the bank and you end up losing more money!)


Now for your suitcase staples for your rip. This list will ensure that every aspect of the honeymoon is covered. Whether it’s a little black cocktail dress or sneakers for a romantic hike.

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In the bride’s bag:

  • T-shirts

  • Dresses (at least one LBD)

  • Bras (don’t forget a strapless one)

  • Underwear

  • Socks

  • Pajamas

  • Workout clothes and sneakers

  • Sandals

  • Heels/wedges

  • Shorts

  • Jeans

  • Leggings

  • A light jacket or sweater

  • Accessories such as jewelry, sunglasses and hats

Now, to make sure your groom is ready to go….

Men are typically less likely to over-pack, but make sure there’s no under-packing either! Here are some must-haves for his suitcase.

The go-to groom’s list:

  • Jeans

  • A nice outfit for a dinner out (think a sports jacket and nice pants)

  • A light jacket

  • Casual t-shirts

  • Shorts

  • Swimsuit

  • Sneakers and sandals

  • Socks

  • Underwear

  • Sunglasses

  • Accessories like a hat or backpack

Every honeymooner is different. But whether you’re heading for a sun soaked beach holiday or a powdery-white, cozy getaway, these different list have you covered.

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In case it gets sandy (items to bring if your headed south):

  • Swimsuits

  • Beach cover-ups

  • Beach towels and tote

  • A beach read or Kindle.

  • Sun hat

  • Water shoes (perfect for adventurous activities)

  • Sunscreen & sunburn gel (depending on location)

Let it snow (items to bring if your headed north):

  • Winter coat

  • Snow boots

  • Lots of layers

  • Scarfs

  • Hand warmers

  • Gloves and earmuffs/hats

Don’t forget these little items you’d be lost without. (You don’t want to get stuck on the plane next to a crying baby without your headphones!)

Plus ones (extras to pack):

  • Contacts and glasses

  • Medication (like an inhaler or allergy medicines)

  • Earplugs

  • Sleep mask (perfect for time changes)

  • Mini sewing kit

  • Camera with charger and extra memory cards.

  • Umbrella and/or raincoat (depends on location)

  • Power adapter (if travelling internationally, so that you can use your power outlets)

  • Headphones

  • Cell phone charger

  • Laptop and charger

  • Luggage locks

  • A notebook for the newlyweds to take turns writing about this magical time (their wedding, honeymoon days, etc)

  • Bath salts for your first bubble bath as a married couple

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To have and to hold toiletries:

  • Toothbrush

  • Razor and shaving cream

  • Eye drops

  • Tweezers

  • Makeup bag

  • Curling iron or flat iron (Pro tip: Skip the hairdryer. Nearly every hotel has them!)

  • Feminine products

  • Hairbrush and hair ties

  • Extra bobby pins

  • Deodorant

Tourist Rip-Offs Not to Miss

Don’t get sucked into buying these items on the road as they will be twice as expensive. Save yourself  by packing these ahead of time:

  • Sunscreen and lip balm

  • Aspirin and pain medication

  • Insect repellant

  • Band-Aids

  • Motion sickness medication

  • Guidebook or maps

  • All electronic accessories

Your honeymoon is going to be amazing, no matter what’s in your suitcase. However, making sure you’re packing all the necessities with help. Be sure to keep some extra room in your suitcase for some souvenirs and luxury items you purchase. But most importantly, get ready for an amazing trip!


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