Trying to remember what specific things to pack for a honeymoon vacation can be a challenge and a dangerous game to play without creating and following a checklist.
There are the essentials you need to bring on your honeymoon such as money, passport/driver license, airline tickets, etc…..and then there are those items that aren’t necessarily a must, but can create comfort during your travels such as sunglasses, sunscreen, and medicine.
What it all amounts to is being prepared. It’s always a good idea to be over-packed then under. Forgetting items can mean disaster (i.e. arriving at airport without license) or can burn unnecessary holes in your wallet (i.e. forgetting sandals and having to buy some there).
The packing guide below will help you determine what to bring on your honeymoon. Remember, pack more than what you anticipate needing!
Items you DO NOT want to FORGET to pack in your suitcase
- Drivers license
- Passport (if traveling international)
- Cash – but not too much (no more than $200)
- Credit cards – pack 1 or 2 and leave the rest at home
- Airline tickets (although not exactly necessary as these can easily be printed at airport kiosks)
- Hotel information (especially the address and phone number)
- Car rental confirmation
- Printed confirmations (i.e. shows, tours, etc.)
- Prescription medicine including birth control
- Enough underwear and socks (more the better….you never know when you’ll be caught in a thunderstorm and forced to change out early!)
- Bathroom necessities (toothbrush, toothpaste, contact solution and case, razor and cream, soap, shampoo, makeup)
- Phone charger
- Appropriate clothing for the destination (i.e. dresses, shorts, tank tops, etc)
- Sandals and comfortable tennis shoes
Many of the above items can be safely stored in travel wallet organizers and are especially ideal for honeymoons. Many come with zippers so money and credit cards can be securely stored. The pockets are also great for slipping any printed confirmations and airline tickets.
Any liquids should be in containers of 3 ounces or less when carrying on luggage. Since honeymoons are typically longer stays, you will most likely be checking luggage so you will not have to worry about the size of your liquids.
Items that are NICE TO HAVE but not essential
- Over the counter medicine such as aspirin, antacids, and sudafed
- Bug repellent
- Destination specific attire such as floral printed Hawaiian shirts – perfect for luaus
- Rain jacket
- iPod / iPad
- Travel neck pillow for the plane ride
- Noise cancelling earplugs (again for the plane ride)
- Reading materials
- Sleeping pill for plane ride (depending on distance needed to travel)
- Backpack (to carry your goods as you travel around)
- Hand sanitizer
Prior to leaving, be sure to leave travel itineraries with your family. At the very least this should include high level information such as the specific days you are flying from point A to point B and the hotels you’re staying at. You should also include specific flight times and the hotel address and phone number.