Honeymoon Packing Advice for the Fashionable Bride!

The summer is so obviously and undeniably wedding season and with that comes honey moon season too, right? It occurred to me last week (when my good friend was off in Mexico after her gorgeous wedding at the Mission Inn and I was shopping by myself) that a post designated solely for hmoon wardrobe should be available for brides!! And for the non-brides—don’t worry—this serves as a vacay wardrobe for you too!

Rewind to the solo shopping experience. I picked up the perfect pair of neon cutoffs and an adorable racer back tank. Both were full of fantasy and romance and I thought ‘these would be the for a hmoon!’ I wish I had thought to write a post earlier! For all you late summer and early autumn brides, I have thought extensively about what you should pack for that perfect post-wedding retreat. Fret not!

Common misconception: The planning bride can never be too prepared, right? Not so! Pack too much and an unwieldy bag will weigh you down un-wantingly. Take too little, and you end up buying what you didn’t bring (and we know that the budgets don’t like this option). The solution? A bare-bones honeymoon packing checklist that will keep you covered for emergencies and help you sail through your honeymoon with ease. (Reminder: Buy travel-sized items whenever possible.)


OK. So here are the must-haves:

  • Airline tickets or e-ticket confirmation
  • Passport/visas/driver’s license
  • Credit cards (take only those you’ll need)
  • Hotel/theater reservation fax confirmations
  • Traveler’s checks
  • Two sets of photocopies of all of the above, plus a photocopy of related medical and/or trip insurance coverage and prescriptions (carry one set with you, leave one in the hotel room)
  • Phone numbers for your doctor, house/puppy sitter, and credit card companies (in case your cards are lost or stolen)
  • Prescription medicine (in the original bottle)
  • Contraception + all those fun bachelorette gifts
  • Travel locks (combination lock recommended — no key to lose!) and ID tags for luggage (inside and out)
  • Camera (digital, SLR, waterproof and a Flip for video!)
  • iPad/ iPod or other device that you want for the plane (and earphones) + all relevant chargers for that and for your phone

Her Stash for a Week (totally tweak-able for any destination, activity, or season):

  • 1 pair jeans or leggings (for cold airports and on the plane- I love the J.Crew Saturday pants or any Lululemon yoga pant)
  • 1 light jacket, cardigan or pullover (take one that can be tied around the waist or stuffed in a backpack, sweatshirts are great for planes but can be super bulky to pack)
  • 4 play shirts (t-shirts, tanks, short-sleeve, button-downs)
  • 2 pairs shorts or short fun skirts
  • 2-3 swimsuits (bikini for the beach, sexy one for laying out, one-piece for water sports- ArielSimone can custom make you a bridesuit)
  • 1 swimsuit cover-up (Again, I recommend having this match your custom suit)
  • 1 pair walking shoes/sandals
  • 1 pair evening shoes/sandals
  • Extra socks and underwear
  • Bras (strapless and otherwise)
  • Accessories (scarves and jewelry to “stretch” your wardrobe, I love the new ArielSimone headbands for keeping your outfit on trend)
  • 1 nice sundress
  • 1 little black dress
  • 1 cardigan or blazer (for chilly, indoor restaurants)
  • 1 evening clutch
  • 1 day purse or tote

Hmoon 1

Orange tank top

Tasha crystal jewelry

Nordstrom straw hat

Dolce Gabbana lip gloss

Tom Ford fragrance

His Stash for a Week:

  • 1 pair jeans or chinos
  • 1 pair nice slacks
  • 1 light jacket or pullover (take one that can be tied around the shoulder/waist or stuffed in a backpack)
  • 4 play shirts (T-shirts or short-sleeve button-downs)
  • 2 pairs shorts
  • 2 polo or button-down short-sleeve shirts
  • 1 Blazer or nice jacket (for nicer restaurants)
  • 1-2 swimsuits
  • 1 pair walking shoes/sandals
  • 1 pair lace-ups
  • Extra socks and underwear

Pack Here — Don’t Buy There:

  • Insect repellent (and anti-itch cream for the bugs that break through- IntelligentNutrients has a great one)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm (I love Neutrogena and Burts Bees)
  • 2 pairs of Sunglasses (your favorite pair and then that pair you don’t care about)
  • Sun hats or for guys a baseball cap
  • Aloe vera for those unexpected burns
  • Band-Aids
  • Aspirin
  • Antacid
  • Antihistamine
  • Diarrhea medicine
  • Motion sickness medicine
  • Tampons/pads/ diva cup (they can be hard to find outside the U.S. and are a non-negotiable must-haves when you need them!)
  • Canvas tote bag for beach or pool (also good for carrying souvenirs home)
  • Guidebook
  • Electrical converter/adapter

Bathroom Basics:

  • Travel-size toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Deodorant
  • Comb/brush
  • Hair gel/spray
  • Nail file/clippers
  • Shaving cream
  • Razors
  • Contact lens and re-wetting solution, storage case
  • Hair accessories
  • Cosmetics
  • Make-up remover (My favorite are the Bare Escentuals Makeup Remover Wipes)
  • Cotton balls and swabs

Totally Optional!

  • Body lotion
  • Hair dryer
  • Straightening Comb/ Curling Iron
  • Shower cap
  • Alarm clock
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner

Calypso St Barth silk shirt

Pleated shorts

Floral shorts

Sam Edelman thong sandals

Ben de Lisi beaded handbag
$125 – debenhams.com

Handy Extras:

  • Earplugs (long plane rides with crying babies)
  • Sleeping Mask (also for long plane rides)
  • Extra pair of glasses/contacts, asthma inhaler, and the like
  • Ziplock bags (all sizes; use for packing wet swimsuits or protecting camera and film when it rains)
  • Sewing kit
  • Shout Wipes (or another instant stain-treater towelettes)
  • Anti-bacterial liquid or lotion
  • Visine
  • Waist pack (to keep money handy and in sight)
  • Small backpack(s) for day excursions and impromptu picnics
  • 1 pair old sneakers or Toms or Keds that can get wet or ruined (if you’re traveling to the tropics)
  • 1 pair workout sneakers and 2-3 workout outfits if you plan on visiting the resort’s gym or jogging on the beach
  • Swiss Army knife
  • Compact umbrella (or rain ponchos)
  • Water shoes if you are traveling somewhere that you need to walk through water to get to your above water Fijian hut 😉

Leave Behind With Family or Friends:

  • Your itinerary and hotel phone numbers
  • Photocopies of your passport, credit cards, and traveler’s check receipts
  • A sealed copy of your wills, life insurance-policy numbers, and pertinent financial info (if you want to plan for the very worse)

Obviously, you can read more from my research source and for more wedding tips, check out my other blog Charcoal & Lace.

by Nkechi Njaka


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