You've bought the dress, signed contracts with the vendors, and picked the perfect wedding planner. Invites have been sent, reception décor has been ordered, and day-of prep is complete. But before you can truly relax, there's one more (post-wedding) detail to plan. Don't you worry, it's the honeymoon, and it's so worth it.
Before you embark on the trip of a lifetime, you'll have to gather the essentials for a worry-free trip. And lucky for you, we've made a comprehensive list.
Whether you'll be lying on a beach, climbing a mountain, or sipping vino in an outdoor café, we've got you covered. And if your destination is a surprise, check our for-anywhere recommendations. No matter where you're headed, we know what to bring and where to put it, so you'll be perfectly organized from your suitcase to your carry-on. Read on for a complete list of everything you need—including clothes, currency, and other necessities.
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You can divide these items between your handbag and carry-on—just don't pack them in a checked-in suitcase or you might never see them again if your bag gets lost, stolen, or pilfered.
✔ Passport or visa, if needed
✔ Picture I.D., like a driver's license
✔ Airline or e-ticket (the name on your ticket must match the name on your passport)
✔ Boarding passes
✔ Credit cards (only the ones you'll use) and ATM card
✔ Cash (when arriving at a foreign locale's airport, buy a small amount of the local currency for taxis and tips; cash more at a bank later or use credit cards instead)
✔ Health insurance card
✔ Hotel and restaurant confirmation numbers
✔ Travel itinerary
✔ Photocopies of passport, visa, driver's license, itinerary (keep a second set of copies in your suitcase)
✔ Phone numbers for your doctors, credit card companies
✔ Cell phone
✔ Tablet or other electronic devices, chargers, headphones
✔ Prescriptions (in original containers)
✔ Birth control
✔ Motion-sickness medication
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Rule of thumb—for every pair of pants or shorts you take, pack two shirts. And no matter where you're going, comfortable flats are appropriate. Wear them on the plane, and you've just created more room in your suitcase!
✔Jeans or other pants
✔Dresses (casual and dressy)
✔Shirts and tees (casual)
✔Bras, underwear, socks, hose
✔Workout top, pants, bra, socks, sneakers (if you'll have access to a gym or running/walking trails)
✔Lingerie your girlfriends gave you
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Add these clothes to the basics list if you're going tropical on your trip for two. The most important item: sunscreen. Your honeymoon is the last place you want to feel the burn!
✔Insect repellant (find out ahead of time which bugs inhabit the area you're visiting)
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You'll stay warm and cozy as you schuss down the slopes or wander the (uncrowded) streets in the off-season. Hot chocolate for two, please!
And if skiing:
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No Matter Where You're Going
More essentials that you'll be glad you've got on hand:
✔Gallon-size plastic bags, like Ziplocs
✔Foldable tote bag
✔Hair dryer and other styling tools
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These are just the basics—add anything else you use to treat a specific need or condition.
✔Aspirin, Advil, or Tylenol
✔Toothbrush, paste, floss
✔Shampoo and conditioner
✔Hair styling products, brush/comb
✔Razor and shaving cream
✔Contact lens solutions and case