Leaving with your newlywed sweetie is an exciting thought. Sure, you want to run out of your wedding reception and leap directly onto an airplane to Jamaica. However, don’t skip town without bringing the essentials! Below are the five most important things to bring on a honeymoon. Don’t leave home without them!
You know you’re going to create a lot of memories on this trip, so bring a way to record them. The photos you take on your honeymoon shouldn’t be left to just any camera. Skip the in-phone cameras (unless you have an amazing phone) and pack some high-quality photography gear.
Be sure to bring a sturdy bag to protect your camera while traveling. Take security precautions to prevent theft. Always double-check to make sure you still have your camera when leaving taxi cabs, hotel rooms, and other areas where you may have taken it off of your person.
Knowing when to pull out the camera and when to enjoy the moment is a fine line. Take as many pictures as you can to ensure you can relive the happiness of your honeymoon in the future. However, judge when the moment is perfect just the way it is, too–you’ll carry the memories of your favorite experiences just as vividly as photographs.
While cute shoes and jewelry are important items to bring on your honeymoon, nothing beats the actual essentials. Enjoy every moment of your newlywed vacation by making sure you and your sweetheart are both healthy and ready for adventure.
Pack a go-kit with Band-Aids, aspirin, anti-diarrheal medicine, feminine hygiene products, motion-sickness medication , and any prescription medications you need. Don’t leave them in your checked luggage, just in case you need them immediately during your travels. Pack all pills and medicine in their original packaging to prevent security personnel from getting suspicious.
If you’re taking a honeymoon in a remote or foreign location, take extra care to pack all of the first-aid items you could possibly need. Keep in mind that you won’t be able to hop over to the nearest store if it turns out you left something behind. The more prepared you are, the better the chance you have of a blissful vacation. And if you’re not planning to start a family immediately, remember to pack contraception!
Paperwork may not be the most romantic aspect of a honeymoon, but it can mean the difference between arriving at your destination ready to party and spending your first week of married life cooling your heels at an airport or border station.
In the rush to run off and celebrate your marriage, don’t leave home without your drivers’ licenses, passports, visas, or other identification. Pack credit cards, travelers’ checks, and emergency cash in different pockets and bags in case one gets lost or stolen.
Bring printed confirmations of all hotel reservations, airline tickets, insurance plans, and other pre-purchased travel expenses (including entertainment expenses such as restaurant or theater reservations). Write down important telephone numbers in case your phone is lost or runs down its battery.
To make sure you really have nothing to worry about, make copies of all important documents and leave them with a trusted friend back home. That way, even if all of your bags get lost, you can still prove your identity and get back without trouble.
Local Guide Book
Don’t leave home without knowing what awaits you at your destination. No one wants to come home only to find out that they missed their favorite band’s final concert or camped just around the corner from the world’s most picturesque beach. Read several guide books on your destination and look up reviews to find out which ones are the most up-to-date and informative. Dog-ear the pages of the restaurants, hotels, and local attractions that seem worth checking out.
Don’t just depend on printed guide books, either; do Internet research before you leave to ensure that your information covers all festivals and performances happening during your stay. Print out all schedules so you can keep up with them even if you can’t find a Wi-Fi hotspot along the way.
Sense of Humor
It sounds corny, but the most important thing you can bring on your honeymoon doesn’t go in a suitcase. It’s your sense of humor. On any vacation, things go wrong. It’s the nature of travel–honeymoons are no exception. Ultimately, however, you can still have a wonderful time.
Keep in mind, no matter where you go and what you do, you’re doing it with your newlywed spouse by your side. If you can have fun when things go wrong on a honeymoon, you’ll be setting the scene for the rest of your lives.
Lisa is a special needs teacher and a hugger. She always makes time for everyone and lightens up everybody’s lives with her presence. When she is not chasing her students around the yard, she finds time to write about what she truly loves, and you guessed it, its people and relationships.