It’s often a surreal experience after you get married. After months of planning and dreaming of your big day, it finally happens – and once all the adrenaline leaves you’ll realise how exhausting the entire process was! No wonder honeymoons were invented..
Once you’ve booked everything there is only one big to-do left on your list: pack! It’s often people’s least favourite thing to do in the lead up to a big trip, but smart packing can make the entire holiday – especially the first few days, that much more enjoyable as you transition from your everyday life to rest and relaxation most.
Here are my top tips for packing well while staying sane.
1. START EARLY
The key to honeymoon bliss is to start planning early—especially if you’re leaving on the heels of your big day! Avoid last-minute stress by investigating your airline carrier’s baggage rules and health and travel advice for your destination in advance.
2. PLAY DOCTOR
It may not be the most romantic thing to think about, but neither is getting sick on your honeymoon… Stock up on over the counter medicine while still at home so you know what you’re getting and you’re not stuck in awkward situations of using google translate to figure out what foreign medicine labels are saying.
3. A COUPLE THAT WEIGHS TOGETHER STAYS TOGETHER…
When it comes to packing, less is more—as long as you have your necessities. It takes lots of practise to strike the perfect balance of packing – between packing the kitchen sink or leaving behind essentials which means running to the store and overspending for little necessities that you already have at home.
4. THE RING
I know that after the big day the last thing you’ll be wanting to do is take off your gorgeous new ring, but sometimes an activity means removing them for safe keeping. Make sure you bring something safe to store them in at the hotel so you’re not busy worrying about them while you’re meant to be enjoying yourself!
5. IN THE BAG
To maximize your space and avoid wrinkling, roll each item tightly, then pack them snugly on top of each other. Stuff your socks inside of your shoes—not only will this save you space, but it will help your shoes retain their shape. Pack smaller items like underwear, bathing suits, and especially toiletries in clear plastic bags to save space. My bag of choice is Cyborg hard shell case by Paklite – it keeps everything safe in your journey with a hard outer case, is expandable to ad up to 20% extra space, and has plenty of smart storage solutions and accessories like lockable zippers, internal compression straps, compartment dividers and internal zipper pocket. Add these little beauties to your wedding registry so you can be travelling in style!
6. KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON
What you don’t pack in your bags is these days as important as what you pack in them. Check the laws on airline carriers of what you can’t carry onto a plane (there are some you may always forget, like batteries, umbrella and nail clippers).
7. BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY
Minimise the chance for potential misadventures by carrying on essential travel documents like itineraries, visas, tickets, confirmations, important contact info, and copies of your passports. It’s also useful to email yourself a folder of all these documents just in case the originals get lost or destroyed. Hedge your bets in case your baggage is lost by dividing both of your belongings between two suitcases. This way, if disaster strikes, at least you’ll have some of your essentials!
8. KNOW YOUR PLAN B
Delays happen. Keep your new marriage a happy one by preparing for unexpected delays. Bring some snacks a couple extra books, magazines, crossword puzzles, or movies to tide you over for a few extra hours. Be sure to bring extra batteries and chargers to keep you and your gadgets energised for the long trip.
9. STAY OFF THE GRID
Leave computers and tablets in the room. Your honeymoon is a rare and special moment in your life when it’s just the two of you. Unplug, turn off your cell, and savour every moment together. Of course, part of the fun of traveling these days is sharing photos while you’re on the go. My tip is to keep your phone on airplane mode for the whole trip, that way it really is just the two of you – and you can only share photos whilst on the WiFi in your room.