As your wedding weekend comes to a close, there’s nothing more romantic than jetting off on your honeymoon with your new spouse. Whether you’re off to the mountains, the beach, or a chain of islands, you’re probably more than ready to soak in the beautiful sights and activities of your location.
In all the excitement of the wedding planning, though, you may not have given too much thought to what to bring beyond the basics. With that in mind, we've put together the ultimate honeymoon packing list. It covers all the essentials you’ll need for the plane ride, dinners at the resort restaurant, exciting adventures, romantic nights in your suite, and more.
Below is everything you’ll need to pack in your checked luggage and carry-on for throughout your getaway. Plus, checklists inspired by different locations and honeymoon activities.
Note: Be sure to adjust the amounts of each item depending on the length of your stay. Also, consider the style of your accommodation and check for any dress code requirements.
Before diving head-first into our pre-made packing list, there are a few things you should be reminded of. We know, packing is generally very straightforward. However, since your honeymoon will likely take place soon after your wedding, planning and packing for it can end up being a bit more stressful. To ensure that you're best prepared, review the following before making your packing list.
Start by looking at a comprehensive honeymoon packing list. Lucky for you, we've created that just below! You'll find packing essentials not only for your carry-on and checked luggage, but for specific locations and activities.
That being said, try not to go overboard. You probably won't require every single item on this (or any other) packing list. Treat this packing list as a jumping off point, meant to be personalized and trimmed down for you and your trip.
Pack items that are versatile. Rather than packing multiple outfits per day (or even one per day) to be worn once, most of your clothing should be able to be washed and worn at least a couple times. This should prevent some hassle and save you a decent amount of luggage space.
Triple check that you included crucial items. Especially things that can't be easily replaced when you reach your destination. We're talking any and all medications (including over-the-counter), personal hygiene products, contact lenses, and the like.
Although it's probably the part you're least looking forward to, get your documents in order early. We recommend doing this before your wedding, so nothing gets lost in post-party exhaustion or the flurry of packing everything else you'll need. Don't forget copies of important documents and cards, all of which are listed just below.
Whether you're planning on traveling domestically or internationally, there are at least a couple important documents you're going to need. Try to start getting these together a few months before you're set to leave for your honeymoon (new passports take around 18 weeks to receive). As you put them together, keep them in a special folder that you'll be able to fit in your carry-on.
Your carry-on bag should contain small items you may want to access while on the plane (or train, or automobile), as well as medications and valuables you want on-hand. This lowers your chances of losing them in transit and ensures you're comfortable on the way to your vacation spot.
Your checked luggage should include everything else you want and need to pack for your trip. This includes clothing and shoes, as well as hair tools, guidebooks, toiletries (more specifics on those after), and more.
Arguably, this is the hardest bag to pack. There's a lot to remember that—if you do end up forgetting—can be quite the bummer. Triple check this list as you create your own, then take special care to make sure you packed all you need.
Your packing list should be highly curated around your honeymoon destinations. Below we add some extras that will come in handy at the beach, in the snowy mountains, and out on adventures.
Last, but not least, we've gathered some essentials for various activities you may partake in while on your honeymoon trip. Take a look (or three) in preparation for all of the fun you have lined up.
Last, but not least, you need to prepare a few key things to leave behind. This may seem counterintuitive, but trust us, each makes perfect sense. These ensure that you stay safe and loved ones can get in contact with you during your trip, if need be.
We may sound repetitive, but it's worth noting once more: Be sure to keep your honeymoon's specific location, accommodations, trip duration, and any other important travel details top of mind as you pack for your honeymoon. Consider the places you'll be going, activities you'll be taking part in, and what you'll spend your time doing when putting your luggage together.