It’s the week of your wedding and suddenly it hits you. You haven’t packed for your honeymoon yet! Where do you start? How much do you pack? What do you pack? So many questions, so little time. Don’t stress. Rocky Mountain Bride has you covered with the ultimate honeymoon packing list! We’re breaking down what to bring and how to avoid overpacking, so you can simply run through the checklist and pack your bags in no time!
Passport: plus a copy in a secure place
Folder with printed boarding passes, hotel, car and tour reservations
For additional non-negotiables and other advice, check out our blog on honeymoon travel tips.
Items for any destinations:
Hat: Whether you pack a sun hat or a ball cap, a hat is great for site seeing and relaxing by the pool!
First Aid Kit: Essentials may be hard to find overseas or in more remote honeymoon destinations. It’s always smart to pack a small first aid kit and be prepared with items like headache/pain reliever medication, allergy medication, tampons, Band-Aids, blister Band-Aids, bug spray, sunscreen, aloe, and antibiotic ointment.
Tip: We love the handy build-your-own first-aid kits at Target!
Comfortable Walking Shoes: No matter the destination, comfortable walking shoes are a must for travel days, hikes, tours, sightseeing, and more.
Raincoat and Mini Umbrella: Weather can change at any moment!
Sweater or Light Jacket: Even if you’re going somewhere tropical, having a sweater or jean jacket for cooler evenings, restaurants with the AC cranked up, or an unexpected storm is never a bad idea.
Swimsuits: Swimsuits don’t take up too much space, so pack 2-3; if you’re going for an extended trip pack swimsuits that allow you to mix and match tops and bottoms for added variety without bogging down your suitcase.
Sleepwear: It’s your honeymoon – surprise your new spouse by packing a new nightie or lingerie set.
Sleep Mask: Sleep masks are great for getting rest on planes but also to help you adjust to different destinations and accommodations. For instance, Iceland has excess daylight for many months out of the year or your private villa may come with floor to ceiling windows that let it tons of natural light – even on mornings when you’d like to sleep in!
Books: Whether you pack a paperback or two or a Kindle, books are a great activity for travel days, pool days, or unwinding after a long day of exploration.
Purse: We recommend a crossbody or a cute mini backpack that can also be worn in the front to minimize the risk of pickpocketing. While it’s tempting, remember you don’t need a purse for every outfit. We recommend one bag that is versatile. Perhaps a neutral design so you can rock it to a fancy dinner but aren’t afraid if it gets a little worn during your excursions. If you insist on a fancier purse, opt for a cute clutch that doesn’t take up too much room in your suitcase.
Sunglasses: We recommend polarized lenses to protect your eyes on sunny excursions or days by the pool.
Travel Outfits: If you’ve got a long flight, there’s no need to dress your best. Wear something comfortable on the plane and be sure to pack a fresh travel outfit for the trip home.
Camera: Capture memories with a polaroid or quality digital camera!
It’s easy to overpack when you’re traveling to a new destination! We know you want to look and feel your best on your honeymoon, but overpacking can lead to overweight bag fees and the added hassle of lugging heavy luggage throughout your trip. Plus, you want to leave room for souvenirs! Here are a few tips to help you pack smartly.
Packing Cubes: Packing cubes are a lifesaver! Packing cubes will help keep all of your items organized and allow you to pack your bag efficiently. The cubes come with tips on what to put in each one so you pack smarter.
Laundry Service: Check ahead to see if the resort or hotel you’re staying at has laundry service! If so, use this to your benefit! Pack less and do a load of laundry halfway through the trip!
Jewelry: Pack versatile jewelry that you can wear with multiple outfits. We recommend avoiding packing too many valuables, which could get lost or stolen. Classic pearls or Kendra Scott drop earrings go with almost any outfit.
Pack Basics: We know you want to look your best, but packing solid basics will allow you to mix and match outfits! For instance, pack just one pair of jeans that can be worn with various tops! Save the bell-bottoms for a date night at home.
Dresses: Day dresses are great for shopping in town or enjoying happy hour at the resort bar, so we recommend packing two to three of these. To save space, pick dresses that can be dressed up or down or worn with the same pair of shoes or sandals. Shoes often take up the most space!
Evenings Out: Try to plan ahead! If you know you only have one nice dinner reservation, there’s no need to pack 4 outfit options. Check or call ahead for the dress code because you may not need to pack your 4-inch stilettos. Instead, rock an elegant white dress and glitzy sandals!
Now that you know what to pack, find your dream honeymoon destination in the Rocky Mountain Bride Honeymoon Collective.