The Ultimate Honeymoon Packing Checklist for Couples

Honeymoon Checklist

PHOTO BY MAYA MARÉCHAL

When it comes time to prep for your honeymoon, figuring out what to pack can be a struggle. You'll want to be ready for every picture-perfect moment without having to drag giant suitcases with you everywhere. That’s why we’ve pulled together the end-all-be-all packing list for a one-week excursion. Add on for additional days, take away for less, and head into your trip knowing you’ve packed everything you need for the experience of a lifetime.

What to Pack in Your Carry-On Luggage

Make sure your essentials are in your carry-on so that they are easily accessible (and to be safe in the event your luggage happens to get lost). If it’s not on this list, you have the green light to pack it in your checked luggage.

  • Passport/driver’s license
  • Credit cards (make sure to inform your bank of your travel plans!)
  • Cash
  • 1 paper copy of all travel documents (see the “essentials” list below)
  • Prescription medications
  • Basic toiletries (face wash, toothbrush/toothpaste, deodorant)
  • At least one change of clothes
  • Cell phone and charger (and adaptor if leaving the country)
  • E-reader and charger (or books and magazines)
  • Deck of cards
  • Earplugs, neck pillow, and eye mask (optional but helpful!)

In addition to packing your must-haves, consider giving a copy of your itinerary, passport, and check-in/check-out dates to a trusted friend or family member.

Essentials You Can’t Forget

Here's everything you absolutely can’t get by without bringing. As for paper copies of documents: Always keep one of the copies on you (in your carry-on, pocket, purse, etc), and one in your checked luggage/in the hotel. This is an extra safety measure to ensure you have everything you need to get home and still have a blast, should your important cards or electronics go missing.

  • Your ID/Driver’s license
  • Your passport (if leaving the country)
  • Luggage tags
  • Credit cards (only the ones you’ll use and an extra)
  • Cash
  • Booking confirmations in an easy to access spot in your phone
  • 2 paper copies of booking confirmations (hotels, restaurants, attractions)
  • 2 paper copies of passport and ID
  • 2 paper copies of credit cards
  • 2 paper copies of travel itinerary
  • 2 paper copies of health insurance
  • 2 paper copies of travel insurance
  • 2 paper copies of prescriptions
  • Hard and electronic copies of doctor, house/pet sitter, credit card, and health insurance phone numbers (in case your cards or phone gets stolen) 
  • Camera (if you plan to use one other than your phone) 
  • Electrical converter and/or adapter

Toiletries

  • Prescription medications (in the original bottles) 
  • Asthma inhaler (if needed)
  • Band-aids
  • Pain reliever
  • Motion sickness medication
  • Antacids
  • Antihistamine
  • Diarrhea medicine
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sunblock
  • Bug spray
  • Anit-itch ointment 
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Hairstyling products (if applicable)
  • Hair ties
  • Hairbrush or comb
  • Lip balm
  • Tweezers
  • Cotton swabs
  • Floss
  • Nail file
  • Soap or body wash
  • Face wash
  • makeup remover
  • Skincare products (bring only the essentials—now isn’t the time for your 10-step system)
  • Lotion for body and face
  • Razors
  • Shaving cream
  • Deodorant
  • Glasses, contact lenses, lens solution, contacts case (and extras, just in case!)
  • Eye drops
  • Birth control and condoms

Clothing for Her

  • 1 pair of jeans that can be dressed up or down
  • 1 pair of leggings
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 1 light jacket
  • 1 little black dress
  • 1 sundress that can be dressed up or down
  • 1 cardigan/sweater
  • 4 casual shirts (tees or tanks)
  • 2 swimsuits
  • 1 swimsuit cover-up
  • 1 pair of sneakers
  • 1 pair of walking shoes or sandals 
  • 1 pair of evening shoes or nice sandals
  • 1 dressy purse or clutch
  • 8 pairs of underwear
  • Bras (strapless, sports, and otherwise)
  • 2-3 pairs of everyday socks
  • Extra socks and underwear
  • Pajamas/sleepwear
  • Accessories (scarves, earrings, or necklaces)
  • 1-2 hats (sun and/or ball)
  • Sunglasses
  • Special lingerie

Clothing for Him

  • 1 pair of jeans
  • 1 pair of khakis
  • 1 pair dress pants
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 4 T-shirts
  • 1 light jacket
  • 1-2 polos or button-down short-sleeve shirts
  • 1-2 long sleeve button-downs
  • 1 sports jacket for nice restaurants
  • 1 swimsuit
  • 1 pair of sneakers
  • 1 pair of walking shoes or sandals
  • 1 pair of dress shoes 
  • 8 pairs of underwear
  • 2-3 pairs of everyday socks
  • 1 pair of dress socks
  • Extra socks and underwear
  • Pajamas/sleepwear
  • 1 tie
  • 1 hat (sun or ball)
  • Sunglasses

Miscellaneous Extras

  • Wedding day perfume
  • A rockin’ playlist
  • Ziplock bags (all sizes for things like packing wet/dirty clothes)
  • Tide pen 
  • Small backpack(s)/fanny pack for day excursions
  • 1 pair of old sneakers you're willing to get ruined
  • Workout attire if you plan on hitting the gym
  • Swiss Army knife (make sure to pack this in your checked luggage)
  • Compact umbrella/rain gear
  • Tote bag for beach or pool (and for carrying souvenirs home)

Location-Specific Items

Beach/Resort/Cruise

  • One-piece suit for watersports
  • Additional coverups/sarongs
  • Beach towels (if not provided)
  • Aloe

Safari/Adventure

  • Binoculars
  • Outdoor/athletic pants
  • Extra socks and underwear (in case you get sweaty!)
  • Sturdy walking/hiking shoes
  • Small flashlight
  • Additional medications (speak to your doctor concerning the region you’re going)

Cold Weather/Ski

  • Heavy jackets
  • Sweaters
  • Mittens or gloves
  • Hats, headbands, or earmuffs
  • Waterproof snow pants
  • Long underwear, leggings, or other thermal layers
  • Scarves or neck warmers
  • Waterproof socks
  • Boots
  • Ski equipment (if applicable)
  • Rich moisturizer/cream
  • Heavy lip balm
  • Hand warmers

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