Even though we've all had romantic daydreams about how fantastic our honeymoon will be someday, it seems to be the one aspect of the wedding that many of brides completely put off planning until the very last minute. For some, it's budget-related because they have to know what they owe for their wedding before they can splurge on a trip. But others are just procrastinators who don't realize how stressed-out they'll be if they don't plan their honeymoon packing ahead of time.
While there's certainly no rule that you have to take a suitcase of brand-new clothing on your honeymoon, you'll want to bring some new and special things to help make the trip even more memorable. And we're not just talking about lingerie. (Though, you should pack some.)
Your packing list will be determined, to a great extent, by where you're going to honeymoon. If you're headed off on a ski adventure in the Alps, half of your luggage will be ski gear. A bride packing for a honeymoon at a tropical resort might not need as much luggage as she thinks because itty bitty swimsuits and sundresses don't take up nearly as much room.
In addition to the basics, you should also include the following items on your honeymoon packing list:
1. A Special Outfit to Wear to Dinner the First Night
Kick off your vacation and celebrate your love while looking your best.
2. Special Lingerie to Surprise Your New Spouse With the First Night
If you really want to spice things up, you can also bring some additional sexy things to accompany the lingerie.
3. Perfume and Bath Gel That You Wore for Your Wedding
Special scents help establish really wonderful memories.
4. A Music Playlist of Your Favorite Tunes as a Couple
Have this all set to go on your phone, and make sure to bring a little speaker you can connect to and take with you to the beach...or to bed.
5. A Small Collapsible Cooler
This is for keeping a few bottles cold (water, beer, champagne, for example) in your room or when you go adventuring, if your accommodations don't provide something for you to use.
6. Reading Material—for Both of You
If you know what your fiancé's favorite magazines are or notice a new book out by their favorite author, pick up something to entertain them as well.
7. Birth Control
If you're going someplace remote, there may not be a major drugstore chain handy. (Ever wonder how so many people accidentally start a family on their honeymoon?)
8. A Special Outfit to Wear the Last Night of Your Honeymoon
You're going to take a million pictures, might as well look cute while doing so.
9. Surprise Lingerie for the Last Night That Makes It as Special as Your First Night
We have some options for you right here.
10. An Outfit to Travel Home In
Keep in mind the climate where you'll be landing. Nothing is worse than freezing to death while waiting at the airport for a taxi in sandals.
Meet the Expert
Sandy Malone is the owner of Sandy Malone Weddings & Events, a wedding planning service based in Maryland, and the author of How to Plan Your Own Destination Wedding.