An idyllic honeymoon is the ideal antidote to residual wedding planning stress. But forgetting to pack the essentials can transform an otherwise serene experience into one fraught with anxiety and mishaps. From sudden storms to sunburns, your honeymoon may complicate your quest for tranquillity in any number of ways — unless you're adequately prepared. Read on for the six things honeymooners often forget to pack for their post-nuptial getaway (but shouldn't!).
1. Medications You Might Not Be Able to Find at Your Destination
Unless you wish to spend several hours of your honeymoon attempting to explain to a Parisian pharmacist that you're searching for the French equivalent of Pepto-Bismol, it is best to bring an arsenal of essential medicines on your honeymoon. Pain relieving tablets, sour stomach remedies, antihistamines, and antiseptic ointment are a good base to build upon.
2. Emergency Form of Communication (and an Emergency Fund)
In all likelihood, your honeymoon will be an utterly romantic adventure that offers little in the way of conflict or trouble aside from the odd lost luggage item or cancelled reservation. However, every bride should tuck away an emergency form of communication and an emergency fund into her trunk for safekeeping. Though a prepaid cell phone and an envelope of cash may not be the first items that spring to mind when preparing for a honeymoon, they may be a saving grace in case of a crisis.
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3. Your Health and Medical Insurance
Packing your passport and driver's license is imperative when traveling abroad, but insurance cards are equally essential, whether carried in their original form or photocopied.
4. Clothing and Footwear That are Utilitarian and Chic
Your first inclination may be to cram your carry-on with elegant stiletto pumps, figure-flattering frocks that are tailored for a close fit, and other wears that are aesthetically-pleasing but ultimately uncomfortable. Leave your painful pumps and movement-restricting ensembles for another occasion and pack items that encourage exploration and ease.
5. Electronics Chargers Suited to Your Honeymoon Location
Even if you choose to embrace a low-tech honeymoon, the knowledge that your phone, computer, or camera is fully charged in case of emergency will help keep stress at bay. In addition, locating chargers tailored to your honeymoon destination once you arrive is a hassle best dealt with before your departure.
6. Hearty, Non-Perishable Snacks
The last item you may think to squeeze into an already-stuffed suitcase is a healthy snack; after all, airports and resorts are nothing if not replete with food. However, a sudden hankering for something satisfying or an interminable layover at a small local airport requires more prescience than simply assuming your dietary needs will be met at any time of the day or night. Think ahead and pack a snack.