The party is over, and now it's time for some rest and relaxation with the love of your life. Hopefully you've stuck a few Band-Aids on those post-wedding dance floor blisters and downed a few Advil from the after-party headache that may be lingering. As you board the plane to take off for your first post-wedding adventure, be sure to bring along some essentials items that will make your honeymoon that much better. Here are six things we recommend you pack with you in your carryon bag.
1. Thank-You Cards
While it's not good to do this throughout your trip, if you're taking a long flight across the ocean, use some of the time on the flight to write your thank-you cards. Pack the cards and a list of names, and you may even get them done before you land. If you're going to another country for your trip, you may need to wait until you get home to mail them — since postage will definitely be more expensive abroad!
2. Wedding Photos
Ask your photographer to send over some proofs of photos from the wedding. Take the flight to reminisce about the best moments of the wedding, and take a look through the photos of all of your guests and family members.
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3. A List of Vendors
If you want to write your vendors a thank you letter or an online review, you can use the plane ride to check this off your to-do list!
4. A Good Neck Pillow
Use the time to relax and take a much deserved and well-needed snooze. A wedding is an amazing (and exhausting) experience, so your body will need some TLC.
5. What's Left of Your Bridal Survival Kit
You may need an extra pack of Advil or even a hair tie or two during the trip, so pack the survival kit that's left over from your wedding in your carry-on bag. Be sure to leave any liquids or sharp objects (like a razor) at home and just take what's left.
6. Lots of Snacks
Your post-wedding appetite will pick up after all the fanfare has died down, which makes packing as many snacks as you can essential for your trip. A mixture of healthy and satisfying sweet or savory snacks will help you coast (and not be cranky!) during your travels.
Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates."