The honeymoon

Planning for your big day takes a lot of time and energy and can often have you in a fog when it comes to anything other than your wedding. Too often this fog can have your honeymoon planning/packing overlooked once the destination is chosen and booked. This getaway for you and your new life partner should be a celebration for the two of you. It will be worth it in the end to spend a little extra time thinking through the details of the honeymoon.

The Planning

The planning for the honeymoon does not stop once you have the destination and flights booked. Every couple is different, so decide what type of honeymoon you are hoping for. Are you looking to relax, be adventurous, or do you want to be immersed into the culture? Need help deciding? Take this fun quiz to help narrow it down. Once you have figured out which type of getaway you and your spouse want (maybe it’s even a mixture), spend some time looking into all the amenities offered where you’re staying. Some resorts and hotels may offer you discounts or packages for their spa or local excursions. Appointments for these activities can book up fast, so do your research ahead of time to ensure you are able to do everything you both want to. 

The Packing

Getting your belongings together for your honeymoon is probably the last thing on your mind. However, it is important to make packing a priority. Start checking the weather for your destination a few weeks in advance. This will allow you to begin packing early and make sure you’re prepared for whatever the climate. Review the plans you booked previously to ensure you’re fully prepared. Do you need sneakers for your zip lining excursion? Or maybe formal wear for the restaurant you booked for dinner one night? 

Toiletries can be hard to pack early, so create a checklist for easy last minute packing. Start with the basics: toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant and work your way through your routine. Do you use cologne, serums and other products daily that you might want to have? Then think first aid, because you want to be over prepared and not forget something that could potentially ruin your trip. Put together your own first-aid kit similar to this one. You can include you own medications that you and your spouse take daily or when needed. Make sure you have enough for the whole trip and refill prescriptions if needed. Don’t forget the basics like ibuprofen, multivitamins, sunscreen, and aloe (if you’re going to a tropical location). Lastly consider the one-off situations that you might not normally think about. It might be a good idea to pack some Sildenafil, just in case! 

The Travel

You are now officially married, your bags are packed and you’re ready to continue the celebration of your nuptials. Time to put all your planning and preparation into action. Have transportation set up to drop you off and pick you up at the airport so you don’t have to worry about leaving your car there while you’re away. Keep your documentation (ticket, I.D, passport, trip itinerary, etc.) easily accessible and protected in your carry on. You also want to make sure you’re comfortable, especially if you have a long flight. If you get motion sick, make sure to take medicine so you aren’t nauseous. Wear something comfy and maybe even pack a neck pillow so you can take a nap. If you get nervous on planes, bring a magazine or some music to keep yourself occupied.  Once you get to your destination, don’t forget to document your trip through photos to help save those awesome memories. ​

The ceremony and reception are beautiful ways to celebrate being married with close friends and family. But your honeymoon is a time for just the two of you to reflect, celebrate and enjoy your new marriage. By simply making the planning and preparation of your honeymoon a priority, you’re sure to have an amazing trip and a great start to the new journey of your life together as married couple. ​

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