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Packing: Master Honeymoon Checklist

Photo: Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau

When it comes to packing for your honeymoon, you can never be too prepared, right? Not so! Tote too much, and an unwieldy bag will bog you down. Take too little, and you end up buying what you didn't bring. The solution? Our bare-bones honeymoon packing checklist will keep you covered for emergencies and help you sail through your honeymoon with ease. (Note: Buy *travel-sized* items whenever possible.)

Must-haves:

  • Airline tickets or e-ticket confirmation
  • Passport/visas/driver's license
  • Credit cards (take only those you'll need)
  • Hotel/theater reservation fax confirmations
  • Traveler's checks
  • Two sets of photocopies of all of the above, plus a photocopy of related medical and/or trip insurance coverage and prescriptions (carry one set with you, leave one in the hotel room)
  • Phone numbers for your doctor, house/cat sitter, and credit card companies (in case your cards are lost or stolen)
  • Prescription medicine (in the original bottle)
  • Contraception
  • Travel locks (combination lock recommended -- no key to lose!) and ID tags for luggage (inside and out)
  • Camera

Her Stash for a Week (tweak for destination, activities, season):

  • 1 pair jeans or khakis (for cold airports and the plane)
  • 1 light jacket or pullover (take one that can be tied around the waist or stuffed in a backpack)
  • 1 nice sundress
  • 1 little black dress
  • 1 cardigan (for chilly restaurants)
  • 4 play shirts (T-shirts, tank tops, short-sleeve button-downs)
  • 2 pairs shorts
  • 2 swimsuits (bikini for the beach, one-piece for water sports)
  • 1 swimsuit cover-up
  • 1 pair walking shoes/sandals
  • 1 pair evening shoes/sandals
  • 1 evening purse
  • Extra socks and underwear
  • Bras (strapless and otherwise)
  • Accessories (scarves and jewelry to "stretch" your wardrobe)

His Stash for a Week (tweak for destination, activities, season):

  • 1 pair jeans or khakis
  • 1 pair nice slacks
  • 1 light jacket or pullover (take one that can be tied around the waist or stuffed in a backpack)
  • 4 play shirts (T-shirts or short-sleeve button-downs)
  • 2 pairs shorts
  • 2 polo or button-down short-sleeve shirts
  • 1 sports jacket (for nicer restaurants)
  • 1 swimsuit
  • 1 pair walking shoes/sandals
  • 1 pair lace-ups
  • Extra socks and underwear

Pack Here -- Don't Buy There:

  • Insect repellent (and anti-itch cream for the bugs that break through)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat or baseball cap
  • Aloe vera
  • Band-Aids
  • Aspirin
  • Antacid
  • Antihistamine
  • Diarrhea medicine
  • Motion sickness medicine
  • Tampons/pads (they can be hard to find outside the U.S. and are a non-negotiable must-have when you need them!)
  • Paperback books (you can leave them in the hotel library once you've read)
  • Deck of cards
  • Canvas tote bag for beach or pool (also good for carrying souvenirs home)
  • Guidebook
  • Electrical converter/adapter

Bathroom Basics:

  • Travel-size toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Deodorant
  • Cosmetics
  • Make-up remover
  • Cotton balls and swabs
  • Comb/brush
  • Hair gel/spray
  • Nail file/clippers
  • Shaving cream
  • Razors
  • Contact lens and re-wetting solution, storage case
  • Hair accessories

Optional Items (your hotel may provide):

  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Body lotion
  • Hair dryer
  • Shower cap
  • Alarm clock

Handy Extras:

  • Extra pair of glasses/contacts, asthma inhaler, and the like
  • Ziplock bags (all sizes; use for packing wet swimsuits or protecting camera and film when it rains)
  • Earplugs
  • Sewing kit
  • Shout Wipes (instant stain-treater towelettes)
  • Anti-bacterial liquid or lotion
  • Visine
  • Waist pack (to keep money handy and in sight)
  • Small backpack(s) for day excursions and impromptu picnics
  • 1 pair old sneakers or Keds that can get wet or ruined (if you're traveling to the tropics)
  • 1 pair workout sneakers and 2-3 workout outfits if you plan on visiting the resort's gym or jogging on the beach
  • Swiss Army knife
  • Compact umbrella or rain ponchos

Leave Behind With Family or Friends:

  • Your itinerary and hotel phone numbers
  • Photocopies of your passport, credit cards, and traveler's check receipts
  • A sealed copy of your wills, life insurance-policy numbers, and pertinent financial info

-- Lori Seto

See More: Honeymoon Basics