Your Master Honeymoon Packing Checklist

Don't forget to pack these essentials for your postwedding getaway.
by The Knot
Packing for your honeymoon
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When it comes to packing for your honeymoon, it actually is possible to be over-prepared. Tote too much and an unwieldy bag will weigh you down. Take too little and you'll end up regretting leaving something behind or 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.

Must-Haves

  • Airline tickets (printed or on your phone) or e-ticket confirmations
  • Passport, visas, driver's license
  • Credit cards (take only those you'll need)
  • Any reservation confirmations (like hotels, restaurants and events) not available electronically
  • 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 or pet sitter and credit card companies (in case your cards are lost or stolen)
  • Prescription medicine (in the original bottle)
  • Birth control and condoms 
  • ID tags for luggage (inside and out)
  • Camera (if you plan to bring one other than your phone)

Her Stash for a Week (Tweak for Destination, Activities and Season)

  • 1 pair jeans, pants or leggings (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 casual shirts (T-shirts or tank tops)
  • 2 pairs shorts
  • 2 swimsuits (bikini for the beach, one-piece for water sports)
  • 1 swimsuit cover-up
  • 1 pair sneakers
  • 1 pair walking shoes or sandals
  • 1 pair evening shoes or sandals
  • 1 evening purse or clutch
  • Extra socks and underwear
  • Bras (strapless and otherwise)
  • Accessories (scarves, hats and jewelry to add variety to a limited wardrobe)

His Stash for a Week (Tweak for Destination, Activities and 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 casual shirts (T-shirts or tanks)
  • 2 pairs shorts
  • 2 polo or button-down short-sleeve shirts
  • 1 sports jacket (for nicer restaurants)
  • 1 swimsuit
  • 1 pair sneakers
  • 1 pair walking shoes or 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 and/or pads (they can be hard to find outside the US and are a non-negotiable must-have when you need them)
  • Paperback books (you can leave them in the hotel library once you've finished them)
  • Deck of cards
  • Canvas tote bag for beach or pool (also good for carrying souvenirs home)
  • Guidebook
  • Electrical converter and/or adapter

Bathroom Basics

  • Travel-size toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Deodorant
  • Cosmetics
  • Makeup remover
  • Cotton balls and swabs
  • Comb and/or brush
  • Hair gel or spray
  • Nail file and/or clippers
  • Shaving cream
  • Razors
  • Contact lenses, re-wetting solution and 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 and/or contacts
  • Asthma inhaler
  • Ziplock bags (all sizes; use for packing wet swimsuits or protecting camera and film when it rains)
  • Earplugs
  • Sewing kit
  • Tide pen 
  • Antibacterial liquid or lotion
  • Eye drops
  • Small backpack(s) for day excursions or impromptu activities
  • 1 pair old sneakers you're willing to get wet or ruined
  • 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 other rain gear

Leave Behind With Family or Friends

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