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A Guy’s Guide to Packing for Your Honeymoon

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The wed­ding is com­ing up in a cou­ple of weeks and the last thing you want to think about it pack­ing for your hon­ey­moon (even if that is the part you’re most look­ing for­ward to). Of course, there are so many dif­fer­ent loca­tions you could be going and dif­fer­ent sea­sons, so we’re pro­vid­ing you with a gen­er­al check­list for every­thing you need for your hon­ey­moon.

Clothes

Casu­al wear: There’s a pret­ty good chance that no mat­ter where you go, you’re going to have some down­time. Not every meal is going to be super fan­cy, not every after­noon is going to be planned. So bring a few casu­al out­fits: shorts (if it’s warm where you’re going), jeans, tees, etc.

Every­day wear: These are the kind of out­fits you’ll wear to a casu­al lunch or dur­ing a tour, etc. Shorts and jeans can still apply, just make sure you have the appro­pri­ate footwear and shirts. This real­ly depends on what kind of trip you’re going on, too. Look at what kind of excur­sions or tours you’re going to be doing.

For­mal wear: Unless you are going to the opera or some black-tie event, for­mal wear usu­al­ly is just “pret­ty nice.” A suit, at most, but often this can just be slacks and a nice shirt, maybe a blaz­er. You need to have a cou­ple nice shirts with you no mat­ter what, but for any­thing more, again, look to your itin­er­ary.

bride and groom in blue suit on beach

Swimwear: Even if you’re not going to the beach, there’s a pret­ty good chance that your hotel will have a pool. Even if not, it’s always a good idea to have a swim­suit just in case.

Activewear: This is espe­cial­ly impor­tant if you’re going hik­ing or some oth­er stren­u­ous out­door activ­i­ty. Plus, if it’s your thing, you may want to work­out at your hotel gym while on vaca­tion.  

Shoes: Again, this depends on where you’re going and what you’re doing, but, gen­er­al­ly, we rec­om­mend hav­ing one pair each of flip flops/sandals, sneakers/walking shoes, casu­al shoes and for­mal shoes. Plus, don’t for­get your socks.

Lay­ers: If you’re going some­where oth­er than the Caribbean, it’s a good idea to pack lay­ers, espe­cial­ly if you’re trav­el­ing dur­ing an off­sea­son. A light jack­et or pullover that can be put on over just about any­thing. Plus, a mix of shorts and pants and long sleeve shirts and short sleeves.

Pack­ing Tip: Bring clothes that you can mix and match or wear again to min­i­mize how much you need to pack. For exam­ple, you don’t need four pairs of jeans; you can wear a pair or two mul­ti­ple times and be fine. And maybe your favorite but­ton-down can be worn casu­al­ly with kha­ki shorts or look a bit nicer with slacks. This is also where lay­ers come in handy.

bride and groom in navy suit on beach

Toiletries

We know you know how to pack your toi­letries, but if you want a lit­tle instruc­tion here’s a list:

  • Tooth­brush and tooth­paste
  • Shav­ing gear
  • Skin­care neces­si­ties
  • Sham­poo, con­di­tion­er, show­er gel
  • Deodor­ant and cologne 
  • Comb/brush and hair prod­ucts
  • Sun­screen, tan­ning lotion
  • Any med­ica­tion you take, plus gen­er­al pain reliev­er, cold med­i­cine, etc.
  • Any­thing else that you include in your dai­ly rou­tine 

Other

Elec­tron­ics: Cell phone and charg­er, for sure. Lap­top and charg­er, if you think you will need it (but we don’t rec­om­mend bring­ing it). Cam­era. Head­phones. 

Oth­er wear­ables: Hat or visor. Watch and oth­er jew­el­ry. Sun­glass­es.

Read­ing mate­r­i­al: A book, eRead­er, mag­a­zine, etc.

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