Honeymoon 101: Do’s and Don’ts of Packing

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At last, you are finally a Mrs.

You have traipsed down the aisle of San Agustin Church, said your respective I dos, uttered your vows for each other, kissed your groom and toasted to the rest of what your future wedded life may bring. And now, here comes the fun and relatively most awaited part, the honeymoon. Chances are, amidst all the last minute wedding preparations, hubbub and hustle and bustle, you may have compartmentalized arranging for the preparations for your honeymoon, but now that the wedding is behind you, it would be a good idea to know what to do—especially when it comes to packing.

Depending on how long you and your new hubby are spending your honeymoon holiday, your packing essentials can be a multitude of varied articles and items. The items you pack would also largely depend on what kind of honeymoon trip you both are going to, but regardless of these two factors, there are some cardinal rules you should be aware of when it comes to packing. To make sure your first trip as a couple goes smoothly, and to assure that you have adequately packed for it, here are a few do’s and don’ts you ought to know when you begin packing.

1.) DON’T WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE

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This is probably self-explanatory, but most couples would put off packing until after the wedding. This is not necessarily a bad thing if you have at least a couple of days or a week before you go on your honeymoon, but most couples would already be travelling to their honeymoon destination a day after their wedding. If this is the case, it is best if you packed a week prior your scheduled departure as this will prevent you from leaving anything that may be important. This will also effectively prevent stressing you out before your scheduled trip.

2.) DO LABEL YOUR LUGGAGE

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This is imperative for any time that you are traveling. There is a big chance that someone else is going to have a similar suitcase to yours, and if you do not adequately mark yours with something unique, you might just end up losing your honeymoon luggage before even arriving at your destination. Deter other travelers from mistaking your bag as theirs by marking the outside with something unique so that you would not lose them.

3.) DON’T OVERPACK

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Your enthusiasm and excitement for your honeymoon trip may be boundless but that does not mean that you should over pack. Though it may be true to come well-prepared, there is no need to go overboard. Consider that big and heavy bags are a pain to travel with and are unnecessary more often than not. Travelling light would expedite your boarding process and would definitely make it easier for you and your spouse.

4.) DO MAKE PHOTOCOPIES OF IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS

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Passports, visas, ID’s and credit cards—make sure you have at least two copies of each. Bring one with you and leave the other behind so that should you ever lose anything essential to you such as your purse, wallet or have any of these stolen, you would still be well equipped with the information needed in order to get replacements.

5.) DON’T BRING BULKY TOILETRIES

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Necessary toiletries such as toothpaste and deodorants come in travel-friendly sizes, and if they do not, then it is best if you buy these only when you have arrived at your destination. Make sure it does not take up too much space in your travel bag and have them easily accessible so that it will be a breeze to transport it around.

6.) DO HAVE A DAYPACK OR BACKPACK

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This is a bag that is filled with essential items you would need for day activities such as city walking tours, hiking treks, beach strolling, etc. A backpack would conveniently store hefty items such as chargers, cameras and water bottles that would be easily accessible should you have this with you. Additionally, it is wise to keep important documents such as confirmations, reservations, and itineraries with you at all times.

7.) DON’T SPEND TIME ON SOCIAL MEDIA

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Disconnect from Facebook and Twitter for the entire duration of your honeymoon and spend this time to be closer to each other. The photos and witty messages you would want to upload can wait until the last day or when you get back. This is your honeymoon, immerse yourself in the moment and pay attention to your spouse.

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