What Every Groom Needs to Know About Packing for the Honeymoon

After so many months of stress and worry leading up to the wedding, you will surely be ready to get away to that romantic honeymoon you have planned. It seems like every day something new cropped up that needed to be dealt with and your fiancé was beside herself with fear that something would go wrong. Already the caterer backed out and the band you wanted to play at the reception was already booked for that night.

It seems like there was an obstacle at every turn but now that you’ve got all that worked out, it’s time to catch your breath and plan for what comes next. That would be your long-awaited honeymoon. Here are a few tips to help you pack so that you bring everything you need and are in for no more surprises.

When to Pack

Before going any further, it is important that you don’t put off packing until the last minute. Also, if you are ordering anything online, make sure to do so early enough to have it in hand and ready to be packed as soon as possible.

For example, you’ve planned your honeymoon on the Big Island of Hawaii. You know you’ll be doing a bit of walking so you’ve ordered Balmain White & Black leather court sneakers that will be comfortable enough to wear on all-day hikes. You learned to shop Balmain SSENSE for the styles you want and know that their shipping policies are strictly adhered to. If you’re going to start off walking from a luxury resort or getting in a game or two of tennis at the court, you might as well do so at the height of fashion!

Start with a Checklist

But lest we get ahead of ourselves, the important thing to do is start with a checklist. Begin by listing all the reservations you’ve already made so that you can be prepared with the proper attire. For example, if you have reservations at a 5-star jacket and tie restaurant, you will definitely want to add those things to your packing list. The same holds true of any activities or reservations on your itinerary.

Your checklist might look something like this:

  • Formal jacket
  • Tie
  • Dress shirt
  • Dress pants
  • Dress shoes
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Sleepwear
  • Swimsuit
  • Sandals
  • Shorts
  • Khakis
  • Jeans
  • T-shirts
  • Sunglasses

And of course, you can add anything else that would be required for the length of stay on your honeymoon.

What Not to Pack

There are some things which would be a waste of time and space trying to pack for a luxury resort. You surely won’t need bath towels or toiletries because these will assuredly be provided by the hotel. Since you are going to be in Hawaii, you won’t need a heavy coat or jacket, but you might need a lightweight rain jacket, depending on the time of year you go. There are some things you will need specific to the region you will be going to for your honeymoon, so don’t forget to check weather forecasts going out a couple weeks. In other words, there is no reason to pack anything you won’t be needing such as sunscreen because that will be readily available on location as well.

How to Pack

One of the things you may want to invest in is a suit travel bag. You certainly won’t want to pack formal attire in a suitcase containing shoes and any other items that will wrinkle your perfectly laundered and pressed jacket, shirt and pants. These should always be carried on separately. It is recommended that you place heavy or bulky items at the bottom of your suitcase and if the shoes you are bringing have been worn, take the time to clean them up a bit and place them in a plastic bag. Learning how to pack is half the battle. If done correctly, you can fit most, if not all, of what you are bringing in just one single piece of luggage.

Wrapping It Up

To wrap it up, no pun intended, make sure you are packed at least several days prior to your wedding day. You certainly don’t want to be worrying about whether or not you have enough underwear or socks and you don’t want to be shopping for a tie at the last minute. You’ll need those last few days to get ready for the big event, so don’t spend them worrying about anything you could have seen to way earlier.

Always make sure you have adequate luggage early on as well. Once you have your list you will have a fairly good estimate of how much space you’ll need. The earlier you take care of these little details, the more time you’ll have to enjoy your long-awaited wedding day.

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