Let’s face it, in the last few weeks of planning your wedding it can feel as though you spend every waking moment finalizing last minute details and arrangements.
At this point daydreaming about your honeymoon can be a welcome escape. However, there is still one additional task you have to accomplish before you and your partner can race off to your balmy beach resort: packing
While I’ve definitely fell victim to over packing in the past, the last thing you want is to look at your suitcase and think: “I don’t have anything to wear”. But fear not darlings, below is a versatile wardrobe checklist, so you can quickly and easily pack for your tropical honeymoon.
Here are my tips and suggestions for a 10 day Tropical Honeymoon
If you have a rough idea of your itinerary, you can group outfits together based on activities. Also take into account weather conditions for that time of year.
The idea is to plan each day’s wardrobe and look to see where you can add or swop your accent piece/ basics/ accessories and shoes. You want to choose the items that can work well with at least two outfits.
Make sure you have appropriate wardrobe pieces to cover the following:
Casual / Lounging
Adventure / Outdoors
Beach / Poolside
Walk About / Exploring
Restaurants / Nightlife
Since poolside luxury and snorkelling adventures will most likely be on your list of activities, you don’t need to pack a lot. A plain white tee is slightly easier to purchase than a pair of comfy sneakers, so I suggest you start with the shoes.
Pick a pair of sneakers that will be comfy enough for hiking/adventure purposes. Include your favourite pair of sandals that will go with most of your wardrobe choices and pair of flip flops or beach sandals.
If possible, try and stick to a standard carry-on suite for yourself. That way you can keep your bag with you and avoid the risk of losing your luggage en route.
2 pairs or sandals, 1 pair of sneakers, 2 shorts, 2 vests, 3 tops, 1 tee, 1 long dress, 2 short dresses, 1 sarong, 1 bikini, 1 kaftan, 1 jean, 1 legging, 1 jersey.
Take me anywhere, and I promise you I’ll be cold, whether it’s during my flight, early morning or a sunset breeze, so make sure you add something to keep you warm and cosy.
From the items laid out, set an outfit aside to travel in for the duration of you flight.
If you plan on buying a few gifts and souvenirs, line you suitcase with an extra canvas bag. Alternatively you can ask your man to take along a backpack for day excursions and/or any items you plan on bringing back.
Most Airlines will let you carry on a second bag. Investing a large tote bag that you can use while going to the beach or while exploring the city, will enable you to carry on all your standard pursue item, including a good read, all your make-up, plus a sealed zipper bag for valuables. You can also put a small evening bag in for a night out.
While I prefer to pack mini versions of my favourite toiletries in 100ml containers, most hotels provide shampoo, conditioner, body wash and a hair dryer. Try and leave the big items that you know your hotel will provide.
One of my favourite little fashion tricks is to remove wrinkles from clothing using the hotel hair dryer. It only takes a minute or two and works like a charm, every time.
Do however pack in a little something special and lovely to wear at night. After all, it is your honeymoon.