6 Things to Pack (and 3 things to Leave Behind) for your Destination Wedding
Making a trip for your destination wedding? Here is the perfect packing list – and what not to pack – for your big day!
Whether you’re the bride or groom or you are part of the party, packing for a destination wedding can be a daunting task. You want to pack enough that you don’t need to buy anything when you get there, but you don’t want to pack so much that you have to bring a ton of suitcases and pay for that much luggage.
Here is the ultimate list of must-haves and must-leave-behinds for your destination wedding trip!
What to Bring:
Clothes for the duration of the trip.
Destination weddings are the perfect opportunity to get all dressed up. Obviously you need to pack your wedding day attire, but you also need to plan outfits in accordance with how long you will be there. You should also consider how much extra partying or celebrating there will be before and after the wedding. The rehearsal dinner, a goodbye-brunch, going out in the days before the wedding, swimming in the pool or at the beach – think about how you want to look and be ready for any occasion.
The shoes you pack all depend on the location of the wedding. If you’re headed to a sandy beach for nuptials, you might want to reconsider your 6-inch-heels, and you better pack snow boots if you’re headed to a winter escape. Think about the activities in the wedding program and pack accordingly.
Power adapters or converters.
You might not realize it, but not everywhere has the same wall-plug design. Investing in a power converter is one of the best things you can do if you’re traveling.
Copies of your passports or visas.
The last disaster you want to deal with during a wedding is not being able to get back home. To ensure that you will not get stuck because of lost items, pack extra copies of any travel documents you need, such as passports, visas and birth certificates. Be sure to put them in a separate place than your passport.
Wedding documents if you are the bride or groom.
If you are the one getting married, you do not want to forget any documentation so that you can actually get married. This includes your marriage license, copies of vendor contracts and contact info, copies of your handwritten vows if you are doing that, and anything else you might need.
Depending on your specific needs and the location, you might need to pack other things. Here is a good list of reminders:
- Beach towels
- Sunscreen & Aloe Vera
- Camera & Charger
- Haircare tools (curling iron, straightener, etc)
What to Leave Behind:
Shampoos, Perfumes, Gels, other liquids more than 3.4 ounces (100 ML).
On planes and some other modes of transport, you are not allowed liquids that exceed 3.4 ounces (100 ML). You can buy them once you get to your destination, but don’t bother packing these unless you want to get held up at security. For more information on this, check out this Travel Checklist from the TSA.
Most nail kits include sharp objects, like metal nail files, nail clippers, and cuticle cutters. You can’t bring these on a plane, so leave it behind. Plan on buying one when you get there or go to a nail salon with some other bridesmaids or guests.
Large gifts for the bride and groom.
If you’re on your way to a destination wedding, you can probably leave the gift at home or send it in the mail later. No bride or groom wants to have to lug huge gifts on a plane after their wedding, so either ask them about where to mail it or give it to them at a later date.
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