Honeymoon Planning: What to Pack for a Tropical Getaway

Posted by Adam Warner

honeymoon_packing_guide_tropical.jpgWill you be taking your honeymoon to a tropical travel destination filled with swaying palm trees, relaxing infinity pools, and gorgeous white-sand beaches? If so, this is the ultimate packing guide for you. Equipped with this list, you'll know exactly what to bring and what to leave behind on your once-in-a-lifetime getaway.

Carry-On Bag

  • Airplane tickets, e-ticket confirmation, itinerary, and other essential travel forms
  • Driver's license or passport or visa
  • Credit cards, debit cards, AAA cards, and pre-paid calling cards
  • Money and traveler's checks
  • Vaccination forms (if necessary)
  • Prescriptions and other key medicines (such as aspirin)
  • Change of clothing plus a light sweatshirt or sweater
  • Travel entertainment such as books, iPad, headphones, and magazines
  • Small toiletry kit (with toothbrush and toothpaste, brush/comb, and makeup)
  • Camera
  • Sunglasses
  • Any valuables like jewelry or a watch
  • Emergency contact list, including personal doctors and credit card providers
  • Copies of all credit cards, passports, prescriptions, licenses, and other essential documents
  • Home addresses of family/friends to send postcards
  • Reservation Confirmations (such as hotel, restaurant, activities, etc.)

Checked Bag for Tropical Destination (One Week)

  • 3-4 pairs of shoes: Comfy, athletic, upscale, and sandals
  • Up to 5 pairs of socks (mix athletic socks with light cotton dress socks)
  • Up to 7 pairs of underwear, 3-4 bras
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 2 pairs of pants (such as jeans, khakis, and slacks)
  • 1 pair of hiking pants (if hiking or trekking)
  • 1-2 belts
  • 2-3 skirts or dresses
  • 3-4 T-shirts
  • 3 blouses or tops for women; 3 polo shirts or dress shirts for men
  • Lingerie
  • 1 sports jacket
  • 1-2 swimsuits
  • Workout gear (e.g. shorts and shirt)
  • Evening jacket or pullover
  • Toiletries: Deodorant, hand/body cream, soap, face wash, shampoo/conditioner, razors and shaving cream, bug repellent, floss, sunscreen, lip balm, aloe vera, immunity support, and other personal hygiene items. Tip: To save space and reduce weight, purchase travel-size toiletry items.
  • Evening bag (for dinner and on the town) plus day bag (for guidebooks, food/drink, storage, hiking trips)
  • Electrical adapter (for international travel)
  • Camera essentials (memory cards, chargers, film, tripod)
  • Chargers for electronics
  • Travel resources (guidebooks, maps, language books)
  • Travel alarm clock
  • Travel umbrella or waterproof rain jacket
  • Travel medical kit: Includes Band-Aids, fiber supplements, diarrhea medicine, and more
  • Various plastic zip-lock bags (for storage and laundry)
  • TSA-Approved travel locks
  • Contacts and solution (plus travel case), if needed
  • Water bottle
  • Money belt (depending on your honeymoon destination(s) and itinerary)
  • Small travel journal
  • Beach hat or ball cap
  • Tote bag for beach/pool/souvenirs

Did we leave something off the list? Tell us on Facebook what else you'd bring on your tropical honeymoon getaway!

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