The vows have been declared, the cake’s been cut, and the songs have all been danced — it’s time to leap into the best part: your honeymoon! We want your first holiday together as newlyweds to as be memorable as possible, so we’ve rounded up our ten favourite must-pack items for your honeymoon beyond your passport and bikini.
1. Bedroom travel kit
For a romantic surprise, tuck a little kit of bedroom fun into your bag. Include goodies like kissable body oil, body cream and powder, a feather applicator to dust that body powder in all the right places, and a candle or two to set the mood. We fancy the ready-made kit from the Kama Sutra company. All you have to add is your imagination.
2. Books to read and share
Add some intellectual stimulation to your honeymoon by packing two books for you both to read and share. Each of you should choose a book you’ve been dying to read, and when you’re done, swap books and read your spouse’s pick. Discussing the books is a great way to get the cerebral stimulation and deep conversation flowing – intelligence is sexy! If you’re struggling for ideas, here’s a great list to get you started.
3. A custom playlist
The modern version of the mixtape, load up one of your devices with a fun or romantic playlist with your favourite songs, including those that got heavy rotation at your wedding. You’ll be able to relive all those fresh, fun wedding moments all honeymoon long.
4. Carry-on cocktail kit
An adorable carry-on cocktail kit from W&P Design is a fun addition to your packing list. Whether your jam is more an Old Fashioned, gin and tonic, or Bloody Mary, this is your ticket to whipping up the perfect drink mid-flight. Each kit contains everything you need — except the booze, get that from your flight attendant! — to mix up two tasty cocktails.
5. Silk robe or lingerie
Time to bust out those sexy silk underthings you were showered with at your bachelorette or bachelor party! There’s no better time to feel sexy and look luxurious than during your honeymoon, and lacy lingerie will get you there in no time. Let those silky PJs take you from nighttime to daytime: enjoy a late lounge and definitely order breakfast in bed for two.
6. Reusable water bottles
If you don’t already have these, get two reusable water bottles on your wedding registry ASAP! You’ll not only be doing something nice for Mother Nature by minimizing your use of plastic bottles, you’ll stay hydrated (and happy and healthy, too!) no matter where your honeymoon takes you. S’well bottles come in a wide range of colours and sizes, can be personalized, keep your beverages hot for 12 hours and cold for 24 hours, and the company is committed to donating to help provide clean water to vulnerable communities. We suggest picking up the S’well 25-oz bottle, which can hold an entire bottle of wine for those romantic honeymoon nights.
7. The Little Black Book of Kama Sutra
The Kama Sutra is a classic for a reason — the ancient Indian Hindu text is still referred to as the definitive guide to getting it on. The classic text has been updated for the modern lover in a small, easy to pack, discreet little black book perfect for spicing things up under the sheets.
8. Sun protection
Whether you’re planning a beach getaway or a city escape, sun protection is an often overlooked must. Sunscreen can be pricey and difficult to find when away from home, so packing it is the smartest option. A painful sunburn is a sure-fire — and completely preventable — way to derail your honeymoon. Besides, rubbing sunscreen on your honey is way sexier than slathering aloe vera on their beet-red skin. Pack a hat, pack sunglasses, pack plenty of sunscreen, and have some fun under those sunny skies!
Keep up the loving vibes by writing each other love letters throughout your honeymoon (and beyond). Pack a small notebook (or even just a stack of Post-It notes) and a nice pen, and write each other daily love letters. After the honeymoon, you’ll be able to look back on these sweet words for years to come to reignite those butterflies in your stomach.
10. At least one amazing outfit
Even if glamming it up isn’t your typical style, a romantic night out will be even more memorable when it’s enjoyed during your honeymoon. Pack one special outfit that makes you feel amazing and then head out for an intimate dinner for two, a night at the theatre, or champagne at a rooftop bar … and don’t forget to capture your love with a photo or two!