Packing for a trip is a huge feat for men and women alike, but it is more often women who tend to pack almost all of their belongings into multiple suitcases with the idea that they will decide what to wear when they reach their destination. Having so many clothes to choose from only adds to confusion and indecision when it is time to dress for a meeting or a night out on the town. It is even more important to avoid stress on your honeymoon. This situation can be avoided, however, by following a few simple rules.
First things first – Check the weather and the itinerary at your destination, so you can plan your outfits ahead of time. Chances are that you already know most of your honeymoon plans, so take advantage of it, and save yourself some stress at the same time! When choosing your outfits try to mix and match as much as possible. You will be amazed at how easy it is to get dressed when you have it all planned out ahead of time!
The easiest pieces to mix and match with are “neutral” bottoms. A neutral color can be any of the following – black, tan, white, khaki, navy, gray, and denim. Whether it be in the form of accessories, shoes, or a top, adding color to neutrals will make you honeymoon ready. Choose a neutral color or two and pack several different bottoms in those neutrals, such as a skirt, shorts, and pants, and throw in some colorful tops, jackets, accessories, and shoes and you are set! You will be able to mix and match to create a new outfit every day from only a few basic pieces.
After you’ve checked your itinerary and have decided what you will pack to wear, it’s time to make sure all your laundry is done. Start laundering your clothing the week before you will be leaving so everything will be clean and ready for packing. This theory also applies to anything that needs to be dry cleaned. Go ahead and get all dry cleaning completed before starting the packing process.
There is a little trick to packing without wrinkling your clothing – it’s called “rolling.” Folding causes creases in your clothing, but rolling does not. The trick to getting the perfect “roll” is to start with a smooth, wrinkle-free garment. If you roll up a wrinkled shirt, it will, of course, remain wrinkled, thus defeating the whole purpose. Another advantage of rolling is that it saves more space than folding does. You will be able to fit more into your suitcase by rolling. Don’t be afraid to tightly pack rolled clothing.
Here are a few more packing tips to follow:
Pack your suitcase with the heavier items on the bottom.
Avoid taking clothing that you haven’t yet worn. You may not like the outfit as much as you thought you would
If you plan on doing some shopping while on your honeymoon, pack an extra carry on bag or leave a little extra room in your suitcase.
Stuff your underwear and socks into shoes and other empty spaces.
Wrap any belts you are bringing around the perimeter of the suitcase.
Find travel size items of your most used (and bulky) items, such as shampoo, conditioner, hairspray, shaving cream, and deodorant.
Tuck some safety pins and stain remover pads or pen into your bag for unexpected emergencies.
Take a small travel candle or room spray (or both) to make stuffy rooms more palatable and to keep the bathroom “fresh.” Don’t let odors ruin a romantic mood. Incidentally, a small cologne spray in a fragrance that you are not wearing can be a great room freshener. Just use it sparingly!
If possible, take only one pair of shoes for cocktails or dinner and coordinate outfits around the shoes.
Do the same for beach shoes and comfortable shoes for shopping or sightseeing trips. Footwear can take up too much space in the suitcase, so taking a pair for every possible outfit is unwise.
If plans include snow-skiing, consider shipping the bulky gear and clothing to the hotel or condo ahead of time and taking only essentials in easy- to -carry luggage when flying. Of course, you would need to cal lyour place of lodging and make arrangements with the concierge before you ship. Doing so will increase the chances that your belongings will remain secure until your arrival.
Having a successful trip really depends on how well you PLAN before you pack!!
Erin Sharplin Love