Dolabk: The Ultimate Honeymoon Packing Guide for Arabs

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Summer is almost here and everyone is prepping for wedding season and honeymoons. Most brides and grooms get so stressed from planning the actual wedding that when it comes to packing for their honeymoons, they just can’t ever get prepared.

 

Well, I have prepared an A-to-Z packing list that’ll extinguish your honeymoon packing problems and buy you some time to focus on more essential things. This list combines both winter and summer items, depending upon whether your destination is cold, hot or tropical.

 

Divide your packing list into three categories: His, Hers, and Ours. Considering that many airlines charge for checked baggage, one big suitcase and separate well-packed carry-on bags may be the most economical choice for a trip of any length.

 

OUR Stash:

 

Media

  • Plan your route with maps, directions and/or GPS
  • Smartphone and charger
  • Digital camera, batteries, memory cards, manual
  • Underwater camera
  • Camera case
  • iPod, headphones, mini-speakers
  • iPad or portable DVD player and DVDs
  • Travel guidebook(s) or apps
  • Foreign-language app
  • Journal/notebook and pen
  • Reading material
  • Laptop
  • Laptop charger
  • Electrical converter/adapter
  • External hard drive

 

 

Medical

  • Antibiotic cream
  • Diarrhea medication
  • Antihistamine
  • Band-aids
  • Birth control
  • Bug repellent
  • Cortisone 1% anti-itch cream
  • Condoms
  • Extra pair of eyeglasses
  • Motion sickness medicine
  • Lubricant
  • Pain reliever
  • Prescription medicines
  • Cold medicine

 

 

Money & Documents

  • Addresses for sending e-mail
  • Business cards
  • Cash
  • Copy of marriage license
  • Copy of medical history, if necessary
  • Copy of vacation packing list
  • Driver’s license/International driver’s license
  • Emergency numbers and the embassy’s address
  • Paper airline tickets or e-ticket confirmation
  • Passports and visas
  • Photo ID
  • Pre-paid phone card
  • Travelers checks and receipt (keep separate)
  • Vaccination certificates, if required
  • Vouchers/coupons/tickets
  • Your itinerary (travel plan)
  • Reservations for hotel/car rental

 

 

Miscellaneous/Extras

  • Anti-bacterial wipes
  • Bubble bath
  • Keys
  • Lint roller
  • Luggage locks
  • Massage oil
  • Playing cards
  • Cotton swabs
  • Sunscreen/SPF
  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella
  • Laundry bag
  • Small sewing kit
  • Safety pins
  • Ziplock bags (all sizes; use for packing wet swimsuits or protecting camera)

 

 

 

HIS Stash

 

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HIS Clothing

  • 1 pair of jeans or khakis
  • 1 pair of nice slacks
  • 1 light jacket or pullover (take one that can be tied around the waist or stuffed in a backpack)
  • 4 plain shirts (T-shirts or short-sleeve button-downs)
  • 2 pairs shorts
  • 2 polo or button-down short-sleeve shirts or pullovers
  • 1 sports jacket (for nicer restaurants) or coat
  • 1 swimsuit
  • 1 pair walking shoes/sandals/loafers
  • Extra socks and underwear
  • Belts
  • Boots
  • Pajamas/Robe
  • Slippers
  • Gloves
  • 1 towel
  • Sunglasses

 

 

HIS Toiletries

  • Comb/Brush
  • Deodorant
  • Lip balm
  • Shaving kit/Shaving Cream
  • Shampoo/Conditioner/Styling products
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste and mouthwash
  • Perfume
  • Loofa

 

 

 

HER Stash

 

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HER Clothing and Accessories

  • 1 pair of jeans or khakis (for cold airports and the plane)
  • 1 light jacket or pullover (take one that can be tied around the waist or stuffed in a backpack)
  • 1 nice sundress
  • 1 little black dress
  • 1 cardigan (for chilly restaurants) or coat
  • 4 plain shirts (T-shirts, tank tops, short-sleeve button-downs) or pullovers
  • 2 pairs shorts
  • 2 dark pants or leggings
  • 2 swimsuits (bikini for the beach, one-piece for water sports)
  • 1 swimsuit cover-up
  • 1 pair walking shoes/sandals/boots
  • 1 pair evening shoes (heels)/sandals
  • 1 evening purse
  • Extra socks and underwear
  • Bras (strapless and otherwise)
  • Accessories (scarves and jewelry to “stretch” your wardrobe)
  • Underwear and delicates
  • Lingerie
  • 2 playful skirts
  • Socks
  • Straw/wide-brimmed hat
  • Pajamas
  • Gloves
  • 1 tote casual bag/clutch/1 beach bag
  • 1 Towel
  • Flip flops/Slippers
  • Contact lenses

 

 

HER Toiletries

  • Acne control product
  • Baby powder
  • Nail kit: file, nail polish remover, cotton, nail polish, nail file, nail clipper
  • Blow dryer/Straightening iron
  • Comb/Brush
  • Cosmetic case/Makeup bag
  • Deodorant
  • Depilatory (like “one” or “veet”)/Silk-epil/Women razor
  • Eyeliner
  • Eye Shadow
  • Lipsticks & lip balm
  • Blush
  • Mascara
  • Contouring kit or pencils
  • Lotion
  • Makeup remover
  • Facial cleanser
  • Moisturizer
  • Tampons/Pads/Daily pads
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste and mouthwash
  • Dental floss
  • Shampoo/conditioner/styling products (optional as your hotel may provide. Put in smaller bottles rather than taking the whole bottle)
  • Hair bands/Bob pins/Hair clips
  • Tweezers
  • Perfume
  • Loofa
  • Sunglasses

 

 

Leave Behind With Family or Friends:

  • Your itinerary and hotel phone numbers
  • Photocopies of your passport, credit cards, and traveler’s check receipts
  • A sealed copy of your wills, life insurance-policy numbers, and pertinent financial info
  • Leave all your hotel information (hotel’s name, address, phone number, your room #), a copy of your visa and passport and your personal phone number with a trusted friend or family for emergencies.

 

It’s very unlikely you’ll need everything on this A-to-Z packing list. Obviously, the same vacation destination may not call for both a bathing suit and gloves, but you never know. Good luck, and happy packing.

 

 

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