A destination wedding is such a treat as you get to be in one of your favorite places, with your favorite people. They can however, be that much more stressful as well. We have listed our top 5 categories to run through as you pack for the big trip! Get out your suitcase, pour some tea (or wine), and start getting excited! (Norah Jones radio always help ease any jitters. We promise).
Carry On[caption id="attachment_2302" align="aligncenter" width="590"] This....will not be your wedding dress.[/caption]
Typically we like to keep carry on's short and sweet, a few magazines, snacks, and our wallets. Your destination wedding trip is another story. You will ABSOLUTELY need to be checking your wedding dress, rings/wedding day jewelry, and vows. Too many times are we wearing clothes from high school out of our old bedrooms waiting for our bags to arrive. Somewhat acceptable visiting home, NOT acceptable when your'e saying I-do. Be sure to pass this on to members of your wedding party, Mothers, and Mr. Future Hubby. Dad's always seem to figure it out (thanks to said Mothers..). Be sure to tell the gate attendant so she can give you special attendance.
Electronics[caption id="attachment_2304" align="aligncenter" width="429"] Labels are essential for lost items.[/caption]
These days it seems as though we can't successfully go anywhere without or gadgets fixated to our hands, but with everything on your mind, it doesn't hurt to be extra prepared. Chargers, batteries, cases, etc. It is also recommended to label your items with your name and email address. Many busy brides accidentally leave these leaping from one spot to the next, and who doesn't love a label maker? One hot tip-if you're leaving the country, be sure to bring the necessary outlet converter and remind your guests as well. It's also easy to be TOO prepared, you probably won't need 2 EXTRA "in-case" chargers since chances are 80% of your guests have the same gadgets as you. Over packing can in fact cause more stress. We have proven it.
Clothing[caption id="attachment_2305" align="aligncenter" width="427"] Try and avoid[/caption]
This is REALLY where over packing becomes an issue. Really try and be realistic in what you plan to wear. We suggest laying out your outfits a week or two beforehand. Seeing them everyday will make it easier and more natural to add, subtract, and swap as needed. As much as you will want to wear that gorgeous new maxi you bought before you even lift off, aim for having your bag packed and zipped 4 days prior. Hot tip-if you feel good in them, pack strapless bathing suits to avoid tan lines.
This is important and can get over-looked. Any and all necessary prescriptions, ibuprofen for any stubborn headaches, allergy medicine if you are traveling during allergy season, Cortisone cream for rashes/skeeter bites (or any bad waxes; again, proven), extra contacts, and potentially a mild non-addictive sleep aid. When we have a big day it is almost impossible to get shut eye, and that never leaves us at our best. Remind guests that if you are traveling to a popular or secluded destination, chances are these items will be pricier to buy there, so bring whatever you can.
Oh yea![caption id="attachment_2307" align="aligncenter" width="474"] Breathe in, breathe out.[/caption]
Our miscellaneous pile, also easy to over pack (ie. everyone's junk drawer in the kitchen). Keep a running list a few weeks before you leave, either on your phone or a notepad that is always within reach. Things will pop in your head while running on the treadmill, waiting in line at the post office, and most likely in the middle of the night. A few days before, sort out the necessities and the "I-could-live-without"s, and pack into corresponding categories. We always have an organized miscellaneous bag with us. Our #1 don't forget- your serenity. Keep in mind this is a special time, and reward yourself with a one-on-one dinner with Mr. Future Hubby, some yoga, or a mani-pedi. We suggest all three.