The stresses from planning a wedding can often lead to a few missing items in your honeymoon suitcase – especially if you packed a few days before the big event. While it's essential to remember the basics, some fashionable extras, and travel accessories, brides and grooms often leave important items behind when packing for their honeymoons. No matter where you're jetting off to after saying "I do," be sure to check this list of items first to avoid those feelings of stress and regret, because every bride deserves to experience a blissful honeymoon escape.
TUMI Suitcase and Luggage Tags
First things first, every bride (and groom) needs a suitcase. This carry-on luggage by Tumi will start your honeymoon off right with the luxury of not having to check baggage at the airport. The international carry-on dimensions will get couples through security quickly whether they are heading down to Mexico or traveling to the Maldives. And to ensure that belongings stay with the new Mr. & Mrs., corresponding luggage tags will let everyone know who just said “I do.”
Tegra-Lite international carry-on ($595) and “Mr. and Mrs.” luggage-tag box set ($65); tumi.com.
LUXE City Guides
With all of the information accessible on the Internet, it’s rare for newlyweds to look to books for honeymoon-travel advice. LUXE City Guides is changing that mantra. The must-read travel guides for smart and savvy couples are both entertaining and educational. A wedding-white box set is perfect for newlyweds and includes your choice of three or five city guides, with over thirty cities to choose from. And since guides are published every year, brides and grooms can discover up-to-date restaurant recommendations, shopping itineraries, spa suggestions, and more for each of their honeymoon destinations.
LUXE Bespoke White Linen Box with 5 guides ($55) and LUXE Bespoke White Travel Set with 3 guides ($29.99), luxecityguides.com.
Honeymoon Survival Kit by Jeeves New York
Jeeves New York is making sure newlyweds are prepared for every garment-related incident that occurs on their honeymoon. The Honeymoon Survival Kit protects brides (and grooms!) from wardrobe emergencies so that honeymoons will go off without a hitch! The travel-sized pouch includes a lint roller, fashion tape, and no-sew buttons for last-minute fixes; an all-natural detergent made especially for hand washing keeps swimwear and lingerie fresh throughout the entire trip; and collar stays and cufflinks for grooms work wonders for unexpected formal evenings.
$19.95; 212.570.9130, jeevesny.com.
Oliver Peoples Sunglasses
One fashion accessory that is often left at home is a pair of chic sunglasses. Save yourself the trouble of getting last-minute shades from the nearest gas station, and bring along some designer sunnies. For couples traveling abroad to areas of the world that advise tourists to leave "flashy" wardrobes at home, the limited branding of Oliver Peoples frames are essential. The new Resort/Spring 2014 collection offers understated elegance and features a variety of feminine styles that can seamlessly transition from a day at the beach to an evening of luxury shopping in the city center.
Pictured from L-R: “Ria” acetate sunglass in Taupe/Buff ($335), “Colline” semi-rimless sunglass in Soft Silver ($335), and “Hedda” acetate sunglass in Pecan Pie ($335); oliverpeoples.com.
ghd Gold Professional 1” Styler
A tropical honeymoon destination tends to take a toll on hair leaving it frizzy and out of control. Luckily, the ghd Gold Professional 1” Styler features universal voltage, which means brides will get the same styling performance on every corner of the globe. Ideal for brides desiring an expeditious morning routine, the styler heats up quickly and is ready in seconds. Gold plates smooth hair and contoured edges create the perfect straight, curled, or waved styles that shimmer and shine. Additionally, an automatic shut-off is activated when the styler is idle for 30 minutes, so brides (and hotel owners) have nothing to fear.
$225; sephora.com and ghdhair.com/us.
MAPi's Nicea Book iPhone Case
Available for the iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5/5S models, the Nicea Book is the perfect case to take on a quick trip to the beach or to the local bars. The streamlined wallet design stores a cell phone and opens to reveal a pocket that is perfect for stashing important items such as money, IDs, and credit cards. Cases are available in crocodile or glossy leather and come in five colors, with white perfect for brides and a classic tan dapper for grooms.
S’well Reusable Bottles
The Couples Collection by S'well is ideal for newlyweds, with a "Hers" bottle perfect for the bride and a "His" bottle great for the groom. The stainless-steel bottles will keep water cold during an all-day honeymoon adventure, and cocoa hot during a romantic evening on the beach. Couples can also use the larger “Ours” bottle to keep white wine or champagne chilled all night long. Not only do the bottles maintain a beverage’s coolness for 24 hours and warmth for 12 hours, they are exceptional for the earth. S’well products are non-toxic, non-leaching, and BPA-free. Proceeds from each purchase benefit WaterAid, which provides clean drinking water for impoverished communities around the world.
“Hers” and “His” 17 oz. bottles ($35/each) and “Ours” 25 oz. bottle ($45); swellbottle.com.
Opening photograph by Steve Steinhardt