On Your Honeymoon: Look Fabulous & Leave Your Baggage Behind

After the wedding bells have rung and the reception has wrapped, it’s time to get away with your hubby to relax on an intimate honeymoon void of pushy wedding planners, cocky DJs and snarky in-laws. Your luxurious honeymoon is not a place for baggage. And by baggage, we mean both the stresses of everyday life and clunky luggage, simultaneously.

Couple on a tropical beach at Maldives
Couple on a tropical beach at Maldives

Don’t make post-wedding life more difficult than it needs to be. Avoid extra checked bag fees and the struggles of lugging too many suitcases. You get one checked bag under 50 lbs. and one appropriately-sized carry on. Here are some tips to looking fabulous and packing light on your honeymoon vacation.

Call Ahead

The first step in your packing process is to check with the hotel/s you are staying in to see what kind of amenities they have. This will eliminates some of the clunky items you might normally pack like hair dryers, travel irons and bathrobes. Ask what types of stores are local, so you can purchase toiletries when you get to your destination. This makes room for more necessary items, like a designer handbag and an extra pair of sandals.

Pack ‘Must Haves,’ Not ‘Just In Cases’

There might be a little sacrifice, but you will have to give and take when it comes to packing light. Use the Pareto 80/20 Principle: Modified for packing, it means 20 percent of what you pack will account for 80 percent of what you wear. In other words, bring your core wardrobe that’s appropriate for the destination.

If traveling to a tropical locale, a one-piece bandeau from Proenza Schouler will cover your beach bases. Bring along a few of your favorite summer maxi dresses to double as coverups and daytime wear and pack a LBD and an Alice + Olivia jumpsuit for your evenings out.

Minimalist Summer Basics

Summer travel, more than any other season, allows for lighter packing. These basics offer optimal function, are interchangeable and look super cute, too:

  • Versatile maxi dress
  • Lightweight scoop tee
  • Satin cami top
  • Ribbed tank top
  • Calf-length skirt
  • Harem pants
  • Travel ballet flats
  • Strappy sandals
  • Sunglasses
  • Crossbody bag

In addition to that, bring along a light jacket or sweater and an under layer for cool evenings, a one-piece and two-piece suit, two bras (one sports bra), a few silk sleep sets, walking shoes, some jewelry for a little bling and the essential makeup.

Less Casual, More Chic Destinations

When traveling away from the laid-back boho tropical destination and into a chic city like Madrid, there are four classic pieces you’ll need to feel comfortable, stylish and sophisticated.

  • A Little Black Dress can be worn day or night in a fashion city. Get a new LBD as a wedding gift to yourself; try one from Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney or Armani to have Spanish locals turning their heads.
  • Sport a stylish half leather jacket over dresses or a tank and jeans — it’s versatile, and you can wear it on the plane to save room. Try any of the cropped, shrunken-fit moto-inspired jackets that are uber-chic.
  • A cool and comfortable maxi dress is perfect for museum visits and other daytime excursions. Choose floral prints for the summer and grey or black in the cooler months.
  • A versatile designer handbag will keep you looking fabulous and your trip stress-free. The classic Coach Crossbody is the ideal honeymoon handbag; it’s chic and slender, and with a zip closure, it keeps valuables safely at hand.

Your honeymoon is the time to be carefree and in love with your man. Don’t bog yourself down with unnecessary baggage. Fill your luggage with high quality essentials that you can mix and match, launder and reuse easily and comfortably, while also looking fabulous.