Someone’s getting married! Traveling to a new place and for such a special occasion is always exciting. Here are different things to think about when traveling, both domestic and abroad, and what you should remember as you get ready for your trip.
There are a lot of components to travel. Missing even one of those components can make for a huge headache later. As far in advance as possible, make a list of what you will need to take care of. Are there any travel restrictions? Nothing is worse than missing a flight because of a health check or proof of insurance that could have been taken care of the week before. Do you need any travel documents? Do you have all the documents you need, and if so, are they up to date? If the destination is located abroad, make sure your passport is ready to go. If you don’t have a passport, take care of that first. Getting a passport might take longer than you would think. Do you need to make reservations, either for accommodation or for travel between locations? Is travel insurance the right way to go for this trip? Make sure you know what you need and when you need it.
What about money? How much will you need? Do you need a different kind of currency? If you are in a different country, paying attention to the bag or wallet you are using is important. Does the bag have a long enough strap to wear cross-ways on your body? Consider a neck wallet or a belt wallet you can put under your clothes. Will your phone work in case you need to cancel your credit cards? Does your phone plan extend to the area you are visiting? It never hurts to be prepared in case of an emergency.
When you are getting ready to leave, make sure you have everything you need in order. Double-check the travel requirements in case something changes. Make sure you have your tickets printed out or safe in your email. Make sure your reservations are correct, and your confirmations are handy. Have a plan for what you need to do and where you need to go when you reach your destination. Have addresses and travel apps ready in case you need them.
While clothes can be bought on location in a pinch, you will likely want to have your own outfit ready to go, whether you are a guest or part of the wedding party. Pack your clothes intentionally, so nothing is ruined. If you know a piece is prone to wrinkling, plan some time to steam your dress or iron your men’s dress shirt. Remember to bring your shoes. Yes, this is a lot of effort for this one outfit, but since this special occasion is the reason you are here, it is important.
Aside from the physical clothes, make sure you have all applicable toiletries. Do you have the makeup you want? What about makeup remover? Do you need a curler or other hair styling accessories? What about jewelry or your men’s belt or a watch? Beyond the specific wedding-required elements, make sure your general hygiene is also covered. Remember your toothbrush with a travel cover, toothpaste, and floss. Make sure to fit in your face wash, razor, and other shower necessities. And leave space for the wedding gift!
We all hope to be able to leave our electronics behind when we are on vacation. However, when there is a huge event taking place, sometimes you need to be able to communicate with the different moving parts. If you are going somewhere you aren’t familiar with, phones, in particular, are also important for finding your way and reconnecting with your party. If you are going somewhere with a lot of water, a waterproof phone case might be worth a second look. Pack your phone charger and consider investing in a universal power adapter if you aren’t sure of the electricity situation. Another great tool to have in your back pocket is a small portable charger.
Most destination weddings are in beautiful sunny climates. And sometimes the tropical sun is a little stronger than visitors were expecting. While for some of us sunburn is inevitable, if you can avoid being bright red in the wedding photos, you definitely should. Prepare in advance with lots of high-level SPF sunscreen. Choose sun protection swimwear and rash guards. Take along or buy aloe vera for a faster recovery in case the worst happens.
The sun isn’t just bright-- it is also hot. Make sure to drink a lot of water. Consider bringing along electrolyte mixes or drinks to replenish what you lose when you sweat.
You may be staying just for the wedding or a little longer, but you aren’t going to be wearing your wedding clothes the whole trip. Bring lightweight summer clothes in cotton or linen to cool you off in the heat. If it is a tropical or desert location, know that you will probably sweat through your clothes every day, so you may want to plan to bring a least one full outfit per day.
Now you have everything you need for a fabulously successful destination wedding adventure. Ready to go?