Honeymoon & Travel
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How to: Honeymoon Checklist

Before you go on your honeymoon to that tropical island getaway, pay a quick visit to your pharmacy. You will need to shop very carefully to get all the things you will need. Brides that will fly to their honeymoon destination have quite a struggle with airline limitations, so let’s have a look at your shopping list.

Carry on Items

Travel essentials

  • Airline boarding passes
  • Other train/ bus/ ferry/ boat tickets needed
  • Passports
  • Visas
  • Driver's license
  • Credit cards/ ATM cards
  • Phone call cards
  • Money, traveler's cheques
  • Confirmation of hotel and activity bookings
  • Phone numbers of emergency contacts, doctors, and credit card companies
  • Photocopies of all important documents, including passports, cards, traveler's cheque documents, prescription and vaccination documents, medical/ holiday insurance with details of what this covers.
  • Photographs of the contents of your luggage, in case your luggage is lost.
  • Maps of destination
  • Guidebook
  • Translation dictionary
  • Leave with someone at home: a copy of all photocopied documents, your itinerary, your contact number whilst travelling, along with a copy of your life insurance and wills.

Toiletries

  • Prescription medication, in its original bottle
  • Travel- sickness pills
  • Pain killers
  • Sleeping pills
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Small hairbrush
  • Small bag of makeup including: lip balm, mascara, tweezers, an eyebrow pencil, mineral foundation, concealer, roll-on deodorant
  • Face moisturiser 
  • Antibacertial wipes/ hand sanitiser
  • Personal hygene items

Valuables

  • Camera
  • Video camera
  • Valuable jewellery
  • Mobile phone
  • Music player
  • Tablet
  • Laptops

Comfort

  • Light jumper
  • Travel pillow and blanket
  • Eyemask
  • In- flight reading
  • Sewing kit
  • Change of clothing, including undergarments
  • Travel umbrella
  • Ear plugs

Checked Luggage

Toiletries (Continued)

  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Hair Dryer/ Straightener
  • Hand/ body lotion
  • Ear buds
  • Cotton pads/ swabs
  • Shaving cream and razors
  • Nail file/ clippers/ scissors
  • Tooth floss
  • Self tanner
  • Hair dryer
  • Hair straightener
  • Hair curler
  • Insect repellent (depending on your destination)
  • Contact lenses and solution
  • Glasses
  • Bandaids
  • Antihistamine
  • Antibacterial ointment/ wash
  • Antacids
  • Diarrhea medication
  • Swiss army knife (for emergencies)

Electronics

  • Chargers for all electronic items
  • batteries
  • Camera tripods
  • Memory sticks/ film for camera

Essential Clothing

  • 3 pairs of shoes: 1 pair of walking shoes, one pair of neutral casual shoes, one pair neutral smart shoes
  • Minimum 3 pairs of socks
  • 3- 7 pairs of underwear
  • 2-3 bras (including one sports bra)
  • 2-3 pants
  • 2-3 skirts
  • 2-3 pair shorts
  • 3-4 casual tops
  • 2-3 shirts
  • 2-4 dresses
  • Lingerie
  • Slippers
  • Raincoat/ poncho
  • Evening wrap/ jacket
  • Evening bag
  • Day bag/ backpack
  • Light bag for souvenirs

Extras for Warm Weather

  • 1- 3 pairs Swimming costume
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking shoes/ boots
  • Binoculars
  • Books
  • Sun hats
  • Wildlife guides
  • Books
  • Mosquito netting
  • Compass
  • Aloe vera gel
  • Sunscreen
  • Flip flops
  • Beach bag
  • Swimming costume cover- up
  • Water shoes

Extras for Cold Weather

  • 2-3 heavy jumpers
  • 1 heavy, waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof pants
  • Waterproof socks
  • Boots
  • Thermal underwear
  • Beanies/ warm hats
  • Neck warmers/ scarves
  • Mittens/ gloves
  • Goggles
  • Ski boots
  • Skis (consider shipping these items to your hotel ahead of time)
  • Snowboards
  • Ski bag
  • Ski lock

Romantic Extras

  • Candles
  • Scented body oils
  • A romantic music mix
  • Bubble bath mix
  • Blindfolds
  • Feathers

Traveling Tips

  1. Limits on the quantity of liquids, aerosols and gels apply only to you hand luggage, not your checked luggage.
  2. All liquid, gel and aerosol containers need to be kept in a clear, plastic bag that is resealable, like a sandwich or freezer bag.
  3. The bag's four sides must add up to no more than 80cm (such as 20 x 20cm or 15 x 25cm).
  4. One bag is allowed for each passenger
  5. Containers larger than 100 milillitres will not be allowed on the plane (even if only partially filled).
  6. If you need to save space in your luggage, consider using vaccuum bags. These can either be purchased online or at storage stores, or you can simply use large sandwich bags and compress them yourself.
  7. Buy combination products to take with you, like shampoo and conditioner in one and body cream with 30+ sun screen already mixed in. You'll save both space and time with these products.
  8. Most shops have 'ready to fly' product lines especially packed to pass inspection. You can buy these with confidence or simply decant some of your normal product into 100ml clear plastic bottles. That way you know and trust what you have with you.
  9. Any chronic medication you may be on must be accompanied by a prescription from your doctor. This include birth control pills. If it is in a liquid, gel or aerosol form, it may be exempt from usual flight laws related to liquid.  Some countries will not allow certain medicines in and you may be left without it. Also make sure you have enough to last you at least the length of your trip!
  10. Pain tablets should be left in their original package. Always bring something for headaches that you know works well as in foreign countries you may end up struggling to find medication.
  11. Find and mark on your map where the Australian Embassy is. You never know what could happen, and it really is far better to be safe than sorry here. 
  12. Research the ariports you're travelling through. Find out where your gates will be, how much time you'll have between flights, and what activities are available.
  13. Speaking of which, travelling via Singapore? Pack your swimming costume in your carry-on luggage and take a dip in their rooftop pool.
  14. Adjust to your new time zone quicker by forcing yourself to stay up and sleep when the locals do, from the minute you get off the plane.

Now you can jet set with the peace of mind that you've prepared and packed everything you could possibly need!

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