Best Days Of Your Life
Going on a trip with the man you now call your husband just days after your whirlwind of a wedding is a once in a lifetime experience. Whether you’re traveling near or far, these newlywed days spent alone in a new place are moments you’ll treasure forever. Last summer, my husband & I got married in Maine (see more here) & then had a straight up magical honeymoon in Italy (see more here). I look at our honeymoon pictures almost as much as I look at our wedding photos! Because of this fact, I thought I’d share with you my honeymoon packing guide to make the most of your memories & capture photos you’ll love looking back on for years to come.
Looking back on my trip, a few items stand out as must-haves in the category of memory making. First, I highly recommend you bring travel sized candles, or at least one. We brought two, one for each city we stayed in & burned them in the evenings before bed. We brought them home to savor as sweet memories because the scents take us right back to our Italian honeymoon. Another great thing we brought was a polaroid camera! We made a point to take 2-3 photos a day & somehow, these photos are the most special to us. They are not to post, they are only ours.
As far as clothing goes, midi & maxi dresses are key. You’re looking good & have a newlywed glow, so bring pieces you will feel good & look good in. This is your honeymoon. Don’t be afraid to show a little more skin than usual. Also, if you’re going somewhere tropical, a white swimsuit is a must! I found the perfect white one piece that doesn’t look see-through when wet for only $12! This was the same one I wore on my honeymoon & I absolutely adore it. I brought my white espadrilles, but because of all the stairs & walking we had to do, I basically wore these leather sandals with every outfit. Lastly, bring a large bag. Our beach bag was a lifesaver! I love being prepared for anything, so it was nice to have my swimsuit, towels, sunscreen, extra clothes, etc. very accessible at all times.
You want these photos to be ones you happily look back on for years to come. One thing that really can make a photo is having the right accessories. Don’t dismiss the power of a great pair of earrings, a simple scarf, or a fun pair of sunglasses just because you’re on vacation! Trust me, take the time to plan & pack a few pairs of fun earrings as well as 2-3 pairs of sunglasses to mix things up. On our day trip to Capri, I wore my blue square scarf 3 different ways throughout the day! First, it was tied around my beach bag for a more personalized look. Then, I used it to tie my hair back in a ponytail when I got so hot from climbing stairs. Last, I tie my hair in a bun & wrapped the scarf around my head. See them all in action here.
My One Regret
My one regret was not something I didn’t pack on my way there, but on my way home. I had the idea while we were in Positano to buy a unisex onesie for our future baby to wear one day. Sadly, I chickened out in the end, but I really wish I had gotten one! How special would that be to dress our baby in a onesie we bought on our honeymoon?! So cute. Since I didn’t do it, I hope one of you will do this! If you do, please tell me!