If you’re anything like us, packing to go away anywhere—let alone a destination wedding—is no easy task. Not only do you need to pack your usual holiday must-haves, you also need to remember the essentials for the big day. It’s so easy to get stressed out and forget key items, so with the wedding season fast approaching, we’ve pulled together the ultimate guide on how to pack for a ceremony far from home.
We’ll run through everything you need to pack, so you don’t forget a thing!
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1. Passports, travel tickets and visas
This one’s a no-brainer, but so easy to forget! If travelling overseas, don’t forget your passport and key travel documents. This would include your travel itinerary, boarding passes, tickets, and visas. You’ll also need to make sure you’ve got a credit card, travellers cheques or cash in the currency of your destination. We also recommend leaving a copy of your passport at home with someone who isn’t travelling—just in case you lose it!
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2. A large suitcase
Well, yes—this isn’t something you actually pack, but rather something that you pack things into. It’s important to make sure your suitcase is large, durable and lightweight. We recommend checking out some of the options available at Bags to Go—like the Antler range for stylish, practical travel luggage.
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If you’re headed somewhere tropical, don’t forget swimwear. We recommend packing a strapless set, so you can avoid unwelcome tan lines before the big day. Remember to pack a cover-up, sandals, a towel and a hat too.Image: Hayley + Marty, HOORAY!
4. Don’t bring a gift
Yes, you read this correctly—do not bring a gift to the wedding for the newlyweds. The couple is getting married at a destination, so don’t burden them with the struggle of getting all their bulky gifts couriered back home. Instead, contact the couple in advance to ask for a mailing address for their gifts.
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5. Personal items
You’ll need a bunch of personal items with you. Don’t forget your toothpaste and toothbrush, makeup set, skincare items, deodorant, hair brush, hair products, medication, contact lenses/reading glasses, sunglasses, insect repellent, sunscreen, razors, and nail care items.
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You’ll want to take some happy snaps to remember the occasion, so don’t forget your camera, memory cards and camera charger. Also, don’t forget your phone and phone charger! Be sure to understand international mobile phone and data charges to avoid any surprise bills upon your return.
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7. Travel sewing kit
Make sure you’ve got a sewing kit on hand for any last-minute mishaps with wedding attire. There’s nothing worse than arriving at a destination to find a button missing or a gaping hole in your planned outfit, so keep a travel sewing kit and safety pins on hand for quick fixes.
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8. For the bride and groom
And if you’re the soon-to-be-married couple, don’t forget these important items:
Wedding Day Shoes
Wedding night lingerie
Wedding day jewellery
Gifts for bridal party
Change of shoes/slippers for dancing at the reception
An invitation for photography
Seating place cards or table numbers (if you’re bringing your own)
Traditional Ceremony celebration items (if needed)
Copies of contracts with vendors, proof of payment to vendors, and vendor contact information