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Your Destination Wedding Packing List

Destination Wedding Packing List

Planning for normal weddings is already quite demanding so the travel associated with destination weddings often adds several more layers of stress to the big day. But preparation is key! We’ve gathered a solid destination wedding packing list to make sure you’ve got everything covered so you can enjoy your special day. There are just a few extra things to keep in mind for destination wedding travel, so read along for some great tips.

The Obvious

While the must-have essentials may seem obvious, these destination wedding packing list items could be easy overlooked with a list!

  • Wedding day garments including dresses or tuxedos
  • Undergarments
  • Accessories like cufflinks, ties, veils, socks, etc.
  • Shoes
  • Cosmetics including perfumes or colognes
  • Wedding rings
  • Copies of vows if you are writing them yourself (It’s best to have a back-up of these up online, too!)
  • Cake toppers
  • Emergency kit (This includes anything that you foresee needing in a pinch. This could include bobby pins, extra deodorant, tissues, face blotting sheets, etc. You may want to keep this with your wedding party.)
  • Hair tools
  • Electronics and all chargers (It’s a great idea to get a portable backup charger, too. Between photos and map searching, destination wedding trips can drain your battery fast.)
  • Passport (if traveling abroad)

The Less Obvious

These essentials may not come to mind when you’re thinking of what to include on your destination wedding packing list, but that doesn’t mean that they’re any less important.

A backup of your documents

It’s highly recommended to have your important documents including your marriage license, vendor contracts, passports/ visas, rough itinerary, and any important contact numbers backed up and easily accessible on a cloud storage service like Dropbox and to give a copy to a trusted family member. This will bring enormous peace of mind in the case that anything were to go missing or get stuck in lost luggage.

Medications 

Be sure to have a full supply of your regular medications and also any emergency medications. For instance, wedding angst or stress could cause migraine flair ups and even cold sores. Many men may also reach for Viagra during their wedding week since the celebratory drinking can cause all-too-common alcohol-induced erectile dysfunction. Although you may not regularly need these medications, it’s better to come prepared for the worst-case scenario

Travel insurance

Since you will be traveling with valuable items, it is a great idea to purchase travel insurance. The coverage is typically very affordable and the peace of mind it often provides is enormous. Most plans cover things like lost or stolen luggage, medical emergencies, and trip interruption or cancellation.

Planning an International Destination Wedding?

If you are traveling internationally, there are a few extra things to keep in mind.

Vaccinations

Although it’s not something you can throw in a bag, vaccinations are often needed depending on where you are coming from or headed. Look up if there are any requirements and be sure to schedule any appointments well in advance.

Power converters

Probably one of the most forgotten items for international travelers! Be sure to pack a travel adapter/ converter block if needed so you can actually use all of your electronic devices at your destination.

Credit card with no foreign transaction fee

You may want to check in advance if your credit card has any foreign transaction or ATM fees since they can be a big headache if you’re racking up celebratory expenses. 

For the Beach Wedding

Most popular destination weddings are at the beach, so don’t overlook all your beach essentials!

  • Sunscreen
  • Baby powder (This will help get sand off your feet and prevent chafing)
  • Swimsuits
  • Beach bag
  • Beach towel
  • Sunglasses
  • Flip flops or boardwalk shoes

Learn how to Plan an Epic Florida Beach Wedding with our comprehensive guide.

And if you’re getting married in Florida this year, check out our tips on How to Plan Your Florida Wedding During COVID-19.

Destination weddings require a little more preparation. Although not comprehensive, hopefully this designation wedding packing list includes something you may not have considered before! Whatever you intend on bringing, it’s best to make a list in advance to be sure you’re not to overlook something important last minute. 

Written by Rachel Covello

Rachel Covello is an award-winning speaker, writer, diversity consultant, and LGBT advocate. She is the Founder of LGBT Equality Alliance, a Chester County, PA nonprofit organization, and CEO of OUTCOAST, an online marketing and concierge platform marketing the Gulf Coast as an LGBTQ-inclusive place to VISIT, CELEBRATE, and LIVE.

Rachel is also an avid event photographer and has captured photos for LGBT organizations around the world, including the IGLTA, NGLCC, NLGJA, and Out & Equal.


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