Honeymoon Must Haves
Honeymoon Must Haves
The perfect honeymoon varies for everyone. For some, it is being in a glass bottom suite over crystal blue waters somewhere tropical and remote. For others, the perfect honeymoon might involve trekking through famous landmarks thousands of miles away. And for others still, no honeymoon is completely without 5-star accommodations and daily visits to the spa for couples massages and facials.
Then you have the couples that would rather be camping. Or staying home and turning off all the electronics. Or holing up on a boat together for a week. Or a nearby bed and breakfast.
The point is, there is no one checklist that can adequately define everything that a honeymoon should entail, because those details will shift and change depending on whom you are talking to. We all want a little something different from our romantic getaways, which makes the idea of a “perfect honeymoon” a bit of misnomer.
But that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few things that every honeymoon should include!
You don’t have to be a professional photographer to document your honeymoon. You just need to have a camera, and maybe even a cute little journal, to memorialize the moments you won’t ever want to forget. Be sure to ask strangers to take pictures of the two of you together as well. Far too often on honeymoons, you see pictures of one person or the other, but never shots of them as a pair. Remember, this is your romantic getaway – the pictures you take should prove that you were off on that adventure together! And besides, you’re going to want at least one or two of you with your arms wrapped around each other to frame. When you get home – PRINT those photos! Don’t leave them in the camera to disappear forever.
There aren’t many times in life when you will be able to hole up with your partner and tune out the rest of the world. Take advantage of that time together by talking! Discuss the now, the future, and the everything that awaits. Use this time to become even more connected, and to build a stronger foundation for the rest of your marriage. Once you get back to the distractions of life, just sitting and talking gets that much harder.
An Open Mind
No matter what you have planned for your honeymoon, an open mind will make the entire experience that much more enjoyable. Things don’t always go as planned, even on your honeymoon, and being open to trying new things or going with the flow can help you to get past those moments that might otherwise seem rocky. Plus, a little spontaneity can lead to adventures you will be talking about for the rest of your lives.
The Right Gear
Whether you plan on spending your entire honeymoon with your toes in the sand, or testing beers at every bar in Belgium, packing the right gear is essential to enjoying yourself. That means sunscreen for outdoor adventures and antacids for trips that are going to involve eating foods more rich than what you might enjoy at home. And especially don’t forget the earplugs so you both get a good night’s sleep! Spend a little extra time planning what you pack in your suitcase today, so that you can more fully enjoy your time together tomorrow.
Plenty of Time Alone
That’s what your honeymoon is about, right? Cuddling up with your love and taking full advantage of the quality time you are so deserving of after all that wedding planning stress. Sure, you may love seeing the world together, and you should certainly get out and do just that on your honeymoon if it’s how you enjoy spending your time. But be sure to plan at least a few days or nights of staying in – even if those hours are spent never getting out of bed. After all, that is half the fun – right?