February 10, 2018 - 21 comments

How to pack light for your tropical Honeymoon

what to remember when packing for a tropical honeymoon

I'm definitely not the girl who arrives 3 hours before her international flight. I'm lucky if I have time to grab a coffee before boarding starts. But one thing I'm pretty good at is packing. Not just any packing, but minimalist packing.That's a thing, right? So for all you newlyweds out there, here are a few tricks on how to pack for your honeymoon (the minimalist way).

1. Invest in a good backpack

Before leaving for our honeymoon to Thailand, Chris and I invested in a his and hers Kelty backpacks. The main reason we opted for backpacks instead of suitcases was because we wanted to island hop, travel to different cities and stay in different AirBnBs without the hassle of dragging a 50 lbs suitcase around. SO worth it.

2. Roll instead of fold

If you're traveling somewhere tropical, you're really not going to need a lot of clothes. A few bathing suits, some shorts and sun dresses will do the trick. But if you must bring more, a good way to pack and save space is by rolling your clothes instead of folding. That way you can stick smaller shirts or dresses in side pockets and save space. Ideally, you'll want to get some fabrics that are lightweight but also wrinkle-free!

3. Buy toiletries once you get there

It was so much easier to pop in to a local drugstore and get a bar of soap, travel-size shampoo and toothpaste rather than bringing all that stuff from home. Actually, in Thailand, those items are so much cheaper too. Once we're ready to head home, if we need to leave those items behind it won't be a big deal at all. Save yourself the space!

4. Bring a reusable water bottle

Also TSA won't let you pass through with a full water bottle, it's perfectly acceptable to bring an empty one. Since our bodies aren't used to other countries's water, it's safer to drink bottled water when you have the option. We would buy the largest water bottle size from the store, keep it in our room and fill up our individual Hydroflask bottles. Not only we were saving money but our Hydroflasks are insulated and kept the water colder for longer in the tropical heat!

Hope these 4 tips on how to pack for your honeymoon were helpful! Where are you heading for your tropical honeymoon? I'll be posting more photos from our Thailand trip soon!


February 13, 2018 at 3:28 am

You are so much more chill than I am! When I read “buy toiletries when you get there” I’m all, “but they won’t have my eye cream!” I’m an indoor girl, lol.

    Gabrielle Norton
    February 13, 2018 at 11:38 am

    HAHAH Renee! Well, I’m not gonna lie, I brought my eye cream LOL. No joke. Brought my toothbrush, contact solution and eye cream so I completely understand. I guess what I meant was basic stuff like soap, shampoo and even toothpaste can all be purchased here haha

Rachel Rice
February 13, 2018 at 7:26 pm

Ah these are great points!!! I do need to start rolling my clothes too, I do this with table runners already so I don’t have to iron them and it just makes sense for clothes! Also, I’m doing way better at not bringing along mini travel things, only the ones I know they won’t have where I go! But they take up so much space and so much risk for spillage!!!

    Gabrielle Norton
    February 14, 2018 at 10:19 am

    Exactly!! I honestly didn’t even consider the spillage part of bringing products but you’re totally right. Our bags get tossed so much during the voyage itself that I would hate to have something break or burst inside the bag. Definitely try rolling your clothes! Maybe on your next trip to Europe?

February 15, 2018 at 3:27 pm

Roll instead of fold is so true!

    Gabrielle Norton
    February 17, 2018 at 5:26 am

    I swear they should teach stuff like this in school haha. I’ve spent years overpacking and lugging around heavy suitcases when all I needed was a bathing suit and a sarong haha

February 15, 2018 at 6:07 pm

What about a Utah Idaho skication? Haha lol I am totally going to roll my clothes tonight as I pack! Thanks for the tips! Also any chance I get to buy cute bags I am down for!

    Gabrielle Norton
    February 17, 2018 at 5:23 am

    hahaha dang ski trip would be tricky to pack light for but I’m so impressed with your rolling packing skills! Have so much fun and obviously post lot’s of photos!

Lindsay Bishop
February 17, 2018 at 7:25 pm

Great tips, Gabrielle! I always roll my clothes, too, so that I can stick them inside of shoes, boots, whatever! And bringing an empty water bottle is SO essential, they never give you enough water on the plane and being in the air for a long time is super dehydrating!

    Gabrielle Norton
    February 20, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    So true! And the key to not getting jetlagged is staying hydrated as much as possible. I never drink enough water in general so I try to remind myself by carrying my own water bottle!

Amy Haberland
February 22, 2018 at 11:34 pm

Great tips!! Packing is an important skill!

    Gabrielle Norton
    February 23, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    It’s a tough one to master though haha. I always feel like I didn’t pack enough but it ended up being just right!

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