Knowing what to pack isn’t a tricky as it seems. Packing before a destination wedding is a big task, but we have the tips you need to simplify. You’ll probably find yourself in the struggle between not wanting to carry any more than you have to, and not wanting to forget anything important. The best way to prepare for packing is to make a checklist. Here are some recommendations of things you might not have thought to pack:
Not only will you need a passport to travel to Mexico, if you plan to have a legal ceremony you’ll also need birth certificates, blood test results, a marriage license, a divorce decree or death certificate if applicable, and more. Be sure to talk to your event planner to make sure you have everything you need. The process can take a lot of time, so plan ahead and make sure you have everything prepared well in advance.
If the groom or anyone else is planning to wear a jacket for the ceremony, it’s a good idea to pack an extra dress shirt (especially in the warmer months). If things are just a little sweaty, you can change into a fresh shirt before the reception. You definitely won’t want to have to keep that jacket on all night to hide the wet under arms. Just remember to give the extra shirt to your wedding planner to hang in a safe place during the ceremony and photos so you don’t have to go all the way back to your room.
EmergenC and Vitamins
Weddings are stressful, and it’s easy to get warn-out. Don’t take a chance on getting sick; load up on Vitamin C! EmergenC packets also make an excellent addition to welcome bags for guests. Try to mix and drink one every morning to keep your skin looking good, and your energy up. Getting full nights of sleep and having a green salad and some fresh fruit will help, too!
Once you’re sunburned, it’s impossible to undo. Take care of your skin in the sun with plenty of sunblock, and even a hat. This checklist item is not just for the bride. Sunburned grooms and bridal party members stick out in photos just as badly as the bride. Keep everyone protected, and don’t forget to reapply!
If you sent beautiful invitations to your guests, you probably spent a lot of time designing them to perfectly reflect your upcoming wedding. Bring one along with you to the wedding destination so your photographer can photograph it with your other wedding details.
You’re most likely going to have a professional photographer present on the big day, but don’t forget about the fun being had on the days before and after you tie the knot. Don’t rely on your phone for this, because the battery won’t hold up as long when you’re using the camera a lot. Most digital cameras can take better photos than most cell phones, too. You can also take many more photos, and they are safer on a sim card than on your phone. Plus, most cameras are more water resistant than cell phones, and your phone will be safer in your beach bag or hotel room if you’re going out to the beach or pool.
A travel Steamer
This small, and light-weight tool is an inexpensive way to ensure that everyone is wrinkle-free for the big day. Many hotels will offer pressing services, but every time you move your wedding dress, you’re taking a chance on snags, dirt, stains, burns, and more. With a travel steamer, you can give it a quick once-over fright from the room, and share it with others as well. You can order one on Amazon for under $30, and it will come straight to your house. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time for delivery before you depart.
Spare nail polish
Don’t take a chance on walking down the aisle with a chipped nail. Bring a bottle of your color of choice so that you can do touch-ups if necessary. If you’re having your nails done in your wedding destination you can still bring your own polish for the manicurist to use. It also ensures you end up with the right color in case your nail salon has limited selections.
People often save this for last, and often arrive in Los Cabos planning to write them once they get checked in. Then one thing leads to another, it’s suddenly the night before the wedding, and still no vows. Nothing is more stressful than having such an important part of the wedding ceremony hanging over your head. Don’t put yourself through the stress of procrastinating. Write them ahead of time and email yourself and your wedding planner backup copy.
Once you arrive in Cabo, the only thing that should be left on your check list … Have fun! Don’t get so caught-up in the tasks and planning that you forget this is a celebration of love, family, and friends. Get your checklist checked, and then put your toes in the sand for some fun and relaxation before the big day.
This article was featured in the April 2016 issue of Destino Los Cabos.