You made it through the wedding, so now comes the relaxing part — your romantic honeymoon in a faraway destination.
But what do you pack and how much do you need? Gone are the days of multiple suitcases stacked at the doorway to accompany you on your flight. With airlines charging fees for checked luggage, today's friendly skies will only allow you just so much, so you'd better make the most of your checked bag and your carry-on.
There are three basic honeymoon destination types: the beach, the mountains and the city. Each one requires careful pre-planning on your part to make sure you have enough, but not so much that you wind up forking over extra cash at your airline's check-in counter.
If the beach is your destination — a great choice for all the northerners who spend most of the winter digging their driveways out from under mounds of snow — there's a chance that you may have to carry on all your items if you or your spouse wants to bring along the golf clubs. But have no fear, it can be done.
"Chances are, you're just going to be at the pool most of the day, so two swimsuits, a wrap or two and flip-flops will take care of most of your daytime needs," says Anne Hankey, a fashion marketing and management instructor at the Illinois Institute of Art/Chicago.
Hankey also suggests neutral T-shirts, sexy dresses that can be dressed up or down, shorts, a couple of skirts, and a pair of casual and dressy sandals. Don't forget your sunglasses, a small "statement bag" and a big bag you can use as a carry-on, on the plane and as your beach bag once you get to your destination.
If you have room, Hankey also suggests a big collapsible hat, but you can always buy one when you land.
Black Is Basic
And what do you wear on the plane when you're taking off in sub-zero weather and landing in a heat wave? "My favorite trick is to wear black exercise clothes," says Stephanie Schuller, fashion marketing and management instructor at the institute.
"They'll insulate you, so in cold weather they'll keep you warm, and they can keep you from sweating in warm weather because they are designed to regulate your body temperature when you work out."
If you decide to head to a winter ski resort on your honeymoon, you can still keep your bulkier winter wear to a minimum. Hankey suggests you pack your ski boots with your skis in your checked luggage. "Wear your ski parka on the plane with a nice pair of jeans, a sweater and casual boots."
Bring two pairs of leggings and a few thermal T-shirts to layer under your parka when you hit the slopes and don't forget your socks, gloves and ski goggles.
Schuller also suggests a matte jersey dress that can be rolled up and won't wrinkle for one special night out. Just throw in a pair of dressy heels to wear with the dress and jeans, and a pair of flip-flops for the hot tub, and you're ready to go.
If you decide to jet off to a destination like Paris or Israel for your honeymoon, Schuller stresses you should not forget to bring along a pair of comfortable and stylish shoes on your journey.
Hankey suggests you wear jeans and flats on the plane, along with a simple sweater and dressy jacket or coat. Bring a pashmina in a fashionable bag as your carry-on.
Your suitcase should contain a couple of simple dresses. "Wrap dresses work very well because you can roll them up," says Hankey.
Don't forget your basic black slacks and a variety of thin tops and sweaters that can be dressed up or down. "Jewelry and a Hermes scarf can really transform an outfit," she points out.
No matter the destination, Hankey stresses that you should always take along travel-size toiletries — they're usually under the 3-ounce carry-on limit and take up little room in your checked bags.
Schuller adds, "Don't forget to allow room for souvenirs, because if you over-pack, you can't bring anything new home."
Both Hankey and Schuller have one last piece of advice: Don't forget the lingerie. As Schuller points out, "It's not like it takes up a lot of room."
This article appears in cooperation with ARA Content.