Whether you're in the bridal party or a wedding guest, you should be prepared when it comes to attending a destination wedding. Depending on the location, the comforts and ease of going to a store or shop nearby might not be an option so it's important to pack accordingly.
Here are three essentials you should bring with you to any destination wedding:
1) Sunscreen and Bug Spray: Not all sunscreens and bug repellent sprays are created equal. Bring what works for you and don't rely on buying these types of things at the destination location or resort you're staying at unless you're willing to fork up at least double what you'd normally pay. Plus nothing ruins a good trip more than a bad sunburn or being tattooed with insect bites!
2) Medication: This one is obvious but bringing your own personal prescriptions as well as any other "just in case," medications such as aspirin, allergy tablets, cold/cough medicine is an absolute must. I even make sure to bring cough drops and hydrocortisone because you never know what you'll need. Oh and don't forget a first aid kit!
3) Wedding Attire: It's hard to believe but people sometimes forget that the reason they're going on this trip is to attend a wedding. If you're headed to a beach destination, of course you don't want to forget your swimsuit and flip flops but while you're packing your bags, make sure the first thing you set aside is proper wedding attire. Check and see if the bride and groom have made any special requests on what to bring or wear -- some couples will ask their guests not to wear white or light colored tones and of course you'll also need to dress accordingly in terms of the overall mood -- casual, semi-casual, formal, etc.
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About me: I am a former BDW Bride AKA as MarieSam and was addicted to this forum as I planned my own wedding in 2009. Since 2010, I have been the proud owner of MarieSam Sanchez Photography -- a husband and wife photography team based in Southern California and documenting love all over the world.