Keep calm and carry-on with these five packing essentials. (Photo: Alamy)
Your dress is pressed, your caterers are booked and your venue is waiting. You’re all set for your destination wedding, right? Not so fast. The last thing you need to check off your list is packing a killer carry-on. Include these essentials in case you should run into any matrimonial mishaps.
1. Extra Set of Clothes
Whether it’s a pair of yoga pants or your next favorite jeans, make sure to throw an extra outfit in your carry-on. That way, if your flight gets delayed or you spill your coffee, you’ve got a backup plan. Include a lighter sweater, too, in case it gets chilly on the plane.
2. Copies of Important Documents
One of the most essential things to pack in your carry-on is a folder containing extra copies of all of your important documents. From passports and birth certificates to marriage licenses and maps, having an extra paper copy of something is never a bad idea. Just make sure that you keep them safely secured and clipped together.
3. All Electronic Chargers
Keeping your all of the chargers for your electronic devices in your checked bag won’t do you much good when your phone dies at the gate. Roll them up and stick them in an easily accessible spot. Travel is often unpredictable, so you’ll want your phone charged and ready to go if something needs to be quickly communicated.
4. Rain Gear
Purchase a small, compact umbrella to stick in your bag in case you arrive at your destination and it’s raining cats and dogs. Rain ponchos and windbreakers often roll up easily, so it wouldn’t hurt to stick some of those in there, too. Bring a few plastic bags for any items you need to cover up and protect.
This is a no-brainer, but throwing a bag of trail mix or a few bananas in your bag can go a long way. Imagine being stuck in the terminal at 2:00 a.m. with nothing to munch on. Airport restaurants and convenient stores don’t always stay open late, so it’s better to be safe (and full) than sorry (and hangry). Now that you’re a packing pro, check out our image for more destination wedding tips!