The one trip in your life that you really, really don’t want anything to go wrong on is likely your honeymoon. As your first big trip together as husband and wife, this most likely will rank as one of the most memorable and cherished vacations of your lifetime.
That being said, the unexpected tends to happen at the most inopportune moment, especially when you already have a long checklist of items to remember on wedding day, so being prepared for those little hiccups in advance can really save you a lot of heartache and angst!
With this in mind, I chatted with Alexandra Tucker, honeymoon specialist with AAA Travel of East Tennessee, to discover what the top ten items are that you must have handy when traveling for your honeymoon after your Tennessee wedding!
1. A carry-on.
Are you flying to your honeymoon destination? If so, don’t forego this much-needed piece of luggage. It should be packed with your essentials and valuables, as if you were packing an overnight bag for a couple of days and nights away from home.
2. Your travel agent’s number.
When planning the most important trip of your life to date, why wouldn’t you use the complimentary services of a travel agent? Their services are totally free to you, and they are experts at finding the best deals and spots to stay. A travel agent like Alexandra can assist you with potentially catastrophic events – like flight delays, cancellations, lost or damaged suitcases, and lost or stolen Passports. Also leave a copy of your travel agent’s number with your friends and family for good measure!
3. Emergency numbers.
This includes medical emergencies and other much-needed numbers in case something happens where you or someone else needs to reach a friend, family member, or professional quickly. Like the travel agent’s number, leave this list with your family and friends, too.
4. Local information.
Chances are, you will have done your homework before heading out on your honeymoon, but some items to keep handy while traveling include local contacts, transportation information, etc. Alex details that she meets with couples one to two weeks before the big trip to walk them through everything about the destination with a step-by-step intro on what to expect while there.
5. Your Passport or government-issued photo ID.
Definitely don’t forget these before attempting to cross any borders! In addition, you should keep a copy of each separate from the bag you’re carrying the actual documents in. They can serve as ID in a pinch when something happens to the originals.
The world runs on money, so don’t overlook this important detail. Take a credit card and cash in the local currency so that you have liquid funds easily available for payments or emergencies.
7. Travel insurance.
Definitely chat with you travel agent about having a policy in place prior to traveling! You never know when the unexpected can occur, and this can save you a big headache (and money) if it does.
8. A copy of your marriage license.
Take this with you on your honeymoon so that you can take advantage of the free upgrades at your resort and other places catering to newlyweds!
9. Outlet adapters.
Chat with your travel agent if you’re unsure as to whether or not you’ll need one at your honeymoon locale.
10. Cell phones.
Just keep in mind that extra fees for different usage rates may show up on your bill if you’re heading out-of-country for your destination!
After going through the top ten items, Alexandra also described a few things you shouldn’t take while traveling – especially out-of-country. “Don’t take very valuable pieces with you that aren’t essential to travel with, especially if you’re going out-of-country,” she details. She went on to describe that most contracts for protection of goods while traveling and in-room at your resort exclude electronics. “Protect your possessions!” advises Alexandra.
AAA Travel of East Tennessee is practiced at serving you with high-quality information and vacation packages suited to meet any needs, especially those of the biggest trip of your life…your honeymoon! To learn more, visit the AAA Travel of East Tennessee website, and be sure to give Alexandra a call to set up a meeting at (865) 862-9155. Tell her The Pink Bride sent you!
Top image and lower two images courtesy of the AAA Travel of East Tennessee website.
Three middle images courtesy of the AAA Facebook page.