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Here's to the little things.

Open Bag Policy: Honeymoon Essentials

As mentioned in my last post, Adam and I are preparing to head to St. Lucia for a whole week! We delayed our honeymoon for SEVEN months to save money/accrue time off/be responsible grown-ups and now the trip is finally here. We scored big with a Groupon Getaway and I am extremely excited. Neither of us has ever been to the Caribbean.

One of the benefits of delaying our honeymoon is that over the past few months, I've been able to collect tips and tricks for travel. I've done a fair amount of traveling (we both studied abroad in Europe for a semester), but I still find it interesting and helpful when fellow bloggers (first time I've ever typed that!) give you a glimpse into their travel essentials - be it a work-week purse or a carry-on bag.

To debut our new camera and add to the conversation, I wanted to provide a look into my carry-on bag.

Unfortunately, a new, better camera does not equal magical photography skills, so please bear with me! I'm looking forward to developing my photography skills in the coming months.

A whole lot of stuff fits into that bag! I've included:

  • Bikini (Target)
  • Sleep clothes
  • Brush and toiletries (in 3 oz. or smaller containers)
  • Sunnies (Target)
  • Books (I'm reading The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, and Persuasion by Jane Austen)
  • Kindle Fire (with Frommer's guide loaded!)
  • Notebook (from Target - it's made of recycled paper) and pen
  • Gluten-free snacks: candy, pretzels, Kind Bars
  • Socks - it's so cold on planes!
  • Bandanna - as an emergency tissue, washcloth, etc.
  • Excedrin
  • Hair clip
  • Chico Bag collapsible Messenger10 rePETe bag to use as a purse/beach tote on the island
  • Travel wallet with reservation info, boarding pass, passport, money and photo ID. I ordered my adorable chevron wallet from dcbijou on Etsy and it's so cute and well made. I selected my colors (coral chevron exterior, teal solid interior), but she also has some pre-made options.
  • Not pictured: re-usable water bottle to fill up past the security check-point. I'll do almost anything to avoid buying bottled water - it's such an expensive, wasteful habit that is so bad for the environment.
What are your carry-on essentials? Did I miss anything? My mom can't fly without Dramamine, but I luckily don't get motion sick on planes.

I'm ready for the tarmac. I'll be back post-honeymoon to share where we stayed, what we did and where we ate. See you soon!