Cook Islands Honeymoon - Couple at the Beach

Beach, please! You have your airline tickets and hotel reservations, but packing for your tropical honeymoon goes beyond the basics. Before you sink your toes in the sand and grab a chilled cocktail, pack up the following for the best vacay in paradise.

The Right Wardrobe

Ready to rock that cute new bikini 24/7? We don’t blame you! While a tropical honeymoon is a great excuse to buy new swimwear, it’s also a good idea to pack a set of day-to-night clothes. Simple sundresses make the perfect cover-ups to wear to the beach, and with the right accessories, you can easily dress them up for a night out. Colors to consider: bright colors, tropical prints and of course, bridal white.

Sun Protection

Go ahead and soak up some rays, but whatever you do, don’t skip the SPF! Dermatologist-recommended sunscreen, polarized sunglasses and obviously a cute sun hat are key items for achieving that sun kissed glow. For a little more help, bring along hydrating hair oil, tinted lip balm with SPF protection, and in case of burn, plenty of aloe.

Cook Islands Honeymoon - Lagoon Passage to One Foot Island

Entertainment Essentials

If your tropical honeymoon itinerary mostly consists of laying out, expect plenty of downtime. Besides listening to the sounds of the ocean, create a few playlists ahead of time and invest in a waterproof Bluetooth speaker or headphones. Pack your favorite books, a beach ball and even an inflatable cooler for drinks - now you’ve successfully planned the perfect beach day!

Lounging Around

Upgrade your beach towels with lounge gear that’s so comfortable, you’ll never want to leave. Invest in items you can reuse later for camping, picnics or other outdoor activities back home. Backpack foldaway chairs, a portable hammock and inflatable floats (perfect for sand and water!) are just a few ideas to consider.

Tech Savvy

Nobody likes dealing with a dying phone battery, so you can’t forget about your app accessories either. A solar powered phone charger is a great investment for any outdoor trip like your beach getaway. If your phone camera won’t suffice for all those Insta-worthy moments, bring along an underwater camera (most convenience stores sell disposable options) or a GoPro for some incredible diving snapshots.

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