Honeymoon Packing List

As you guys know, I recently got back from my honeymoon. We went to Tanzania - a week in the central region of the mainland on safari (mostly in the Serengeti), and then a week out on the beaches of Zanzibar. The final two days of our safari was to be spent in Istanbul, which was snowy the week before we left. We did it all in carry-on luggage, which was a huge accomplishment, given I had no idea what I'd really need on safari, and I wanted to feel pretty on my honeymoon. I had a mini meltdown the night before we left town for the wedding because I felt like I'd look dirty and disgusting the entire time we were in Africa. Travis pointed out that I was insane, and we decided to stick with carry-on luggage instead of adding more so that I could take excess makeup, jewelry, and outfit choices. One quick note: we didn't ever make it to Istanbul, as our flights out of Africa were cancelled due to a huge snowstorm in Turkey. So we never wore the 2 key things we brought for that part of the trip (a pair of jeans and a puffy jacket) even though they are in the packing list, since we did take them with us.

Packing Tips: 

1. Layers: We knew that the safari could have cooler mornings and nights and yet reach 95 degrees during the day, so I needed to be able to layer. In addition, I wanted to be able to wear some pieces from our safari on Zanzibar, where it would be 90 degrees all day every day. Packing items that could layer was key. Plus, in Turkey, we'd need something to keep us warm in the snow. 

2. Rewear: We asked for some key gear for our honeymoon for Christmas, and we were lucky enough to get some of it. The rest of it we purchased or borrowed from my parents. Ex Officio gear was key, as we could shower in the underwear and it would dry overnight, ready to wear again the next day. We also had some of the items that come with bug repellent built in, which helped Travis a ton. I get eaten alive whenever bugs are near, so it didn't help me much. 

3. Half the stuff, double the money: I can't tell you how many people gave us this advice, and they were so right. A tiny carry-on bug spray was plenty, as we could easily buy more when we arrived. Same applied to sunscreen and other toiletries. And I knew that I'd be able to buy dresses wherever we were, so I didn't need to worry about not having enough clothes; I'd be able to find what I didn't bring.

What We Packed:


not pictured: ex officio underwear (4), bra (1 regular, 1 sports), leggings (1), sleep shorts (1), scarf (1), beanie (1), jeans (1), Uniqlo puffer coat (1), bug-repellent socks (3), swim cover-up (1), tapered cargo pants (1)



Not pictured: khaki shorts (1), tank top (1), bug-repellent socks (3), jeans (1), Uniqlo puffer coat (1), long-sleeve tee (2), hiking boots, baseball cap (1), swim trunks (1)


How we wore it:

On safari, we quickly learned that while it was hot out, shorts and a t-shirt was a bad idea because of how intense the sun was, so we wore the same outfit the entire time - long pants, and a long-sleeved button-down lightweight shirt. Some days we wore hiking boots, some days we wore sandals. It was extremely dusty, so that way just one outfit got filthy and the rest of our clothes stayed (mostly) clean. In the evenings on safari, we'd wear shorts or another pair of pants we had brought with a long-sleeved shirt, mostly just to protect from bugs.

On Zanzibar, we spent most of the time on the beach, so Trav lived in one of his two pair of swim trunks, and I was in one of three swim suits I took. For breakfast, we'd wear shorts and a tee over them, and then during the rest of the day, just a tank or cover-up. For dinners, I alternated between two outfits - a maxi skirt + Everlane tee, or a maxi dress with birkenstocks. I brought one necklace, and then bought one while I was there, and that's how I dressed it up. Pretty simple. 

Thoughts/Advice:
1. I had a really hard time finding fashionable packing lists for safaris, but frankly, you don't have to be wearing anything you don't already own. A pair of khakis, a long-sleeved light-weight button down, and some sandals, and you'd be just fine. Don't overthink it.
2. We paid our resort in Zanzibar to wash a few Everlane t-shirts, as we'd worn them a bunch and were planning to continue wearing them, and that was way easier and more cost-effective than paying to check bags and lugging around a ton of extra stuff.
3. We didn't wear everything that we brought, but I'm okay with that. We felt prepared, and since we were out in fairly remote areas, that reduced stress. Besides the super-cold-weather gear we brought, I didn't wear my leggings, and Travis didn't wear one of his long-sleeved shirts.

Let me know if you have questions in the comments; I'm happy to provide some more details!