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Tools & Tips

So you're planning your honeymoon? Congratulations! The honeymoon is an important part of the wedding experience, and a much-needed escape after months of exciting, yet exhausting, wedding planning.


A honeymoon can be a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Begin your honeymoon planning here, and find information on your honeymoon planning calendar, packing for your honeymoon, some photography tips, and more importantly on how to avoid honeymoon mishaps.


Check out these tips from The Honeymoon Planner!

» Honeymoon Calendar

Six Months or More Ahead:

  • Set a budget:

- Start trading honeymoon fantasies. Where do you want to go? What do you want to do?   - Bat around destination possibilities, troll our web site, talk to us, and poll friends for ideas.
- If the price tag for your dream trip is off the charts, brainstorm ways to save money.
- Investigate what your frequent flyer point balance can buy you and/or research honeymoon gift list options with us.
- Book your tickets, get seat assignments, order special in-flight meals, and check luggage allowances, especially if you're carting skis or scuba gear.
- Research hotels, check room availability, and reserve a room.
- If you're traveling abroad -- and feeling ambitious -- sign up for a foreign-language class or buy a language course book and start practicing at home or on your way to work.
- Check whether certain vaccinations are recommended or required before visiting your  destination as some programs need to start months in advance of your trip.

Three Months Ahead:

Make sure your passports are valid for at least six months from your travel date and check with us the documents required for getting entry visas to your selected destination.


Two Months Ahead:
- Buy a camera and luggage and practice using your camera and make sure it's working properly.
- Book tours, theater tickets, hot restaurant seats, and any other activities that require advance reservations, earlier if you're traveling during peak season.
- Get certified to scuba dive or begin lessons for any other activity you hope to pursue on your trip.


One Month Ahead:
- Make a packing and shopping list.
- Reconfirm all reservations.


Two Weeks Ahead:
- Pick up airline tickets and all applicable vouchers from our company. Read all material carefully to make sure the information is correct. If not, we can correct it.
- Buy travelers' cheques; stow numbers some place safe in case they are lost or stolen.
- Exchange about $100 into small bills in the currency of the country you'll be visiting. There is usually an exchange counter or ATM at the airport, but it can be nice to have cash in hand (it will also help you get used to the exchange rate so it doesn't just feel like "meaningless" Monopoly money).


One Week Ahead:
- Make two / three sets of photocopies of your passport, credit cards, insurance, traveler cheque numbers, basically any paperwork people would need if your wallet were stolen or something happened to you. Give one set each to a parent and/or a relative or friend, pack one set in your luggage, and leave one set in your safe deposit box.
- If your guidebook weighs a ton, make copies of relevant pages (who needs the hotel section now?) and have them bound at your local copy shop.
- Set out clothes to pack; buy what you need.
- Make sure you have extras of everything you can't live without: migraine tablets, allergy pills, asthma inhaler, glasses or contacts, etc. Carry all medications in their original prescription bottles to avoid questions at customs.


Three Days Ahead:
- Buy books and magazines you would love to read in your trip.
- Check with your mobile service provider the roaming costs at the destination you are going to.
- Make arrangements for your rides to and from the airport in Egypt.
- Leave a copy of your itinerary and a set of house keys with a relative or close friend in case of emergency.
- Check weather forecasts for your destination.
- Change your voicemail and e-mail messages at work.
- Prepare your house or apartment for your departure -- eat or dispose of perishable food, water plants, set timers, etc.


One Day Ahead:
- Make sure your luggage (carry-on and checked) is labeled both on the outside and inside with your name, hotel address, and phone number.


» Honeymoon Packing

When it comes to packing for your honeymoon, you can never be too prepared, right? Not so! Tote too much, and an unwieldy bag will bog you down. Take too little, and you end up buying what you didn't bring. The solution? Our bare-bones honeymoon packing checklist will keep you covered for emergencies and help you sail through your honeymoon with ease. (Note: Buy *travel-sized* items whenever possible.)


• Airline tickets or e-ticket confirmations.
• Passports.
• Local and international driving licenses if you are planning to rent a car.
• Credit cards (take only those you'll need).
• Hotel confirmations and vouchers.
• Traveler's cheques.
• Travel insurance documents.
• A copy of your honeymoon itinerary.
• Cash money.
• Two sets of photocopies of all of the above, plus a photocopy of related medical and/or trip insurance coverage and prescriptions (carry one set with you, leave one in the hotel room).
• Phone numbers for your doctor and credit card companies (in case your cards are lost or stolen).
• Medical prescriptions.
• Travel locks (combination lock recommended -- no key to lose!).
• ID tags for luggage (inside and out).
• Camera.


Her Stash for a Week (tweak for destination, activities, season):
• One pair jeans or khakis (for cold airports and the plane).
• One light jacket or pullover (take one that can be tied around the waist or stuffed in a backpack).
• One nice sundress.
• One little black dress.
• One cardigan (for chilly restaurants).
• Four play shirts (T-shirts, tank tops, short-sleeve button-downs).
• Two pairs shorts.
• Two swimsuits.
• One swimsuit cover-up.
• One pair walking shoes/sandals.
• One pair evening shoes/sandals.
• One evening purse.
• Extra socks and underwear.
• Bras (strapless and otherwise).
• Accessories (scarves and jewelry to "stretch" your wardrobe).


His Stash for a Week (tweak for destination, activities, season):
• One pair jeans or khakis.
• One pair nice slacks.
• One light jacket or pullover (take one that can be tied around the waist or stuffed in a backpack).
• Four play shirts (T-shirts or short-sleeve button-downs).
• Two pairs shorts.
• Two polo or button-down short-sleeve shirts.
• One sports jacket (for nicer restaurants).
• One swimsuit.
• One pair walking shoes/sandals.
• One pair lace-ups.
• Extra socks and underwear.


Pack Here -- Don't Buy There:
• Insect repellent (and anti-itch cream for the bugs that break through).
• Sunscreen and lip balm.
• Sunglasses.
• Sun hat or baseball cap.
• Band-Aids.
• Aspirin.
• Antacid.
• Antihistamine.
• Diarrhea medicine.
• Motion sickness medicine.
• Paperback books (you can leave them in the hotel library once you've read).
• Canvas tote bag for beach or pool (also good for carrying souvenirs home).
• Guidebook.
• Electrical converter/adapter if needed.


Bathroom Basics:
• Travel-size toothpaste.
• Toothbrushes.
• Deodorant.
• Cosmetics.
• Make-up remover.
• Cotton balls and swabs.
• Comb/brush.
• Hair gel/spray.
• Nail file/clippers.
• Shaving cream.
• Razors.
• Contact lens and re-wetting solution, storage case.
• Hair accessories.


Optional Items (your hotel / resort may provide):
• Shampoo and conditioner.
• Body lotion.
• Hair dryer.
• Shower cap.
• Alarm clock.


Handy Extras:
• Extra pair of glasses/contacts, asthma inhaler, and the like.
• Ziplock bags (all sizes; use for packing wet swimsuits or protecting camera when it rains).
• Earplugs.
• Sewing kit.
• Shout Wipes.
• Anti-bacterial liquid or lotion.
• Waist pack (to keep money handy and in sight).
• Small backpack(s) for day excursions.
• One pair old sneakers or Keds that can get wet or ruined (if you're traveling to the tropics).
• One pair workout sneakers and 2-3 workout outfits if you plan on visiting the resort's gym or jogging on the beach.
• Swiss Army knife.
• Compact umbrella or rain ponchos.


Leave Behind With Family or Friends:
• Your honeymoon itinerary and hotel phone numbers.
• Photocopies of your passport, credit cards, and traveler's cheque receipts.

» Honeymoon Photography Tips

The key to great travel pictures?  Take as many as you can -- you never know what unexpected detail or meaningful moment you'll capture. Digital cameras have made it easier than ever to snap an album's worth in a minute, but even if you're using a film camera, don't be afraid to take it now and throw out your no-good shots later.


This capture-it-all strategy will help keep you from taking the same-old photos that'll start your friends snoring ("Here's us with the Parthenon") and make sure you get the fresh, candid stuff you'll have the most to say about ("Here's the open-air market we found while we were out walking one morning -- and here's Susan with the old lady who sold the most amazing olives!"). You'll also catch each other with more natural expressions than the strained smiles you might remember from childhood vacation photos.


The other critical point to consider: treat your camera right. Sun, sand, and surf are not your camera's friends. If you've got a digital camera, make sure you've got a case that'll survive your trip (camping and outdoors stores usually have the most hardy); if you're going to use film, unless you're using a pro-quality camera consider bringing along a few disposable cameras instead. And keep your camera and film in your carry-on -- the x-rays used for passenger luggage are safer than those used for checked baggage.

» How to Avoid Honeymoon Mishaps

Here's how to deal if you find yourself in a jam abroad.


Every pair of newlyweds deserves a perfect honeymoon, but sometimes the fates just do not cooperate. Here's how to handle some common honeymoon mishaps -- or avoid the trouble altogether!


You Lose Your Passport:
Before you travel, make copies of your passport. Leave one copy in your room, keep one in your pocket, and give another to a friend or family member at home. You won't be able to leave the country without an actual passport, but a copy might make getting a new one a lot smoother.


If your passport is lost or stolen, go to the Egyptian embassy as soon as possible.


You Get Sick:
Falling ill in a foreign country can be scary. If you're seriously sick, don't hesitate to go to the hospital; your hotel should be able to get help the quickest. If you don't need emergency treatment but could still use some meds, use a guidebook to translate and write down your symptoms, and then head to a pharmacy. Hand the paper to the pharmacist -- you don't want to take a chance mispronouncing your maladies.


If you're traveling to an exotic locale, lessen the chances of getting sick by obtaining the appropriate vaccinations and medications. Before you go, research recommended vaccinations and visit your doctor two months in advance to get the right meds.


You Get Lost:
If you're in a city and you've lost your way, don't panic. Your best bet is to look for or ask directions to a major road. A city's mass transit usually runs along busier streets, so if you can't spot a subway or metro stop, just wait for a city bus to drive by. Take it to the next stop and check the bus map to get your bearings and find your way.


You Miss Your Flight Home:
An extra day's vacation isn't always a blessing. If you've missed your flight, talk to an airline representative right away and call your hotel to put a room on hold in case you won't be able to fly out that day. If your flight was canceled and you find yourself in line with everyone else who was supposed to be on your plane, the airlines may pay for your room (but you probably won't get to pick where you stay), but you should reserve a room at your hotel just in case to guarantee you won't be stranded.


If you are booking your honeymoon with us, we will certainly be able to help you wherever you are through our representatives in the destination you are visiting. All what you have to do is just give us a call to explain what went wrong.