You’ve looked at and thought about every detail of your wedding so when the big day comes everything is perfect. Well, planning your honeymoon in South America isn’t any different; you have to schedule tours, hotels, flights, and maybe learn a few basic Spanish phrases. But couples often forget to prepare for one important step before taking off: packing!
For many couples, this is their first time visiting the region, so it can be tricky to know what else to take besides clothes and a camera to capture every moment. Depending on the activities you’re planning to do and in which time of year you’re going, the contents of your suitcases may look a bit different. Here are our suggestions.
No matter where you choose to spend your honeymoon, you’re sure to find many adventures waiting for you. South America is home to 4 of the 17 megadiverse countries in the world. To us, that means there are endless possibilities to explore the region, sometimes in ways you never even thought about. Like sailing to the Palomino Islands in Peru and meeting sea lions, or enjoying the magnificent view after hiking to the top of Baú Stone in São Paulo.
Because of that biodiversity, you may find that packing these items is essential so you can enjoy your trip without unexpected issues:
-Biodegradable sunscreen (protects you and the environment)
-Rain jacket (just in case)
-Swimsuits for water activities
-Sunglasses and hats
-Light clothing (varies with weather)
If getting to know the people and different cultures of South America is more of your thing, then exploring the main cities and towns has to be part of your plan. This is where you can really experience the country like a true local and learn about its history. For this type of honeymoon, we recommend taking:
-Comfortable shoes and clothes (you’ll probably walk around a lot)
-A good camera – most cell phones today do the job just fine, but for all photography lovers out there, be prepared, because South America is full of amazing photo opportunities
-Reusable water bottle – not only is it an eco-friendly choice but a convenient one
-Rain jacket or umbrella (just in case)
Wherever you go in Latin America, there are some things you don’t want to leave behind:
-Passports and other documents
-Chargers and adapters
-Contact list for tour guides, hotels, emergency and other important numbers
-Currency from the country you’re visiting (some of the most touristy places may accept dollars, but it never hurts to be prepared in case they don’t)
-Mini first-aid kit
Also, going to South America means tasting different flavors and seasonings you may not be used to. But that’s no reason to stop yourself from enjoying tasty dishes, so it’s a good idea to prepare your body for the adventure to come. Check out our blog on how to avoid food poisoning abroad.
We’re here to help! If you need any other piece of advice before your honeymoon in beautiful South America, send us a message and schedule a free 30-minute session with us! We’re happy to share our knowledge with fellow travelers.