The reality of packing up for a honeymoon in Napa Valley is that it doesn’t sound romantic at all. But hey, you want your honeymoon in the Wine Country to be perfect, something which you will definitely remember for a lifetime.
You want to make your Napa honeymoon as smooth and as hassle-free as possible, so when you plan it before or after the wedding, make a list of the essential items (and then some).
Aside from the proper travel identification and health insurance documents, especially when you’re flying from another country, you also need to bring cash and/or credit cards, tourist or hotel contact information, transportation tickets, and a list of emergency contacts.
Toiletries are definitely not to be forgotten. You want to keep yourself clean, looking good, and smelling as fresh as possible even when you’re haggard or jet-lagged. Bring any of the following: napkins, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss, hair comb and/or brush, hair ties, shampoo, conditioner, makeup, sunscreen, lotion, and some other things that might have slipped out of your mind.
Today’s technology definitely enhances our activities when traveling. When packing for a Napa holiday, be sure not to forget any of these technology essentials: a smartphone, an iPad (or an Android tablet or an e-reader), their corresponding chargers, power banks, camera, or an action camera (like a Go-Pro), adapters, and electrical converters.
It’s also good to have a carry-on day bag with you as you will leave your luggage in the hotel suite. This bag will carry the essential things you’ll need on a day trip or on wine tours, such as cash and/or credit card, a smart phone, hand sanitizer, a comb, or lip balm. Napa Valley has also gained popularity as a spot for hiking and other outdoor sports. So if you and your new spouse are both sporty and like to explore the region’s pretty-looking hiking trails, you should carry a backpack and outdoor essentials such as a sunscreen, an insect repellent, a mat, a bottle of water, and some munchies to get you through the day. You should also wear your best hiking shoes or boots to protect your feet against possible rocky or muddy trails.
And last but not least; clothes are one of an essential items you should carry. The type of clothes that you will carry depends on the weather of your intended destination. Napa Valley has a Mediterranean-type climate, which is characterized by warm, sunny summers and relatively mild winters. However, the region may experience swings in daytime temperature in those seasons. So the best bet is to carry comfortable light clothes and some thick clothing (such as sweaters and cardigans).
Since the chunk of your activities in Napa Valley consists of wine tours and wine tastings, you can expect to do a lot of walking. Many wineries have tasting rooms that require you to stand. Plus, these tours would last from over an hour or two, and a lot of walking and standing could make your feet sore. That’s why it’s important that you should wear comfortable closed shoes, flats or wedges to keep your feet safe and comfortable.
Early mornings are always cool in Napa, no matter the season. Sometimes, it can feel like it’s freezing cold. If you plan to have a sunrise hot air balloon ride with Balloons Above the Valley (BATV) remember you have to wear the right clothing because really, it’s quite cold up there. You will want to dress in layers of clothing to ward off the coolness brought by the early morning breeze. It’s also important to wear only closed and flat shoes that will keep your feet from possible minor injuries, and make climbing in and out of the hot air balloon basket much easier. Could you possibly do that when you’re wearing high heels?
Carrying the things that you need will lead to an enjoyable and fuss-free honeymoon in Napa Valley. Remember to wear the right attire when you are going for a hot air balloon adventure with Balloons Above the Valley so that it will make your airborne journey trouble-free, relaxing, fun, and memorable.