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Honeymoon Packing List…Ha, Yeah Right

You know those posts that detail every little new thing you should buy for a vacation or a honeymoon?

Or my favorite ones that refer to their list as honeymoon essentials.

This Tried & Tested: Honeymoon Fashion Essentials article tells me that I need the following:

  • eye-catching carryalls (are those purses?)
  • a sultry, yet sweet robe
  • something that screams “newlywed” (my worst nightmare)

Honeymoon Essentials No Bride Should Go Without preaches that I must have:

  • a monogrammed tote
  • another robe
  • and a sweet perfume

10 Things to Put on Your Honeymoon Packing List also suggests perfume and numerous special outfits…

You know what new items I bought to bring on my honeymoon? Two things: one pair of hiking socks and hiking pants.

That’s it.

To be fair, we were honeymooning in Canada and were hiking and lounging most of the time.

But either way, my point is that you don’t need a ton of new stuff for one trip. Use what you have. I had hiking socks, but not enough to go for 7 days. I certainly don’t need “eye-catching carryalls” to celebrate my marriage.

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So here I am casually on top of a glacier wearing my honeymoon pants and socks (more on the glacier part in another post), and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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It was a little cold for teeny tiny bikinis in Canada anyway.

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We definitely did see another couple on the trail in their “newlywed” attire, wearing matching Mr. and Mrs. shirts.

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That’s not our style. I am also wearing my glasses because I legitimately left my contacts back in Chicago.

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So if I did have to make a honeymoon packing list, I would suggest that you make sure you bring all of your visual aids.

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So that you can truly see and enjoy all the scenic views.

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Going Off the Grid on MDW

K jokes with me all the time that I am a terrible naturalist and environmentalist for not loving camping.

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What’s not to love about this though?

I did not grow up camping, so it was something I was never really exposed to. For instance, when I told my mom we had to use a pit toilet and that there were no showers, she proceeded to be extremely grossed out. So that basically explains why I never camped as a kid.

It is not that I don’t love nature, I just want to sleep in a bed and use a real toilet.

Is that too much to ask?

Anyway, myself and 5 others ventured out to Voyageurs National Park in northern Minnesota over Memorial Day Weekend.

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We drove up to Minneapolis Friday night and then drove the rest of the way Saturday morning.

While Saturday had beautiful weather, the forecasted weather for the rest of the weekend made us change our plans up a bit.

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To prepare for the onslaught of rain that was going to be coming, we rigged a tarp up in the trees to give us a dry space to hang out that was not our tents.

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It worked great! Our food prep area and firewood stayed dry. We spent both evenings under it playing cards around the picnic table.

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Luckily we did have the good weather Saturday before the rain came. Some of our group canoed and some of us hiked.

My phone had died by Saturday night and I did not charge it again until I got home Monday night. It was a cool experiment to be without my phone for that long.

That is also why I only have pictures from the first day we were there!

Anyway, I don’t think this will be the last time I go sleep under the stars, but I will enjoy the modern luxuries of a bed and toilet until then.