What to Pack in Your Destination Wedding Emergency Kit

Things don't always go to plan on your wedding day. At any wedding, it's a great idea to have a bridesmaid or relative carry an emergency kit for you.

Things don't always go to plan on your wedding day. At any wedding, it's a great idea to have a bridesmaid or relative carry an emergency kit for you. But at a destination wedding, it's even more important. You're probably not in familiar surroundings and you might not know where to get the things you need at the last minute, so pack your kit at home to make sure you've got everything in advance. Being prepared for any hiccups means you can relax, knowing that you've got a solution for almost anything that might crop up.

The following is a checklist of everything you should include in your emergency kit. This can also make a great gift for a bride from her bridal party!

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The essentials:

  • An easy-access list of important phone numbers with international codes - including family, the wedding party, your driver, wedding vendors, hotel, photographer, etc.
  • Passport - in a safe place!
  • Phone and charger.
  • Local currency - find out whether it's customary to tip where you're going and if it is, make sure you have tips prepared in envelopes for each of your suppliers. Bring along a little extra for any emergencies, too.
  • Directions, maps and addresses for the wedding ceremony and reception.
  • Tissues - not just for tears, but also for absorbing excess oil or sweat before photos.

For touch ups:

  • Eye makeup - in case you get teary.
  • Eye drops - for red eyes following tears.
  • Eyelash glue - if you plan on wearing false eyelashes.
  • Pressed powder - to prevent shine.
  • Concealer - especially when it's hot or we are dehydrated, makeup has a way of disappearing from the places we need it most.
  • Lipstick - everyone wants a kiss from the bride, so touch ups will definitely be necessary.
  • Paw paw cream - great for cracked lips, bites, itches, chafing - almost anything!
  • Makeup remover wipes or baby wipes - these can also serve as a nice cool cloth if someone is feeling hot or sweaty, and are great if your champagne glass overflows and you need to get rid of sticky hands.
  • Compact mirror.
  • Extra earring backs.
  • Nail polish in the shade that will be worn.
  • Nail file.
  • Nail glue (if wearing false nails).
  • Deodorant and perfume.

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For your hair:

  • Bobby pins and hair clips - even though you'll probably have plenty in your hair already, you don't want to try pulling any out when there are hair malfunctions as this could just make the problem worse.
  • Hair brush / comb.
  • Travel size hair spray.
  • Mini curling iron or straightener - curls often don't last long, especially in high humidity. Get a curling iron with a quick heat up time and you can touch up the hair around your face so that you look fresh for your photos and your reception. If you're handy with a GHD, these are multi purpose - perfect for getting rid of frizz, curling and straightening.

For eating and drinking:

  • Drinking straws - to avoid messing up lipstick.
  • Breath mints - for the first kiss.
  • Snacks - such as granola bars, trail mix or muesli bars for extra energy at long photo shoots. Make sure you pick something that doesn't melt and won't spill or get crumbs all over your dress. Break off pieces rather than biting into them so as not to get food stuck in the front of your teeth or ruin your makeup.
  • Bottled water or gatorade - a nice idea is to get some matching reusable water bottles for your bridal party so that your photos won't feature branded bottles - and they can be refilled throughout the day so you only have to carry one each.

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For the dress and tux:

  • A satin coathanger - this will look beautiful when hanging your dress up in photos.
  • Stain remover stick or wipes.
  • Salt - for red wine stains.
  • White chalk - to cover any spots that might show on your dress at the last minute.
  • Lint roller - often needed for mens suits before photo shoots.
  • A pair of flat shoes - you don't want your heels sinking into the sand at beach photo shoots!
  • Safety pins - in a variety of sizes. These come in handy in so many cases, including if a dress rips, if something is too long or too big, or if a bra strap keeps slipping down, or for corsages.
  • Sewing kit - small scissors, thread matching gowns and suits of wedding party, needles, and buttons. It's amazing how often these need to be used as hook and eyes come apart, buttons pop off, dresses get ripped, straps are too long, or hems are stepped on and fall down.
  • Hollywood tape - for holding up slippery dresses, and also as a faster fix for ripped hems.


  • Dental floss or toothpicks.
  • Mouthwash.
  • Tampons or panty liners.
  • Tweezers.
  • Hand towel - to put around your neck to avoid stains when applying makeup or hair spray.

For outdoor weddings:

  • Sunscreen.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Insect repellant.
  • Umbrella - one that you wouldn't mind featuring in some of your photos!

For first aid:

  • Band-Aids - a lot of people are likely to be wearing new shoes, and these will come in handy for blisters.
  • Anti-diarrhea medication.
  • Paracetamol - headaches are so common, from all the pins in your hair or dehydration.
  • Antihistamines - for when the bug repellant doesn't work.
  • Cold remedies.
  • Extras of any prescription medications.

Other items you may not have thought of:

  • Super glue - for shoe heels, decorations, even jewels.
  • Matches.
  • Small pad and pen.
  • White garbage bags - these are great for any outdoor photos if it has been raining. Safety pin a few garbage bags around the bottom of your dress. Don't worry if they show a little bit - they can be removed in photoshop.
  • Extra batteries and memory cards - if you are taking your own digital camera.


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