Table of Contents
- 1 The Ultimate Packing List
- 2 Things I Wish I Knew When Planning Bachelorette Party
- 2.1 Avoid Party Fouls With These 13 Not-So-Obvious Bachelorette Party Planning Tips
- 2.2 Don’t Forget Pre-Game Party Essentials Like Cups and Straws
- 2.3 Bring Setup Supplies like Scissors and Tape for Your Party Decor
- 2.4 Create Not Just One, But Two or Three Mood-Based Playlists
- 2.5 Pump Up the Jams with a Bluetooth Speaker and Charger
- 2.6 Make a Short-List of the Best Restaurants and Bars
- 2.7 Bring a Phone Tripod for Your Group Pics
- 2.8 Grab Plenty of Gifts for the Bride... and Don't Forget Gift Wrap.
- 2.9 Make a Comprehensive Grocery List
- 2.10 Be Ready with Downtime Games
- 2.11 Download Must-Have Apps
- 2.12 Designate a Form of Squad Communication
- 2.13 Send Out Important Reminders 48-hours Before The Trip Kicks Off.
- 2.14 Bring a Hangover Cure Kit
- 3 What to Pack for a Bachelorette Party
The Ultimate Packing List
Suppose your anything like us here at Modern MOH, packing for a 3-day weekend is the equivalent of packing for a cross-country move (and yet somehow we always manage to leave something behind). So to keep you from being charged an overweight baggage fee (and having to borrow from your fellow bridesmaids all weekend), we’ve put together a list of bachelorette party packing essentials. Are you searching for the great service to spice up your hens? Then Magic Men is the answer.
Whether you’re celebrating at the beach or headed to chillier temperatures, we’ve included everything you could need for your girls’ getaway.
- Bachelorette party shirts or tanks
- Little black dress (fancy)
- Swing or shirt dress (casual)
- Romper or jumpsuit
- Jeans or shorts
- Yoga pants or leggings
- Comfy tee or top
- Blouse or tank top
- Sweater or jacket
- Bathing suit
- Bras and underwear
- Wedges or heels
- Sandals or flip-flops
- Slip-on (e.g. Vans or Toms)
- Boots or booties
- Jewelry (necklaces/bracelets/earrings)
- Sun hat/Floppy hat/Baseball cap
- Hair ties/Headbands
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Deodorant and body spray/perfume
- Shampoo and conditioner (if not provided)
- Body wash/Soap (if not provided)
- Hairbrush or comb
- Hair straightener and curling iron/wand
- Dry shampoo or any other hair products
- Face wash and moisturiser
- Makeup and brushes/blending sponges
- Makeup remover
- Razor and tweezers
- Q-tips and cotton balls
- Phone/device charger(s)
- Portable speaker
- Kindle/iPad (for the flight)
- Driver’s license/ID
- Passport (if travelling internationally)
- Debit or credit card
- Cash (if preferred)
- Any tickets/confirmation documents (flights/shows/games/etc.)
- Contact lenses/glasses
- Beach bag and towel
- Bug spray
- Any medication(s)
- Drinking games
- Survival kits
P.S. Keep in mind that in this case, less is more. In other words, don’t pack 20 different outfit variations or you’ll be spending hours deciding on what to wear each day. Limit yourself to one or two choices, and you’ll cut you are getting ready time in half.
Things I Wish I Knew When Planning Bachelorette Party
Avoid Party Fouls With These 13 Not-So-Obvious Bachelorette Party Planning Tips
Ready to host a bach and boujee bachelorette weekend? Of course, you are! Everyone knows bachelorette trips are fun and exciting, but logistics play a huge role in the weekend's success. Many of the essential items you need to execute a bach bash are simple and easy to forget. To help ease packing and planning stress, I’ve created a list of not-so-obvious things that I almost forgot when packing for my best friend's weekend getaway. Remember these bachelorette party planning tips and your trip will be uncomplicated and unforgettable!
Don’t Forget Pre-Game Party Essentials Like Cups and Straws
It’s not a bachelorette weekend without your favourite rosé or mocktail! You probably won’t forget the alcohol, but it would be a significant buzzkill (literally) to bypass a bottle opener or festive party cups. If you plan to have a girls’ night or pregame at your hotel or Airbnb, you’ve gotta pack the party essentials that your AirBNB or hotel might not have. Cute party cups, alcohol, mixers, straws and ice are necessities! Don’t know where to look for hens ideas? Check out our packages for ladies night at Magic Men.
Bring Setup Supplies like Scissors and Tape for Your Party Decor
You won’t forget the decorations; you’re better than that! But, what can easily slip your mind is the items needed to hang the ornaments. Be sure to pack scissors, tape and string so that you can secure the decor without having to run to the store when you arrive.
Create Not Just One, But Two or Three Mood-Based Playlists
We know you’ll make a playlist, but we suggest making several. When you have options, you can read the room and pick a playlist that best suits the bride’s mood. Create a chill playlist for the drive or flight and send it to the girls via text message for everyone to listen to on the way! Make a fun throwback playlist for downtime while you decorate, play games, eat and hang out. Finish up with a third pregaming playlist that is sure to get everyone in the mood to party. If you don’t have time to make your own, this is our favourite party playlist; we love this one for downtime and travel.
Pump Up the Jams with a Bluetooth Speaker and Charger
Nothing bums a crowd quite like forgetting to bring a speaker, or, even worse, getting a speaker that dies right in the middle of the Single Ladies chorus. Avoid a significant party foul by remembering to pack a speaker and a charger so that you can fill the room with the bride’s favourite tunes while you’re at the hotel or Airbnb. After all, you worked so hard on those playlists!
Make a Short-List of the Best Restaurants and Bars
The worst thing that can be said on a bachelorette trip is “what should we do?” Don’t wait until the last minute to find the best restaurants and bars in the area. Sometimes, your plans don’t work out, and you’re left in a pinch due to crowded bars, expensive covers, private events or just a mood change. Do a little research ahead of time and make a go-to list of places you can eat and drink in addition to the places you’ve already made reservations for. Be sure to note when they open and close and when they have specials! This way, you’ll keep the party going, have a solid plan B and never miss a happy hour.
Bring a Phone Tripod for Your Group Pics
You’ll be filled with regret (in addition to being hungover - ouch) at the end of the trip if you realise you didn’t get quality pictures to remember the weekend by! A polaroid camera would be a fun addition to snap some cute pics for the bride to take home with her. If you or someone in the group has a tripod, bring that too so that you can take a group picture before hitting the town. If not, here’s a great portable one for your iPhone.
Grab Plenty of Gifts for the Bride... and Don't Forget Gift Wrap.
This weekend is all about the bride-to-be, so pack her lingerie for the shower before you get carried away and forget. Be sure to bring a bag and some tissue to have it wrapped and ready for her when she arrives. Other small gifts like a sash, a veil and a crazy bride straw are fun to have for her to wear too!
Make a Comprehensive Grocery List
If you plan on eating in for any meals, you’ll most likely need to hit the grocery store as soon as you get to town. It may seem obvious, but make sure to take the time before the party creates a list with the essentials you’ll need for snacks, meals and drinks. Don't forget essentials like cute party cups, plates and straws! This way you won’t waste time roaming the store when you could be out running the streets! If you’re worried about making time, you could always have Shipt do your shopping and delivery your groceries while you’re decorating. If you doubt that the AirBNB will have what you need to prepare your meals, then bring your cooking supplies.
Be Ready with Downtime Games
No matter how well you plan, there will always be a little bit of downtime. When you anticipate it, you can fill the gaps with party games. We have a fun selection in our online shop, but you can also download games like Heads Up on the app store to have on your phone just if there is a long wait at a restaurant or lag time before your Uber arrives!
Download Must-Have Apps
Having the right apps helps the weekend be as seamless as possible. Be sure that everyone in your group downloads Splitwise so that you can easily divide up tickets at restaurants and bars. If you don’t already have Venmo, Uber, Lyft, Yelp, Waze, OpenTable, and your airline's app, you should download those too!
Designate a Form of Squad Communication
If you haven’t already done this, go ahead and create a group text of everyone attending the trip. If someone in the group has an Android, you may want to consider using a group messaging app like GroupMe. The group text is the perfect place to send essential information for everyone to see and refer back to throughout the weeks leading up to the trip!
Everyone will be snapping pics throughout the weekend, and it is so fun for the rest of the group to have instant access to the groups' photos. Plus, it helps you avoid having to text or airdrop photos every five seconds. Create a “photo-sharing” album and invite everyone to contribute to it before you go. This way, the bride can collect memories (or blackmail) as the weekend goes along.
Send Out Important Reminders 48-hours Before The Trip Kicks Off.
Speaking of group communication, don’t forget to send out all of the essential details 48 hours before the trip kicked off. Things you should include:
- Hotel or Airbnb address
- Arrival and departure dates and times
- Wifi information
- Parking information
- Must-have packing items
- Summary of the weekend itinerary
A fun way to share the itinerary and necessary details are with a cute bachelorette party invitation that matches your theme.
Bring a Hangover Cure Kit
The sworn hangover enemy is bound to crash your bachelorette party. Be prepared with some hangover cures that will have you bouncing back just in time for brunch. Advil, Tylenol, Gatorade, bottles of water, makeup remover wipes and crackers are just a few things you can have on hand to battle the bottle flu. Most importantly, bring your party pants and some excitement because the weekend is bound to be a blast! If you follow these simple suggestions and you won’t forget half the things that I did!
What to Pack for a Bachelorette Party
Pack the right gear for your bachelorette party to ensure you and your friends have the best weekend. Here's a list of things to bring to a bachelorette party.
Just like any other vacation, a bachelorette party weekend needs a packing list. While the necessary accessories and wardrobe choices may depend on your bachelorette theme or locale, this list will make sure you have all the basics for your weekend. Let the IG likes roll in—here’s everything you need to pack for a bachelorette weekend. We have an exclusive range of hens party services to spice up your girls’ night out at Magic Men.
Much of your bachelorette party outfits will depend on your location and the theme, if applicable. Here, though, are a few must-haves for every party style.
- Bride-To-Be Outfits: This goes for the bride only! Bring at least two outfits that are mainly white to set yourself apart from the rest of your bridal party. If you’re going to the beach, pack a white bathing suit. If you’re headed to the mountains, a fluffy white sweater will do. Otherwise, find a little white dress or romper and wear it around. If you want to stand out, request that the rest of your bridal party avoids white for the weekend.
- Going Out Clothes: If you’re the type of girl who is all about coordination, have a conversation with your party ahead of the weekend. Decide on one night of the weekend for your bridal party to wear similar looks. For example, if you’re wearing white, ask the others to stick to black for one night out. You can also work ahead of time to have matching shirts or bathing suits made for the occasion.
- Dress For The Occasion: As we said, your attire depends on your location, style, and theme. Make sure your bridal party is ready for whatever with the right clothes for the weekend. You’re not going to pack the same outfits for a Vegas weekend as you would for a relaxing spa trip. Think ahead and come prepared.
It’s a celebration after all—decorate for the occasion. Typically whoever plans the bachelorette party (usually the MOH) is responsible for filling the hotel room, Airbnb, or other accommodations with themed decor. Visit our Wedding Shop for tons of bachelorette party decor options.
- In The Room: Make sure to pack garland, balloons, even themed (or humorous) wall decor for the weekend.
- For The Food: Simple decor can be added to spice up an evening out. Head to the restaurant early and cover the table in confetti. If you have a cake, be sure to add a relevant cake topper. And place a chair sash on the bride-to-be’s seat for when she arrives.
- Custom Cups: Keep your bachelorette party sustainable with reusable cups for your bridal party. Monogrammed tumblers or shot glasses are a fun way to keep trash to a minimum. These also serve as fantastic party favours for your group to take home.
- Themed Koozies: In that same vein, custom koozies are a practical way to add a touch of decor and theme to the weekend.
Food & Drink
While you may have dinners, brunches, or meal outings throughout the weekend, don’t underestimate the hunger and thirst of a bachelorette party group.
- Snacks: From frozen meals to fruit to easy-to-grab snacks (like chips) make sure to have enough for late-night meals, pregaming snacks, and morning-after hunger-fixes.
- Alcohol: Avoid spending a large amount of money on drinks solely at bars by having a few drinks at your accommodations. Include a mix of spirits, beer, and wine—and remember to eat while or before drinking.
- Cocktail Mixers: Because nothing ends well by drinking spirits on the rocks or in shot glasses. Have fun with this and create custom cocktails for the special occasion.
Party Favors & Gifts
Everyone loves a reason to party and celebrate with specialised gifts and favours.
- The Sash: To let everyone around, you know that you are the bride (or a part of the bridal party), a descriptive sash is necessary.
- Hats: Whether baseball caps or floppy sun hats, gift your group a quality colour-coordinated accessory they can wear long after the weekend comes to a close.
- Shirts: Just like hats, customised shirts are an excellent opportunity for a bachelorette photo opp.
- Beauty Gifts: Depending on the theme of the bachelorette party activities, beauty gifts like face masks, nail polish, or other makeup are excellent, practical favours. Get ready for a night out with a relaxing at-home spa moment or give your party something to hide any dark circles the morning after.
- Next Morning Cures: If you and your bachelorette party decide to spend a night out, chances are the following day might be a little rough. Put together a ‘next morning cure bag’. Include Advil, a water bottle, electrolyte tablets or Gatorade, a granola bar, and common cure-alls like band-aids, mints, and undereye patches.
Games & Activities
Bachelorette games keep the party festivities moving. They’re also a great way to pass the time or break the ice.
- Photo Booth: Create a photo booth from scratch with a cheap backdrop and some photo props you can buy online. Gift the bride-to-be a polaroid camera and a few packs of film. Grab a photo book and fill it throughout the weekend with your custom photo booth images.
- Board & Card Games: Bring a deck of cards or a fun adult-themed game for casual nights or to kill time during the day.
- If you’re travelling a reasonable distance for your bachelorette party, you’ll need to remember some essential logistical items, too.
- Passports: If you’re country-hopping for the weekend, don’t forget your access—and copies of your ticket.
- Itineraries & Confirmations: This may fall more on the Maid of Honor or bachelorette party hosts' responsibility, but make sure to have a printed itinerary of the accommodations and any booked activities if there are issues with wifi or cell service.
Every bachelorette party is different. This list certainly isn’t comprehensive but will serve as a friendly reminder as you and your bridal party prepare for your weekend. Send it around in a group chat and be sure to discuss packing plans early enough, so no one forgets anything important.