With so many different options to choose from for activities and destinations on a hen weekend, knowing what to pack for your break away with the girls can be a dilemma.
Whilst the weather at your destination, fancy dress theme and the type of weekend (activity based, formal or clubbing) will mostly determine what you need to take with you, it’s worth checking with the maid of honour or bridesmaids in case they’ve drawn up a list of bits and pieces you’ll need.
As well as any special bits you’ll need to take, there will always be a number of practical essentials you need to pack to make your **hen weekend** run smoothly:
Mains plug adapter
Admittedly it’s not the most exciting, but if you’re heading abroad, remember to take a mains plug adapter for the country you’re visiting.
There’s nothing worse than remembering all your electronics but not being able to plug them in because you don’t have the right adapter.
If you do forget to pack yours, be prepared to pay a little bit more for one at the airport or when you reach your destination.
A girl’s best friend, you may be able to get away with sharing a set with some of the other girls, but ideally make sure there is more than one set between you.
Straighteners will especially come in useful if during the day you’re doing any activities where you might get mucky or sweaty and need to get your hair looking its best for your night out.
If you’re heading abroad, check your straighteners to see if they are dual voltage or will work abroad. Due to the high voltage they need, sometimes they don’t work well or in the worst case don’t work at all. If this is the case and you don’t want to buy a new pair just for the hen trip, you might need a plan B for your hair dos!
After a night out, there’s nothing nicer than being able to lounge about in some comfy clothes and chill in your hotel room while your body tries to recover.
Another practical one, but it’s easy to forget to take your charger with you as usually it’s making sure you’ve got the phone that’s the biggest concern.
By remembering your charger, you’ll not only be able to keep your battery topped up, but you’ll avoid having to pay out for an expensive replacement or begging one of the girls to borrow theirs.
Capturing the weekend on camera is a must, not only can you share the photos on Facebook when you get home, but you could use them to put together a nice photo book as a gift to the hen on her wedding day.
Again it’s important to remember to take the charger or a spare battery so you don’t miss out on all those embarrassing photos of the hen.
Money / Currency
Wherever you go you’ll need to remember to take money for eating out, drinks and a spot of shopping, but if you’re heading abroad you’ll need to get hold of foreign currency.
Ideally do this before you leave as you’ll get a worse rate of exchange at the airport or your destination than if you plan ahead and get it in the UK.
Taking a mix of cash and debit/credit cards is a good idea, and having a card stashed in your luggage could save you in an emergency if you lose your purse or spend a little more than you’d expected. If you’re planning on spending a lot while you’re away, you might consider looking at prepaid credit cards or a card with a lower charge for spending abroad.
It’s a popular idea to set up a kitty for the trip whereby you all put in a set amount and then drinks, food, group expenses all come out of it. This can be handy instead of splitting the bill between individuals or all queuing at the bar for your order, one person can handle the order for everyone.
A note of warning though, don’t leave all the money with one person as they could be a target for someone looking to get their hands on your cash, instead split it between two or three of the girls.
Although it can be a pain, it’s also flattering to be asked to show your ID to prove your age.
It’s easy to forget to carry it, especially if you swap between a couple of different purses, but if you are heading out on the town for a big night, make sure to carry photo ID as there’s nothing worse than being the only one turned away from a pub or club because you can’t prove your age.
Perfect for when you get in after your night out, you’ll be able to quickly remove any make-up before your head hits the pillow.
Dancing on a hen night is mandatory so you’ll want to pack some gel inserts to add to your favourite heels that will not only save your feet from agony, but keep you dancing all night.
Vitamins and minerals
Different people swear by different remedies for the nausea and headache of a hangover, but with your body lacking in sugar and certain vitamins, you could do worse than give it a boost.
Try something like Berocca or other flavoured tablets that dissolve in water and don’t leave a bad taste in your mouth. Packing some of these in your bag that are packed with nutrients could help give you the kick you need the morning after.
If you remember to take all these little bits you be able to enjoy your weekend without fretting you’ve forgotten that pesky battery or charger and made preparations for a comfortable and relaxed recovery from partying, have fun!