Folks might snicker at the name, but we are all for the “babymoon”—a.k.a. a last-hurrah trip with your partner (or even your girlfriends!) before welcoming your baby. It’s a time to relax and embrace the big changes that are coming your way, spend some quality time (and naps) with your partner before the sleepless nights settle in, bask in the sun, and enjoy some well deserved chill time. Of course, a babymoon doesn’t have to be a big production or come with a hefty pricetag. A staycation in your city or a short roadtrip will also do the trick. The point is to take advantage of your infant-free life and appreciate where you are in your journey to parenthood. Sound like a plan? Good. Now, let us help you pack! Below, we’ve detailed what we consider a solid lineup of items for your pre-baby adventure. No, you don’t have to go out and buy new versions of those you already have. Although, we’ve included some of our favorite product picks in case you need inspiration. Happy Babymooning!
A Swimsuit. Chances are, hitting the beach or chilling poolside for hours on end are on the agenda. Make sure you have a chic maternity bathing suit to fit the bill. Asos Maternity Exclusive Swimsuit, $36, Asos.
Sandals. An obvious “must” for warm-weather getaways. We suggest a simple slide that gives your possibly swollen ankles some breathing room. J.Crew Cyprus Crystal Sandals, $148, J.Crew.
A Caftan. Long, breezy, and roomy, this is the perfect garment to accommodate your growing belly, plus it’s elegant enough to take you from the beach to a more dressy dinner. The Podolls Pink Ikat Kaftan Dress, $395, The Podolls.
Straw Hat. Shield yourself from the rays in one of these timeless, lightweight styles. A cute pom-pom embellishment ups the style ante. Kin/K Mykonos Hat With Aqua Pom Accent, $168, Kin/K.
An Instagram-Worthy Tee: It’s always nice to celebrate something as cheeky as a “babymoon” with an equally giggle-worthy t-shirt, ideal for Instagram snaps. Rachel Antonoff Babymooners Tee, $64, Buru.
Sunnies. Your future’s so bright… Illesteva Leonard II Tortoiseshell Sunglasses, $290, J.Crew.
Towel or Throw: Try a version large enough to play double-duty—something to dry off with, lay on, or picnic on top of. Jenny Pennywood Tiles Throw, $90, Jenny Pennywood.
Conversation Starters. Want to curb the baby talk or go deeper with your partner? We suggest The New York Times now famous 36 questions or these quick conversation cards. TableTopics Couples Edition, $25, Amazon.
A Baby Book: It’s totally natural to be obsessed about the journey that’s ahead of you. Take a look at our list of favorite books to read during pregnancy and pack one for your trip. Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting, $11.45, Amazon.
A Non-Baby Book or Magazine: Of course, it’s also totally natural to want to escape from your current pregnant state. Now’s the time to leisurely thumb through the pages of your favorite magazines. You won’t get a chance to do so once the baby comes. CR Fashion Book, Issue #6, Amazon. Lone Wolf Magazine, $15, Noir Lust.
Sunscreen: Might as well get a tube that’s safe for mama and for baby once he or she arrives. Beautycounter Protect All Over Sunscreen SPF 30, $26, Beautycounter.
A Camera. Put down your iPhone for a second and capture some precious pre-baby memories with a real camera for once. The professional level is up to you. Sony DSCRX1R/B 24 Megapixel Compact Camera, $2,798, Amazon.
A Journal: Keep track of your to-do’s, pre-baby thoughts, or write little love letters to that mini-human growing inside of you. You won’t regret it. Shinola Large Soft Linen Journal, $20, Shinola.
Makeup. No need to go overboard, a multitasking lip/cheek stain or lipstick, mascara, and black eyeliner will do. Stowaway Cosmetics Cheek and Lip Rouge, $15, Stowaway Cosmetics. Stowaway Cosmetics Creme Lipstick, $15, Stowaway Cosmetics.
Water Bottle. Stay hydrated in and after the sun, while also practicing for all of that during-breastfeeding water consumption. The downside: Prepare to go to the bathroom like a zillion times. bKr Water Bottle, $12.99, Amazon.
Beach Bag. Of course, you need a big ol’ bag to stuff everything above into. Graphic Beach Bag, sold out, Karen Kimmel for Crafting Community.
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