Candles – Think of the setting – scented candles around a bubble bath – it’s not just for the movies. Travel candles come in convenient tins making it easy to transport and to clean up after use. But do remember to pack a lighter or matches or this idea is a non-starter. Yankee Candles make a great selection of miniature candles that would work well for this use.
Music – Do you have ‘that’ song? Maybe from your wedding? or from a special occasion? You know, the song that triggers memories of happy times. If you are feeling lazy, you can always buy one of the many romantic soundtracks. You can take the music in whatever format works best for you. Now That’s What I Call Love Songs has many of my favorites including Just the Way You Are by Bruno Mars
Perfume – Who doesn’t want to smell delightful. A great way to amp it up even more, is to layer your fragrances. Think bubble bath, body oil, or lotions. Of course, Massage Oil is always a great option. Any of the L’Occitane foaming bath products are my favorites. Especially the Shea Butter. Remember that smells can trigger emotions and memories. So make sure you bring along scents used during happy times – think of all the discussions this could begin.
Lingerie – I know this is a little bit of a cliche, but my husband happened to pass by my computer as I was typing this and his reaction let me know that this would be a very good idea! Consider packing something new that your partner has not seen before. Even pajamas can be romantic. Just don’t bring old pjs with holes or mismatched tops and bottoms as you want to feel special as well as look good.
Entertainment – How about packing a movie? Alone time, just the two of you. No need to leave the hotel room, just cuddle up and catch up on all those movies you have been meaning to watch. You don’t need to watch a tear-jerker to set the tone. A romantic comedy could be just the answer.
A Surprise Gift – It’s not just the females who deserve gifts on romantic getaways. Surprise your man with something fun that shows you care. How about these funky boxer shorts? Other ideas could be a men’s toiletry bag, stormtrooper cufflinks (my husband would love these) or a portable bbq.
Camera and Tripod – Even though we all use our phones to take photos, consider taking a DSLR and/or pack a tripod. This ensures that you can capture more than just a close-up selfie. The Joby Gorilla pod compact tripods are ideal as they wrap around any number of objects and are easy to pack. Think of all those romantic moments, like a sunset or sunrise, that you could capture with both of you in front of the lens for a change.
Something Sentimental – To show how much thought you have put into making your getaway really special, take something sentimental. Here are a few ideas. An old photo album of when you first got together for you to look through and remember all the good times. A piece of clothing that means something special to you both. A bottle of wine that has a special meaning. A piece of jewelry that you no longer wear that was a gift.
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