As an elopement photographer who has hiked through all different kinds of terrain with couples and have been hit with surprise rain and snow, it is so important to be properly prepared for anything. When the couples I work that decide to do a hiking elopement it is important to me to properly prepare and inform them about what to expect while trekking through mountains in a higher altitude! So, here is How to Pack for Your Hiking Elopement so you won’t regret not having something in particular with you on the most important day of your life.
How to Pack for Your Hiking Elopement
Some people may be wondering how in world someone can go on a hike and still look fantastic afterwards. Well, if you have a make up artist do your make up before they will know how to apply the make up properly to preserve it as best as possible and ask for a touch up kit for minor fixes when you get to the top! When it comes to your hair try to go for something that will be sturdy, but will have a natural look. A low-bun updo usually works fantastic because if pieces come loose then it will look natural and intentional!
As far as the dress goes there are a few different ways to go about this. However, the most important is that you should be intentional about the type of material you choose for your dress. Materials like polyester, spandex, knit fabrics and tencel are all great fabrics for traveling and won’t wrinkle! If you buy a dress made from fabrics like this then you can fold it and carefully place it in your backpack. If you don’t have a dress with fabrics like this or even if you want to be extra careful you can put it in a garment bag and clip it to your backpack.
- Jewelry (earrings, necklace, bracelet)
- Hair accessories
- Shoes (Don’t forget socks and extra socks if you’re wearing boots!)
When it comes to the groom’s outfit follow the same rules with fabric as I mentioned above or use a garment bag as well! Of course the downside to the garment back is that you have to lug it around on your hike. When it’s comes to the men’s hair either use a strong gel/paste to keep it styled or just wait till you get to your ceremony location!
Also, I think it is always important to bring extra socks just in case something happens! You can really never have too many socks.
- Socks (Exta socks!)
Trust me, you never what is going to happen so you’ll want to bring all these along! I also want to emphasize sunscreen especially if there is snow where you are hiking and having your elopement, because sunburns happen a lot faster than you would expect them to and I’m pretty sure you don’t want your cheeks looking like a tomato! One amazing product is this sunscreen powder which won’t look cake-y or greasy!
- Makeup (foundation, concealer, eye shadow, eyeliner, mascara, lipstick, blush, or your makeup kit from your artist!)
- Brush, comb
- Hair pins, hairspray, gel
- Shaving cream, razor/shaver
- Baby Powder: Great for hot summer days to help absorb sweat and will help to slide on that beautiful fitted gown. It will also help with any chaffing on thighs or underarms!
- Stain Remover
- White Chalk: If something happens to the wedding dress and the stain is so stubborn a remover won’t work, white chalk will usually do the trick to cover it up!
- Nail clippers
- Contacts, contact lens solutions, glasses
- First aid kit: medications, band aids, tissues, etc.
- Handheld mirror
- Mini sewing kit: Be sure it includes scissors, needles, thread, hem tape, buttons, and safety pins!
During a hiking elopement it’s very important to stay hydrated and to take a few snacks along so that you can keep up your energy. I don’t need any of my couples fainting on their dream elopement day!
- Marriage documents
- Location permits
- Wedding vows
- Florals (bouquet, boutonniere)
- Wedding gift or letters for your soon-to-be spouse
- Water bottles
For all my elopement couples out there don’t forget to bring these things! Some of them you hope you don’t need to use, but I’ve been in instances where we’re SO glad we had them!
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