Whether you’re planning a surprise trip for the bride-to-be, or need to know what to pack on your own hen weekend away, consult our hen weekend checklist for all your packing essentials.


Hen Weekend Checklist: What to Pack

These days, one last night out on the town with the girls just doesn’t quite cut it when it comes to your hen party. Just as event weddings are becoming all-encompassing affairs, taking up whole weekends and a large chunk of our annual leave, more and more people are opting to venture further afield for their hens and stags.

Whether it’s a spa retreat with your nearest and dearest, or a wild weekend in the sun with your bride tribe, hen weekends are a rite of passage for brides-to-be.

To avoid any pre-holiday packing jitters, leaving you to focus purely on having fun, we’ve compiled a packing checklist with all your hen weekend essentials.

What to pack on your hen weekend: hand luggage

Personalised suitcase for the bride


Brides-to-be will want to stand out from the swarms of weekend holidaymakers right from the get-go (particularly if you want to be in with a chance of bagging a free flight upgrade). If head-to-toe bridal get up isn’t your bag, a monogrammed suitcase should do the trick. We’re loving this monochrome cabin-sized style from celeb favourite HB London.

Small White Suitcase with Personalised Initials, £135

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Cabin bags for the bridesmaids


If you’re jetting off with a gaggle of hens, you’ll also want your bride-tribe to travel in style. Co-ordinating with your bridesmaids and bridal party is a fun part of the hen weekend festivities, but we’re not talking tacky tour t-shirts. Match the bride with contrasting monogrammed cases.

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Face masks

best-bridal-beauty-Flash C+ Radiance Mask

Maya Jama created a movement when she shared her on-flight face mask ritual on Instagram and now we’re hooked. If your flying off for a weekend of pool parties and boozy brunches, prep your skin on the plane with a moisture rich face mask.

Flash C Radiance Mask, £13.25

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What to pack for a hen weekend on the beach


White swimsuit for the bride


In preparation for the big day, dress the bride in white swimwear, while bridesmaids and the rest of the bridal squad stick to another block colour.

In The Style x Dani Dyer swimsuit with belt detail, £34.99 


Black swimsuits for the bridal squad


Channel some girlband vibes and get your whole hen squad to co-ordinate their swimwear. Opt for all black or all one block colour while the bride stands out in white.

South Beach Exclusive Eco plunge belted swimsuit, £28


Beach cover-up


Whether you pair it with heels and dress it up for an al fresco dinner , or channel boho bride vibes for a day at a beach club, this gorgeous dress brings bridal chic to the beach.

 Hermosa cotton maxi dress, £69.

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Whether you’re protecting those big, bright eyes from the sun or masking the redness from a heavy night of hen party celebrations, you’ll want some stylish shades for your weekend away.

Silhouette Accent Shades, from £180

Hen weekend checklist: What to pack for a city break

Birkenstock sandals


If you’re jetting off for a jam-packed city break you’re going to need some comfy shoes to see you through. But that doesn’t mean you should compromise on style. We love a classy pair of Birkenstocks.

Arizona Two Strap sandals, £55

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Instax Mini instant camera


You’ll want to capture every moment of your hen weekend and there’s no better way than with an instant camera.

Instax Mini 9 camera, £54.99

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Personlised items for your bride tribe

Monogrammed passport case


Personalised leather passport holder, £24

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Personalised travel wallet


Personalised leather travel wallet, £49

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Hen party essentials

NICE wine

nice-canned-wine-hen-party-essentials From the classic G&Ts to cocktails on the go, canned alcoholic drinks are having a moment. The latest trend is wine in can, and we’re super on board with it. Serving up high quality, still wine, the 250ml cans are 100% recyclable and are perfect to drink on the train, move, beach, picnic or at a festival. A hen weekend essential if ever we saw one.

NICE wine, £3 per can

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Ruby is Digital Editor of Wedding Ideas and the brand's sister magazines, Baby and Little London. Overseeing Wedding Ideas' online presence, Ruby covers everything from bridal fashion and beauty trends to venues, budgets and whether Brexit will affect your big day. When she's not navigating the world of weddings or scouring the internet for the latest lifestyle and beauty trends, you'll probably find Ruby trawling through the Zara sales, escaping the city for a weekend at the spa or cashing in the discount vouchers at her local Pizza Express. And when that doesn't work, she'll be parked on the sofa midway through a Netlfix crime documentary binge.