You’ve been tasked with planning a bachelor party, but are you sure of what to do or bring? It’s not just about the essentials. Logistics like travel arrangements and planned events are important, but let’s get one thing straight: you don’t need a ton of stuff or to remake The Hangover to have a good time. Knowing the groom and having the right company are all you need. Consider the groom’s taste, personality, and interests because generally, no one likes surprises—especially his partner—so having their approval on the specifics will create a smooth and stress-free event. And let’s not forget about budget—discuss ideas with the group, and find something fun and affordable to do together. So, with all that in mind, let’s get this party started and give the groom a night they’ll never forget!
Wheels Up! The Essential Packing List for a Bachelor-Party Road Trip
If you’re traveling for the party, it’s going to be an adventure-filled trip with memorable experiences, so it’s important to be prepared for anything that may come your way. However, don’t overpack. You need to stay mobile and efficient. Pack only the essentials, as you don’t need to worry about novelty items because you can easily buy them at your destination for a low cost. Here’s our suggested list:
ID’s and Various Documents
It sounds obvious, but we bring this up because they are often forgotten! Make sure to have your ID, driver’s license, and other essential documents. If you’re traveling abroad, a passport is a must-have. Have a stress-free weekend focused on the bachelor, not wasting time trying to explain why you don’t have your pertinent documents.
The hotel is booked, and travel arrangements are made, so to keep things running smoothly, don’t forget to pack your tickets for the game or show first thing. It’s also a good idea to make copies or to take a picture with your phone just in case they get lost.
Clothes, Toiletries, and Other Must-Haves
Less is the new more, so remember to pack light and to bring only what you need. You want to look right, but you don’t need a lot of outfits. Keep toiletries simple with an all-in-one shower gel and toothbrush, and maybe bring one extra pair of shoes and maybe slides for the pool. And let’s not forget some downtime activities, like a deck of cards or board games. And pack some basic medication just in case the drinks flowed a little too hard the night before. Lastly, don’t forget your phone charger and enough cash for the whole weekend.
Keep the Night Lively at Home
Alright, let’s shift gears to discuss what to bring for a party hosted at home. Unlike a hotel party where many things are provided for you, you’ll need to bring more things to keep the party lit:
Drinks are an important part, but remember, if the groom doesn’t drink, be sensitive to it. It’s their day, so skip this step. If alcohol will be a part of your party, you don’t have to be a mixologist—search for cocktail recipes online, and use mixers like club soda, tonic water, and cola, and don’t forget to buy plenty of ice.
Food, Entertainment, and Party Accessories
Someone manning the grill always works great, but if you prefer ordering out, the best option is always your favorite local pizza joint, but you can also offer burgers or other exotic options if that best fits your group’s palate. Entertainment is a must, and you can bring a laptop with speakers to watch movies, check out a slide-show, or listen to music. Cards and chips for games like poker or blackjack are also great options. While accessories aren’t necessary, you can bring matching shirts or fun hats for a memorable laugh.
To have a great party, it’s really important to communicate with the groom and your friends to make sure everyone is on the same page. Don’t stress too much about what to bring; just go over all the details together to make sure everyone has a fun and memorable time. And remember, we can make it easier! Check out our rental catalog to browse options such as catering and cooking, furniture and bars, and many other event accessories to ensure the bachelor party is an event to remember for years to come.