The legendary Road To Hana is one of Maui’s most popular attractions. Everyday, adventurous travelers drive along the miles of winding, coastal road to enjoy Hawaii’s most scenic drive: the Hana Highway. If you’re planning to visit Maui soon, here are essential tips on what to bring on the Road To Hana.
An absolutely essential travel tool—unless you’re taking a guided tour on the Road To Hana—don’t forget your map! It’s best to go with a physical, paper map instead of relying on your smartphone’s Google Maps. Service is spotty along the Hana Highway (see: mobile phone).
With a paper map, you can mark all the stops you make along the way. After your trip, keep the map as a souvenir of the places you visited on the Hana Highway!
Along the way, you’ll find a number of roadside snack stands and souvenirs shops that many travelers love to stop at. Also, there are occasional “self-service” fruit stands that accept cash only.
If you’ve got a smart phone, use it to snap photos and update your Instagram when possible. Is their cell phone service on the Road To Hana? Sometimes. Service can be spotty throughout the entire highway. Typically, AT&T and Verizon have the most reliable signals on the Road To Hana, but expect to be driving for up to 3 hours without service. On the “back road” after Hana, you won’t be able to pick up a signal until you’re closer to Ulupalakua Ranch.
Hand Soap / Sanitizer
Yes, there are bathrooms along the way, like the ones at Kaumahina State Park. But, not every restroom has a soap dispenser provided. Remember to bring a small bottle of hand soap or hand sanitizer and always wash your hands after using the toilet.
Water / Snacks / Food
If you’re taking our Road To Hana tour, we have a cooler on-board the bus with bottled water for everyone. We also have a cooler with your lunch for when we arrive at Waianapanapa State Park midday. If you wish, feel free to bring snacks on tour to help stay energized throughout the day.
If you’ll be traveling without a tour, be sure to pack a cooler with water, snacks, and lunch. There aren’t too many places to buy food and drinks along the Hana Highway.
Swimsuit and Towel
One of the best parts about the Road To Hana is getting out after a long drive and swimming! But you can’t swim at a black sand beach or in a hidden rainforest sea cave if you don’t have a swimsuit. Make sure this is one of the first things you pack for your Road To Hana trip!
Shoes for Casual Hiking
Unless you go off the beaten path in search of a difficult hiking trail, all the “hiking” on the Road To Hana is very casual and easy. People of all ages can enjoy a walk through the forest. However, when it’s rainy these easy hiking paths can be a little slippery, so please step with caution.
Sunscreen and Bug Repellent
Standard fare for any trip to Hawaii: sunscreen. Also, bug repellent is useful because you’ll be driving through a coastal rainforest, where mosquitoes love to linger.
Motion Sickness Medicine
If you’re prone to motion sickness, bring Dramamine or similar medicine to help you along the drive. There are 617 curves on the Road To Hana, be prepared. If you prefer not to take medicine, try a minty lozenge or lemony gum to help quell the symptoms. Another natural remedy? Fresh air! Step out of the vehicle for a few moments of relief.
And remember, it’s never a bad idea to ask your driver to pull over if you don’t feel so good
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