Tips On Packing For Hawaii
Everyone coming to Hawaii on vacation should come prepared. Researching travel tips is a great way to start getting ready to and make the most out of your trip. While packing is dreaded by many, it has been mastered by few who have shared their wisdom. Here are a few really helpful tips on packing for Hawaii.
What to do before your tripKeep a master list handy — Save your packing list some place convenient. I like to use Evernote to store travel notes, it’s easy to use and accessible everywhere I go. Make a list of things to do around the house — For example, call the pet sitter, place your mail on hold, and take out the trash before your trip.
Tips on packing for Hawaii Pack sunglassesAgain, it’s going to be sunny when you step off the plane, or first thing in the morning if you arrive at night. It’s also a good idea to buy a pair of cheap sunglasses at the International Marketplace for taking to the beach or going on an afternoon sail if you don’t want to ding up your nice pair.
Pack comfortable shoesIf you’re going hiking, pack hiking shoes. Walking a lot? Bring athletic shoes. In Hawaii, everyone wears slippers (sandals), remember to pack these as well. It’s also a good idea to pack a pair of dress shoes if you plan on upscale activities like a sunset dinner cruise.
Pack appropriate clothingMen — T-shirts, polo shirts, shorts, one pair of long pants and one lightweight jacket is perfect. Yes, bring long pants and a light jacket, the weather can be cool in high altitudes and in the evenings. Women — Shirts, polo shirts, lightweight tops, tanks, skirts, shorts, a pair of slacks and a jacket is ideal. Tip: Laundry machines are abundant in Waikiki. Pack light.
Pack two (2) swim suitsPack one suit in your check-in and one in your carry-on luggage. If your suitcase gets lost, you can still swim at the beach while you wait for your luggage to arrive. Plus, you can swim in one pair while the other pair is drying.
Don’t pack expensive jewelryYou may be tempted to bring fashionable jewelry on vacation, but beware: expensive accessories require extra careful security and can easily be lost at the beach. Instead, pack simple pieces of jewelry or buy affordable Hawaiian jewelry when you arrive.
Pack toiletriesRemember your toothpaste, toothbrush, floss, hair brush, and anything else you need. Tip: Ask your hotel if they provide free toiletries like shampoo, conditioner, razors, shaving cream, iron and ironing board, hair dryer.
Pack medicationsDon’t forget to bring any important prescription medications. It’s also a good idea to have your doctor’s information stored in your phone in case of an emergency.
Pack expensive items in your carry-onAlways pack cameras, laptops and electronics in your carry-on luggage. You should carry these with you at all times when traveling through airports.
Pack important documentsPlace you driver’s license, insurance card, flight information and passport (if traveling internationally) in a carrying case reserved for important documents. Tip: Keep your important documents close by when traveling.
Pack something to readSomething to read—pass the the time on the plane reading a good book or magazine.
Pack snacksBecause your airplane carrier might charge you $5 for a pack of Oreos.
Pack a refillable water bottleYou can fill this up after passing through airport security, that way you won’t have to spend $3.00 on a bottle of water. It also reduces the amount of plastic you use!
Pack a cameraBring the camera you are most comfortable with: an iPhone, SLR, or film camera. It’s important to pack a camera that you want to carry with you every day, because you will enjoy using it every day.
Pack chargers for your electronicsPower up your phone and laptop the day before traveling, then be sure to pack your chargers that night. It’s easy to forget these on the morning of your flight.
Buy these items when you land in Hawaii
- Sunscreen and aloe gel (helps soothes burns)
- Beach towel
- Beach mat
- Slippers (aka sandals, flip flops)
Pack appropriate items for your activitesIf you’ve booked a tour in Hawaii, plan to pack any special items required for your tour. For example, if you are going swimming with dolphins off the west coast of Oahu , pack (or buy) a waterproof case for your camera.
Pack empty spaceRemember to leave space in your luggage for souvenirs and items you buy while shopping in Hawaii.
Password protect your phoneSet a password lock on your smartphone. If you lose your phone, no one will be able to access it.
Double check your packing listI’ve already listed these, but always double check that you have the following:
- Driver’s license
- Flight Confirmation Number
- Cash, Credit Card, and/or Traveler’s Cheques
- Rental Car Information
- Hotel Confirmation
- Prescription medications
- Health and vehicle insurance cards