The Only Hawaii Packing List You Need
Every traveler coming to Hawaii should be prepared. Studying travel tips for Hawaii is a great way to make the most of your vacation. Packing is dreaded by many but mastered by few. What should you bring to Hawaii? It’s never easy to pack for a trip, but this list can help. Base on what island you’re staying on you’ll want to check local weather patterns. For instance, if your staying on the beaches of Maui in a condo like the Mana Kai, you won’t need to worry about rain gear. But, if you’re going to Kauai, you’ll want to make sure you have stuff for the rain.
To-Do before your trip
Keep a master list handy — Save your packing list somewhere for your convenience. 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.
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What to Pack for Hawaii
Again, it’s going to be sunny when you step off the plane.
Pack comfortable shoes
If 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.
Pack appropriate clothing
Men — 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) swimsuits
Pack 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 jewelry
You may be tempted to bring fashionable jewelry on vacation, but beware: expensive accessories require extra careful security. Instead, pack simple pieces of jewelry or buy affordable Hawaiian jewelry when you arrive.
Remember your toothpaste, toothbrush, floss, hairbrush, 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.
Don’t forget to bring any important prescription medications.
Pack expensive items in your carry-on
Always 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 documents
Place your 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 a refillable water bottle
You can fill this up after passing through airport security, that way you won’t have to spend $3.00 on a bottle of water.
Pack a camera
Bring 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. When you’re taking that epic turtle pic on Maui, you’ll want to have it ready.
Pack chargers for your electronics
Power 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.
Pack something to read
Something to read—pass the time on the plane reading a good book or magazine.
Because your airplane carrier might charge you $5 for a pack of Oreos.
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 activities
If you’ve booked a tour in Hawaii, plan to pack any special items required for your tour. For example, if you are going shark cage diving on the North Shore, pack (or buy) a waterproof case for your camera.
Pack empty space
Remember to leave space in your luggage for souvenirs and items you buy while shopping in Hawaii.
Password protect your phone
Set a password lock on your smartphone. If you lose your phone, no one will be able to access it.
Double-check your packing list
I’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
I hope you found this packing list extremely useful—if you have any tips to add, please leave a note in the comments section, mahalo!