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Hawaii Checklist: What to Pack

Posted by Natasha Jervis on 30 June 2011

Aloha! Flying to Kona, Honolulu or Maui this year? Save time packing and check out our tips on what to bring to tropical exotic Hawaii. Famous for its majestic volcanoes, picturesque waterfalls and lush rainforests, Hawaii is a much desired vacation getaway for travelers from all across the globe.

This unique paradise is perfect for families, couples and single travelers that seek revitalization, harmony and sheer relaxation. Hawaii is modern and does have its variety of pharmacies, Wal-Mart’s and Kmart’s, but wouldn’t you rather spend your vacation time hiking mountain trails, sun bathing on Hawaii’s glorious sandy beaches and exploring the land?

Take time to look over this Hawaii travel checklist before you travel and you will cut packing and trip planning time in half. A person who packs accordingly is a travel guru.

What to Bring to Hawaii:

  • Your travel bible: A Hawaii guide book and maps. Print out road directions if you are exploring different islands and areas. Try the popular Frommers, Moon or Lonely Planet guide books.
  • Sun block (SPF 30 or 50. A bad sun burn can ruin your trip in so many ways)
  • Swimsuit (unless you plan to sun bathe bravely (nude!) on Donkey Beach or Secret Beach)
  • Sunglasses, polarized if possible. (Protect those eyes!)
  • Hats and children’s hats if you have kids.
  • Comfortable walking shoes for those various trails you will conquer.
  • Binoculars for those picturesque mountain views.
  • T-shirts, shorts, sundresses, light material clothing and sleep wear, tank tops, jeans for horseback riding and a sweater for those cooler evenings and mountain treks)
  • Ear plugs (Some areas like thrilling Honolulu can be loud at night)
  • Necessary medications (you can find basics like antacids, Tylenol, Gravil and other over the counter products, but do not forget your prescribed medications)
  • Sandals, Flip-flops, jandals, thongs. Thongs you wear on your feet.
  • Personal identification such as driver’s license and passport.
  • A collapsible cooler. They can be quite expensive to buy in Hawaii so save money and try to find one before you fly to paradise.
  • Waterproof camera for those snorkeling and diving explorations.
  • Beach towels. If you’re lucky your hotel may provide you with some.
  • Baby wipes, diapers, sippy cup etc. You may want to check a baby travel checklist out here.
  • If you have a portable GPS navigation system, it can be of great help when you are trekking through rainforests and mountain sides.
  • Disposable rain ponchos for those not so sunny days.
  • Regular camera, loads of film and extra batteries or charger.
  • If you have a portable GPS navigation system, it can be of great help when you are trekking through rainforests and mountain sides.
  • Disposable rain ponchos for those not so sunny days.
  • Regular camera, loads of film and extra batteries or charger.
  • Mosquito repellent.
  • Snacks for those all day tours and excursions.
  • Travel size first aid kit and essentials.
  • If possible, bring an extra piece of luggage for all those Hawaiian shirts, souvenirs and crafts you will accumulate on your trip.

What Not to Bring to Hawaii:

  • Dressy evening wear. Unless you want to stick out from the crowd, leave the suits, ties and fancy evening dresses at home. Live like the Hawaiians do.
  • Snorkel gear. Most activity gear is provided by hotels in Hawaii or by various snorkeling tour companies.
  • Valuable jewelry that you do not want to lose while hiking or swimming. Hotels have safes, but there is always the chance you may lose those antique earrings or bracelet your great Grandma passed on.
  • Platforms, high heels and any shoe that you cannot get dirty or wear while strolling any of Hawaii’s sandy beaches. Who needs blisters anyways?

There you have it folks, a Hawaii checklist to get you started on your packing adventure. Save time, save money and most of all have fun in the tropics!


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