Pack for Paradise in Hawaii

July 13, 2016

Ready to Pack for Paradise?

Packing for Hawaii should just mean swimsuits, slippers, and tank tops right? Yes and no!

Each Hawaiian island is unique and offers something different to visitors.

While Oahu is known for its popular Waikiki beaches, Maui, and Kauai have quaint towns and lots of green scenery across the island.

You’ll want to pack the basics no matter what island you are visiting – comfortable, cool attire, slippers, swimwear, etc.

That said, there are a few specific items that will come in handy on each island.


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Snorkel Gear

If you’ve already invested in a quality set of snorkel gear, you’ll definitely make use of it on Oahu.

Hanauma Bay and Sharks Cove are just a few of the many places that you can visit to see some of Hawaii’s marine life.


Oahu’s North Shore is home to big wave surfing in the winter.

Bring your towels, hats, and snacks and snag a spot on the beach to watch annual surf competitions (binoculars will allow you to get up close to the action!)


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A Thick Jacket/Sweater

If you plan on visiting higher elevations like Haleakala National Park for sunrise, it’ll be chilly in the early mornings (especially at 9,740 feet high).

You can even bike down Haleakala after!

CDs, Music Device

The Road to Hana is a popular attraction that many visitors experience and having your own selection of tunes makes the journey a little more enjoyable.

Rent a car and travel at your own pace or take a van tour guided by an expert.


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Good Hiking Shoes

Kauai’s most famous hike is the 11-mile Kalalau Trail that travels along the Napali Coast.

Most people hike and stay two nights before heading back; this is a trail for experienced hikers only (permit required), while others stop at the 2-mile mark at Hanakapiai Beach (4 miles round trip) and Hanakapiai Falls (8 miles round trip).

If you’re planning on hiking at all be sure to pack a durable pair of hiking boots/shoes to prevent slipping.

Also, don’t forget sunblock, water, and mosquito repellent.

You’ll most likely be hiking in rainforests, valleys and damp areas where mosquitoes are abundant, so protect yourself beforehand and you’ll be thankful for it later.


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Planning on visiting the Big Island’s volcanoes? Boots are required when walking on the lava field – no sneakers or slippers.

They should be at least ankle length and not have a steel shank or leather soles as the heat will damage them.

Long Pants/Jeans

To protect your body from the heat and any scrapes, long, heavy denim jeans are recommended.

Also make sure that any clothing you wear is not easily flammable or can melt.


No matter which island(s) your trip to Hawaii takes you, make sure you have a camera to document your memories and lots and lots of sunscreen!

Happy packing!


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