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What to Bring on a Hawaiian Vacation

Updated on February 24, 2017

Every time you go to a vacation, the most dreadful thing to do is preparing the items you are going to pack. It is like planning your vacation all over again. But what exactly are the items you need to bring when going on a Hawaiian vacation? What dress is appropriate for an activity or place? And since you cannot decide properly, just like any other person, you tend to over pack.

As we all know, Hawaii is a place with a tropical climate. Most travelers visit this place not just to relax and explore but to swim and enjoy the beaches under the beautiful Hawaiian sun. Now what do you have to throw in to your luggage? Below is a list of the essential items you need to pack when traveling to the Hawaiian Islands.

Hanauma Bay, Oahu
Hanauma Bay, Oahu

A swimsuit is the first thing you have to put on your checklist. You are traveling to Hawaii to swim on its beaches right? Forgetting this in your list is like going on a battle without armor. But how many swimsuits do you need to bring? Well, two to three swimsuits will do for a week of travel. Women can try to mix and match your two piece and accessories to create a new look every time you go to the beach. You may use necklaces, large earrings and even bangles to create a fashionable look. Scarf is also a good cover up for your swimsuit.

Shorts and T-shirts should also be included on your list. Quick-dry and board shorts are a perfect option because they are light weight and dry quickly. Wearing cotton shirts will also make you feel comfy. But if exploring the highlands and mountains is part of the itinerary, a light jacket and a disposable poncho should be on your list as well. The highlands of Hawaii are most of the times windy and cold and it also rains occasionally. Do not forget to bring a casual dress if you have plans to dine in a fancy restaurant or attend a formal party.

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Flip flops, sandals and walking shoes that are light should also be considered once you are packing. Flip flops will be perfect for walking on the sand. Sandals will also be a good choice in the absence of flip flops but they should be light weight and feet relaxing. If possible, bring a walking shoes that are perfect for hiking or rock walking and that are quick dry as well.

Don’t forget to bring an extra duffel bag or a beach bag. You don’t want to bring your trolley or luggage to the beach right? A duffel bag or a beach bag that is just big enough for your things will be more appropriate especially for a long vacation. Do not forget to bring re-sealable bags as well so that your wet swimsuits will not mix with your dry garments and things inside your bag. Also place your passport, tickets and other special documents inside a sealable plastic bag so that it will not get soaked if in case it suddenly rains.

What to Bring.

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Raingear/Bug Spray
Outrigger Canoe Ride
Outrigger Canoe Ride

Bring your travel essentials or also known as “travelers’ accessories” like sun block, tanning lotion, insect repellants, lip balm, sun glasses and hats. This will help ease out the uncomfortable feeling once exposed to the Hawaiian heat and humidity. It will also help decrease possibilities of lip cracking, sunburns and insect bites. Do not forget to bring your personalized medicine kit. Medicines for allergies if any should be in this kit as well. A copy of your health records and history should be included as well so that in cases of emergency, a reference will be available.

Last but not the least; do not forget to bring your camera, chargers (including phone charge) and memory cards. Of course, you would not want to miss capturing every special moment of your vacation. As they said, you may lose people close to you or forget the things that happened to you as you grow old but the pictures will save the memories for lifetime.

Of course, there might be other essential things to pack that are not on our list so it is up to you to add it up. One thing to put in mind when traveling is to travel light. Always keep an extra space in your luggage to make way for those things and souvenirs you will buy along the way. And lastly, re-check your checklist. You do not want to leave behind some of your important belongings at the hotel do you?

Waikiki Beach
Waikiki Beach

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      Kelly A Burnett 4 years ago from United States

      Here in the Midwest we have been coached to pack for bad weather with extra boots, blankets, etc... This February I was caught stranded in the snow and was mapping a plan IF I was not able to return home. I didn't wish to both friends by staying over and was considering a hotel/resort where I used to instruct group swim fitness. Of all the things in my car was everything except a swim suit!

      Luckily I didn't need it but when you think about it whether it is a vacation or just a business layover, the swim suit and the dry pack don't take up much room.

      Oh, I so much more enthralled with the beach over the show boots I packed! Hee hee!