The hardest part of any vacation tends to be when packing for one. Packing sounds like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be! In this article, I wanted to share my best wellness and packing tips to help prepare you for your next trip to Hawaii. “Hawaiian Dress Code”: Most places use “Resort Wear” as standard dress code throughout Hawaii. For men, this includes dress-shorts or khaki trousers and a collared shirt. For women, this includes casual skirts, maxi dresses, capri pants, dress shorts, rompers, etc.
What to Bring: A General Packing Checklist
- Shorts & T-shirts for daytime wear.
- Bathing suit & cover-up (most resorts request that you cover up in lobbies and common areas other than the pool and beach).
- Flip-Flops or other water shoes.
- Long trousers, for Hawaii activities (like horseback riding, zip lining, hiking over lava, ATV tours, etc).
- Sunscreen & lip balm with high SPF (WebMD recommends looking for a sunscreen that contains any of the following: ecamsule, avobenzone, oxybenzone, titanium dioxide, sulisobenzone, or zinc oxide).
- Hawaii travel map and/or guidebook: Oahu Vacation Guide, Maui Vacation Guide, Kauai Vacation Guide, Hawaii: The Big Island, Vacation Guide.
- Cameras, batteries, and/or other charging devices.
- Binoculars and a lightweight backpack.
- Personal medicine prescriptions and first aid kit (“Suggestions for medical supplies you may need on your Hawaii vacation”).
- Rain jacket/poncho and hat/visor.
- Light sweater – especially if you are staying in any of the uplands/upcountry areas like, Koele, Lanai City, Kula, Volcano and Waimea.
If you plan to hike:
- Mosquito repellent.
- Hiking shoes or sneakers.
- Camelback/water bottle.
- Quick-dry clothing.
- Some energy bars for fuel.
If you plan to visit high elevation zones:
- Thermal underwear.
- Windproof gloves.
- Windproof jacket.
- Winter hat, headband, or earmuffs (guided tours to Haleakala or Mauna Kea will most likely provide a parka & gloves).
- Hiking shoes & hiking poles.
- Hiking pants.