What to pack for Hawaii (Big Island)

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    swim suits

    by Hexepatty Updated Sep 22, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: The less, the better!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good walking shoes or tennies. Skip on the rain gear if going to Kona Side. Bring it if going to Hilo Side. Bring Sweatshirt if going to Mauna kea or Mauna Loa or Volcanoes.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen, mossie spray, sunglasses

    Photo Equipment: Digi camera, extra batteries and LARGE memory card. It's a Big Island, after all!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Slippahs, lava lava's, towels, hats, snorkle gear.

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    • Spa and Resort

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    Water Shoes Make Life Easier

    by cjg1 Updated Jun 15, 2015

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    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you plan on visiting some waterfalls on the Big Island; water shoes are a must. You can find watershoes at any ABC store or Hilo Hatties. Water shoes make it easier to grip rocks and mossy surfaces found in and around the waterfalls.

    I find that watershoes make any island vacation better,. Some shorelines and beaches can have jagged, rocky area or irritating sand that can really tear up your feet. A simple investment in water shoes at any ABS store(which sells them rather cheaply) or a store of your choosing; can be helpful in enjoying your vacation.

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    It is cooler than you think

    by kyoub Written Jul 6, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In the winter months it is cooler than you think it will be. The nights are chilly and you need a wrap. It also rains a lot so take a ponch or umbrella. Enclosed toe walking shoes are a must if you go see the volcanos.

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    Towel or Mat...hmmmmm...

    by morgane1692 Written May 22, 2005

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    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: You don't want to take up major room in your carry-on with a beach towel, but you need *something* to park on when you hit the sands, right? I bought a decent towel at the local Long's drug store just up the road from my hotel...THEN I saw that perfectly acceptable straw beach mats were going for a trivial 99 cents down at Hilo Hattie!! Grrrr, for me. But learn from my mistake here and just get yourself a cool little (DISPOSABLE!!) straw mat at HH as you head up Palani Dr and turn north onto Hwy 19 and those awesome Kohala beaches!

    you're gonna get sand in your shoes, so what!?

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    Flash lights are overpriced!

    by Nathalie_B Written Feb 28, 2009

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 1. Knowing that the landscape of the Island was shaped as a result of volcano eruption you have to make sure that you packed good hiking shoes, preferably with rubber soles. Not only the paths and trails are rocky but also slippery, because of the frequent rains.

    2. Pack a pair of flip flops, I found them very helpful walking around the Black Sand beach. Walking on the lava-created sand barefoot wasn’t easy.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: 3. Definitely a sunscreen and it applies to any of the Hawaiian Islands.

    4. Repellant will help to fight mosquitoes while hiking.

    Photo Equipment: 5. Make sure your camera’s memory card can handle thousands of pictures! And again, stock on batteries or don’t forget to pack your charger

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: 6. Flash light and extra set of batteries will become handy when you’re visiting the Volcano NP at night, watching the lava. Don't end up buying overpriced items that you'll need for less than 1 hour.

    7. Plenty of drinking water; the amount of it should be enough for the whole day.

    Miscellaneous: 8. Especially if you travel during the winter time, make sure to have an umbrella, rain can be really crazy at times.

    9. Don’t forget your drivers’ license, otherwise you’ll find yourself spending vacation at the hotel spa without a possibility of getting around the island.

    Get those hiking shoes ready!

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    Things I Didn't Think Of...

    by BigBlueOne Written Dec 2, 2006

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring some reef shoes for the beach and water.

    Photo Equipment: Bring a good camera if you plan on going to the lava at night. We have a fairly cheap digital and that's why I don't have any pictures of the lava on here!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you're going to the lava flow at night, make sure to bring good tennis shoes and a good flashlight (they'll sell you one but not at a price I'd like to pay)

    Related to:
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Beaches
    • Water Sports

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    Don't Forget

    by jag17 Updated Jun 28, 2004

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    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen is your #1 priority when visiting tropical islands! You will burn, and you will burn fast! Re-apply often, and don't forget those hard to reach areas...ears, behind the knees, and your head.

    Photo Equipment: More film than you think you will need

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Swim suits and cool, loose clothing

    Miscellaneous: Most of Hawaii is very casual, and hot. Pack appropriately for the warm temperatures. If you are are planning on attending a special event, or prefer fine dining restaurants, summer dresses or slacks would be appropriate.

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    Travel light!

    by Jerelis Written Sep 7, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: * Map and guidebook;
    * Crackers;
    * 2 Liter of water;
    * Fruit / power bars.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: * Hiking boots;
    * 1 extra t-shirt;
    * Shorts with many pockets;
    * Sunglasses;
    * Fleece type jacket;
    * Hat / cap;
    * Raincoat.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: * Lip balm;
    * (Neck) sunblock;
    * Band-aids.

    Photo Equipment: * Camera and lots of films!
    * Filter;
    * Extra batteries;
    * Lens 210 mm.

    Miscellaneous: * Binocular;
    * Compass.

    Here we go ...
    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • National/State Park
    • Hiking and Walking

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  • Casual wear and basic necessities...

    by TravelBugg Written Jun 24, 2003

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Casual Clothing.......(Shorts, t-shirts, tank tops, sun dresses, and other lightweight clothing, sandals, tennis shoes). You can bring some semi-dressy clothing if you plan to go out at night or go to a fancy restaurant, but most places are very casual.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can take basics.......(just in case)......aspirin, something for upset stomach if you think you might need it, band-aids, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, etc .....but you can also find those at local stores.
    Do bring mosquito repellent and sunblock.

    Photo Equipment: Camera of course!, ...and all that goes with it...otherwise buy it at a local store when you get there, but you might end up paying more!

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    Winter Wonderland in Hawaii

    by Mikio Written Feb 23, 2008

    Luggage and bags: Snow gear to Hawaii?? Yes, if you love snow so much. We're having lots of snow at the summit of Mauna Kea (White Mountain) this winter. The view from the top is incredible when the summit is covered with snow. So, bring some warm clothes if you go up in your SUV or Truck.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Mitten; woolen hat; chap stick or vaseline gel for your lip. A pair of long john might be godsend.

    Miscellaneous: The air is very thin at the summit. Be sure to spend at least an hour at the visitor center on the way to the summit. Being acclimated to the high altitude condition is important for your health. At the visitor center, you (and your children) can learn about astronomy. It's a cool place.

    group pic at the summit snow everywhere! giant telescopes in the back; Jeep was great Snowman in Hawaii! Me with the high altitude plant called Silversword
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    • Mountain Climbing
    • Skiing and Boarding

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    What You Need To Pack

    by syrin Written Nov 20, 2008

    Luggage and bags: Standard Luggage, Back Pack For When You Are Hiking

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good Hiking Shoes, long pants, sweaters, rain jacket, umbrella, clothes that protect you skin from the sun, bathing suit, shorts.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sun Block, Sun Block, Sub Block. The higher the SPF the better. It is easy to get burned and you will not know till it is too late.

    Photo Equipment: Tripod, Lens Cleaning Kit, Waterproof Camera Bag, Lens Hood

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Mosquito Repellent, Sun Block, Umbrella, Backpack, Lots Of Water

    Related to:
    • Backpacking
    • Budget Travel

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    Warm at the Beach, Cold on the Mountain

    by Nor_Cal_Brad Written Oct 21, 2012

    Luggage and bags: Pack at least 1 pair of pants and a long sleeve shirt if you plan on going to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park at night or to the summit of Mauna Kea, both of which I highly recommend. You will have a jacket and gloves provided to you if you take one of the guided tours to the summit of Mauna Kea.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you are going up to the summit of Mauna Kea, or if you're headed to Volcanoes National Park you will want to wear pants & a jacket. The Mauna Kea summit still has sub-freezing temperatures even during the summer. Volcanoes National Park had temperatures in the 50's at night when I was there in September, and Mauna Kea was cold ( 30 degrees) even with long pants, a winter parka, & heavy gloves.

    Photo Equipment: A camera with good nighttime capabilities would be preferable

    Mauna Kea Observatories at Sunset Mauna Kea at Sunset 2 Kiluaea Caldera from Visitor Center at Night On top of Mauna Kea at Sunset
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    • Hiking and Walking
    • National/State Park
    • Historical Travel

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