Hawaii (Big Island) What to Pack

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Hawaii (Big Island) What to Pack

  • Travel Light

    Kailua-Kona What to Pack

    Just pack lightly! And pack shorts in your carry-on to change into once you reach the islands: the airport isn't air-conditioned, and you exit the plane on the HOT black tarmac! Light, short-sleeved shirts and lots of shorts. A good pair of walking shoes. One semi-formal outfit if you plan on having a meal at a hotel restaurant. All such items can...

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  • Bring a camera

    Hilo What to Pack

    You're better off not bringing loads of clothing here as you'll probably be shopping for it anyway. The good news is, you need not bring cold weather gear as it's pretty comfortable weather wise. Unless you are traveling with family or staying long term, travel light in the luggage department. Shoes are a must, preferably tennis shoes if you're...

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    Volcano What to Pack

    Be sure to take some warm clothing, as the weather can, and usually does change in this region. It was a lovely day when I did this tour, but it suddenly got quite cool when we reached the Volcano National Park, and we had showers as well. Good photographic equipment, and lots of spare film. You are going to need it... If you are going to camp...

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  • Dress for Climate Extremes

    Hawaii (Big Island) What to Pack

    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. If you are going up to the summit of Mauna Kea, or if...

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  • Sunscreen

    Kailua-Kona What to Pack

    It is never very cold in Kona. Shorts and capris are year around wear. You may need a light jacket if you are out on the water though. Take along some comfy walking shoes for walking up and down Alii drive. Of course a swimsuit is a must. The sun is very bright so you would do well to have a sun screen for your camera. If you don't have one try...

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  • Swim suits

    Hawaii (Big Island) What to Pack

    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. More film than you think you will need Swim suits and cool, loose clothing Most of Hawaii is very casual, and hot. Pack appropriately for the warm...

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  • Extended stay

    Kailua-Kona What to Pack

    One big suitcase for your Souvenirs you won't need much. Don't forget to tag your luggage so you don't get it mixed up a lot of us shop in the same places:) Weather varies within 74-84 degrees Farenheit and humidity 64-74 percent all year long. Winter travelers we have snow here in Hawaii for those of you who didn't know! Nothing fancy though no...

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  • Water Shoes Make Life Easier

    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.

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  • Warm at the Beach, Cold on the Mountain

    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. If you are going up to the summit of Mauna Kea, or...

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  • Flash lights are overpriced!

    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...

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  • What You Need To Pack

    Standard Luggage, Back Pack For When You Are Hiking Good Hiking Shoes, long pants, sweaters, rain jacket, umbrella, clothes that protect you skin from the sun, bathing suit, shorts. 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. Tripod, Lens Cleaning Kit,...

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  • Winter Wonderland in Hawaii

    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. Mitten; woolen hat; chap stick or vaseline gel for your lip. A pair of long...

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  • Things I Didn't Think Of...

    Bring some reef shoes for the beach and water. 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! 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...

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  • Travel light!

    * Map and guidebook;* Crackers;* 2 Liter of water;* Fruit / power bars. * Hiking boots;* 1 extra t-shirt;* Shorts with many pockets;* Sunglasses;* Fleece type jacket;* Hat / cap;* Raincoat. * Lip balm;* (Neck) sunblock;* Band-aids. * Camera and lots of films!* Filter;* Extra batteries;* Lens 210 mm. * Binocular;* Compass.

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  • Towel or Mat...hmmmmm...

    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,...

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  • It is cooler than you think

    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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  • Don't Forget

    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. More film than you think you will need Swim suits and cool, loose clothing Most of Hawaii is very casual, and hot. Pack appropriately for the...

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  • swim suits

    The less, the better! 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. Sunscreen, mossie spray, sunglasses Digi camera, extra batteries and LARGE memory card. It's a Big Island, after all! Slippahs, lava lava's, towels,...

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  • Casual wear and basic necessities...

    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. You can take basics.......(just in case)......aspirin, something for upset stomach if you...

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