What to pack for Kauai

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    The Ultimate Kauai Guide

    by pamstravels Updated Apr 2, 2007

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    Miscellaneous: The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook: Kauai Revealed was the most thorough guide book I have ever read! The authors listed everything down to the mile marker. They visited every spot on this island and wrote about it, no matter how remote. My copy has been highlighted and dogeared! So much to see I must go back again.

    They also have a web page that you can use when you purchase the book to view additional information such as hotel reviews and photo's.

    They reviewed restaurants all over the island and marked the ones they recommend with an ONO logo. What was really helpful is they also list the prices of each restaurant so we were able to stay in our budget and eat well.

    During our stay at one of the hotels that they listed as a GEM, we met another couple who was using this book as well. They stayed for two weeks so had a chance to check out hiking trails and hidden beachs that were listed in the guide.

    Best Book!

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    Island "Survival" Kit

    by keida84 Updated Jun 7, 2006

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    Luggage and bags: I always bring an extra duffle bag filled with items that I bring with me to use while on the island. This includes sunscreen, underwater cameras, laundry detergent and other food items that are expensive to buy on the island. Then when you are ready to leave for home you will have an extra bag to off load dirty clothes or use the bag to carry your souveniers.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Hawai'i is very casual and nice restaurants do not require a suit or tie for men, but resort wear (Hawai'ian shirts and nice slacks) are generally accepted. Women can wear a sundress or nice slacks and Hawai'ian shirt as well, beach wear or thongs (flip flops) are not good choices.

    Overall you will need a bathing suit and some type of cover up. Did you know that the makers of Rit Dye now has a sunscreen formula to wash into your clothes? There are clothes which are already manufactured and are available through "Travel Smiths and Magellean" travel companies. These garments really do work and provide a modicum of sun protection which is needed in the tropics.

    Water shoes also prove to be valuable as they allow the wearer to walk in the water as well as on land. Rinse them out well when you are through with them and then air dry. This helps them stay fresh and clean.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Make sure you pack some good sunscreen or suncream with a high SPF and a waterproof formula. Aloe vera gel is great for skin conditioning for after exposure to the sun. I would also recommend a good triple anti-biotic cream for minor scrapes and cuts.

    Photo Equipment: Take your camera and extra film or media cards as you will take a lot of photos while on the island. Bring extra batteries and a charging cord. You can actually find places on the island to download your photos to CD while you are there.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: I like to bring my own dry snorkel and prescription mask for snorkeling, I don't bring my fins as they are so cheap to rent while I am there on the island.

    Poipu beach is grea for snorkeling
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    Mosquito Repellent or Suffer (for real)

    by girladventure Updated Jul 5, 2007

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    Luggage and bags: Don't forget your daypack/hydration pack if you plan on hiking.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Warm weather clothing. Kauai is so laid back and casual. Daily attire will consist of swimwear, shorts and tanks. For shoes, I highly recommend you bring KEEN sandals. Great for both men and women. It gives you ample ventilation and great for adventures in and out of water. We hiked on those for 6 hours. You can get them from any adventure stores such as REI. Maybe a really light rain/wind proof jacket would be handy. Although even when it rains there it's still warm. Take a wide brim hat!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: MOSQUITO REPELLENT IS A MUST! If you plan on going hiking (even for short hikes) you will definitely need it. They are everywhere waiting for your sweet blood. If you plan on going to Kipu Falls beware!! When we went there a group of family came out with a 100 bites each (ok I'm exaggerating). They are practically covered with bites. NEOSPORIN would also be handy when you go on a hike. The best trails are mostly walking over lava rocks, protruding roots of trees. HAND SANITIZER is also good to have. ALOE VERA in case you get sunburned. Last but not least SUNSCREEN!

    Photo Equipment: Waterproof cameras are great for underwater picture taking. I'm sure you will go snorkeling.
    Take lots of memories for your digital - photo ops are endless.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Snorkeling gear - bring your own or you can rent there too. You can borrow beach towels from hotels or bring your own. You can also purchase them on the island. There's a Walmart and a Costco in Lihue.

    Miscellaneous: Get the ULTIMATE KAUAI GUIDEBOOK by Andrew Doughty who lives in Kauai. Seems like everybody knows about this book because I've seen it carried by a lot of people when I was there. It has maps and everything on this book is dead on. You can order it from Amazon.com

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    Bikinis, Sarongs and Board Shorts

    by AliasGirl Written Aug 4, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: Beach bag/and or a small duffel for day trips (snorkel & scuba excursions) to other locales.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: ALL THE TIME: Resort wear, it is a 5 star hotel.
    All water wear: bikini, sarongs, flip flops, board shorts. Sunglasses, hat, suntan lotion, *beach bag* we forgot ours and just bought a generic hotel bag - was fine, another reason to visit sundry store!

    Daytime: casual but comfy walking shoes and dress smartly (everyone looks fab)

    Evening: ladies-sundresses, capri pants and a cool top. bring those silver or gold shoes you have hiding in your closet so chic for dinner nightcap!
    men-pants and linen tops, short sleeve button downs, nice slip on shoes and one jacket for that special restaurant evening

    Month of September -
    For the ladies a light jacket in the evening time to cover your shoulders.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Normal stuff, however, sundry store is complete-don't worry!

    Photo Equipment: Tons of photo equipment and a charge on your digital camera.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Snorkeling and scuba equipment

    Miscellaneous: Books to help enjoy and pass your day at beach/pool. I must have read three small books during my week stay.

    Postcard: Dole Kids c Castle & Cooke, Inc.
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    Mosquito Repellent or Blood Lettings!

    by clws Written Nov 11, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: We always pack a suitcase inside a suitcase so we can have extra space to bring home souveniers, coffee, and mac nuts!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Casual and comfy clothes a must! Swim suits if you plan on swimming or sunbathing. Reef shoes if you plan on snorkeling or hiking in wet areas. A jacket or sweatshirt comes in handy for cool evening walks! A nice hat to keep the sun off your head and help keep it out of your eyes. And last but not least, sunglasses.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Suncreen is a must. The sun can be rough on you. Mosquito repellent is also a must if you want to avoid a blood letting!

    Photo Equipment: Definately bring a camera, there is so much you will want to capture! Plenty of film if your camera requires it and extra batteries! If you have a digital camera, make sure you have a nice sized memory card or stick because you will take so many pictures here!

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    Packing List

    by mary_birt Written Oct 6, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: You don't need to take too many clothes with you,mainly shorts and t.shirts and maybe a couple of tidy outfits if you eat out. You don't want to end up with a heavy lable on your cases like I had.
    Plenty of sun screen and always try to have some drinking water with you.

    Photo Equipment: A good camera and plenty of film there are so many beautiful things to take pictures of. Usually magnificent waterfalls.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: > PLEASE GO TO TRAVELOGUE

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    Ladies, plan to wear your hair in a ponytail!

    by GracesTrips Updated Oct 21, 2014

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Even though we did not experience extreme humidity, it is much more humid than it is in California. I usually wear my hair straight by using lots of hair products and a straight iron. Well, this was pointless since my hair would frizz out in this climate. So, I wore my hair in a French braid or ponytail most of the time. Swimming in the ocean each day was another reason not to fix my hair each day.

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    The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Nov 23, 2005

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    Miscellaneous: I've read and studied scores - perhaps hundreds - of guidebooks to various places I have visited over the years, and never have I found one as enjoyable or useful as The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook. We bought our copy, the 5th edition, at a bookstore in Cincinnati before leaving on our trip. If you can't find it in your local bookstore, it can be ordered online or picked up at many places throughout the island after you arrive.

    Written by Kauai residents, Andrew Doughty and Harriett Friedman, the book is locally published by Wizard Publications, Inc. in Lihue. This ultimate guide tells of so many places neglected by other guide books that it would take months to explore them all. There's lots of practical detail, the kind of stuff you could only get from a savvy local with a sense of adventure The book is written in a very engaging style and is often humorous. I wouldn't think of returning to Kauai without it.

    The Untimate Kauai Guidebook

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  • In order to not make a complete spectacle

    by KauaiFinn Updated Jun 20, 2005

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Pack the very least possible. Bring ALL the swimwear you own and consider those your daily UNDER-wear (for easy removal of OVER-wear when coming across beaches).

    SOCKS: Socks are a very big NEON SIGN pointing right at you that says; "TOURIST HERE!!!! TOURIST HERE!!!" --- maybe just bring 1 or 2 pairs of socks in case you realllllly think you need them (i can't imagine what for...)

    There is little/no need for dresswear unless you really just want to get gussied up for some special occasion. Otherwise, there's been only one place thus far that has turned me away with regards to my attire: And.... **drum roll** That was BORDER'S BOOKS. Yes!! Border's Books kicked me out for not having shoes on.

    Photo Equipment: Bring them all - but KEEP THEM SAFE. THEFT IS RAMPANT IN HAWAII. I'm so sorry to report this.... but it's true. We have a very bad drug problem out here...

    I felt it's only fair to warn you of this.... :-(

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: You don't need much! I have actually lived in a tent for up to 6 months at a time - all I TRULY needed really was a tent, some blankets or sheets, and a pillow.

    OFCOURSE if you are going to go on a hike somewhere far from "civilization" - bring LOTS of water (or those purification drops/tablets to clean stream water with)(i forget what they are called).

    WORST CASE SCENARIO: If you are in the middle of nowhere and do not have fresh water supply or tablets or means of purifying the water: Find a place where the water is dripping right out through the rocks. The rocks serve as a filter for most bacteria.

    This is not a guarantee - but it's always worked for me.

    Miscellaneous: Hang loose! No need to make a fashion statement here!!! Heck, I go to the grocery store in the mornings sometimes without even brushing my hair.

    Welcome to the land where you can really TRULY hang loose (except for on Oahu)


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    by newsphotogirl Updated Mar 29, 2006

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Resort wear: bathing suits, sarongs, shorts, tank tops, capris, sandals, and something nice for a night out.
    Hiking: good shoes (it can get muddy), a light windbreaker and/or light rain jacket.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen and lots of it.

    Photo Equipment: Bring your camera and lots of film or disk space.

    Miscellaneous: Snorkel gear although you can rent or buy on the island
    Water shoes/Tabis. I know they are kind of dorky but if you are going snorkeling you'll wish you had them.

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    Sunscreen, underwater cameras, & Hawaiian clothes!

    by GlobalMatt Written Oct 3, 2006

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I highly recommend getting Hawaiian print-type shirts & similar dress for the ladies. This isn't just a tourist thing...the locals really do wear this type of clothing all the time! So, get decked out and hang 10 in Kaua'i!!!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring lots of sunscreen or you'll end up with a scorching sunburn. Hawaii is just south of the Tropic of Cancer and you WILL get burned if you don't put some on...especially in the summer months.

    Photo Equipment: Underwater cameras are an absolute must BEFORE you leave for Kaua'i....unless you want to pay the premium prices for them while you're on the island. There are endless diving, snorkeling, & swimming possibilities on Kaua'i.

    Wear your Hawaiian stuff!! Celebrating anniversary at a luau - 2006

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  • Water Purifer

    by Hawaii-5-0 Written Aug 31, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Camping

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Prevent dehydration and heat stroke.Speaking from experience, you can never carry enough safe drinking water along the Kalalau trail.Sooner or later you will run out of safe drinking water.The heat, humidity and physical exertion will take it's toll on your body.Have used and recommend the following:
    1)Sweetwater Guardian purification system with viralstop. $69.00
    2)Portable Aqua and P.A. Plus-iodine tablets. $5.00
    I would recommend a water purifer over iodine tablets.The water taste better and less side effects from iodine intake.Big cost factor difference.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: WATER PURIFIER....OR...... IODINE TABLETS........ VERY,VERY, VERY IMPORTANT !

    Miscellaneous: Leptospirosis - virus - in untreated drinking water is very nasty and is something you do not want to get on your vacation.The 3 only ways to safely eliminate the virus and make mountain stream water safe to drink are: 1) boil water for 10 minutes, 2) use a water purifer which uses either chlorine or iodine, or 3)use iodine tablets.

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  • Equipment

    by Hawaii-5-0 Written Aug 31, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Back pack: 2500-2900 cu.inch capacity or smaller.
    Pack as LITE as possible.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good pair hiking boots.
    Clothing should be lite and thin for easy wash and drying. Not much clothing is needed at the end of the trail.Trust me.... 95% of the people who make it to the end of the trail are naked....it must be the strong and uncontrollable urge to reconnect with nature or the Adam and Eve Syndrome of being in paradise.
    Temp. rarely drops below 60 F.
    (sleeping bag not necessary)

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Basic first aid kit.

    Photo Equipment: Small compact camera with built in zoom lens,wide angle lens and flash.(Saves on weight and space.)
    Extra film. ASA 400 Keep all film and camera in a waterproof bag. Zip Lock

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Camping permits for different camp sites;
    lite wt. tent,food,stove,fuel,pot,flash light,
    water purifer,freeze dried food. (Japanese ramen noodles were great)
    Avoid taking any canned or glass food items.Thats extra weight and you have to pack the empty containers out.

    Miscellaneous: walking stick-(firm branch or stick will do)
    invaluable when crossing streams,slippery muddy parts of the trail,and loose volcanic soil.
    Helps to maintain balance and reduce stress on your back and knees.

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  • Cotton

    by Hawaii-5-0 Written Aug 31, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Avoid taking any clothing made from cotton.If your gear should get wet or if you do any laundry, it takes forever to dry.
    Try to take clothing made from synthetic material like nylon,polyester, capilene or cool max.They are cooler, lighter and dry a lot faster.

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