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    Bring along a good guide book

    by Gypsystravels Updated Aug 13, 2015

    Luggage and bags: A good guide book is essential if you plan to explore the island. I was happy to take along the one I have and book marked places and things to do. I didn't plan ahead during this trip and was happy having my guide book which helped us decide on what to do and how to get there.

    For Hawaii, the Revealed Guidebooks are excellent, well written with so much information. The books are full of hidden gems and the mile markers of where to find them. This was a great guide in helping us along the Hana Highway and I would recommend this book to anyone.

    There is a whole series of books for each and every Hawaiian island.

    Maui Revealed, an excellent guide book
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    Everything you need for fun in the sun!

    by Gypsystravels Updated Mar 25, 2015

    Luggage and bags: I always travel as light as I can no matter how long I am traveling for. I usually take a roller board and a carry on. A back pack and shoulder bag.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You're in a tropical island so it will be quite casual and laid back. A few casual beach dresses, beach cover ups, bathing suits (at least one for every day), one evening dress, flip flops, water shoes, dressy sandals, for my darling, casual trousers, shorts, t-shirts, short sleeve shirt, swim trunks, casual walking shoes and flips.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I usually pack my own shampoo and conditioner, deodorant, lotion and body wash, toothpaste, toothbrush, hairbrush and hair ties as well as a small first aid kit which includes pain killers, antibacterial ointment, bandages, packets of alcohol towels, wipes, my asthma medication and any other type of meds I may need.

    Photo Equipment: My digital cameras, three of them, memory cards, memory readers.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: A hat or two, beach towels, sun screen, sunglasses and my snorkel gear.

    Miscellaneous: I take along something to read as well as my tablet.

    Don't forget the flips Bathing suits Casual day wear
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    Packing for a Tropical Vacation

    by cjg1 Updated Jan 14, 2015

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    Luggage and bags: Depending on the length of the trip. For anything more than a weekend we take a full suitcase and my backpack for camera equipment.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Casual is the theme in Hawaii and even their more "formal" restuarants are pretty laid back on the dress code compared to the mainland. I usually pack a bunch of tee shirts, shorts, swim trunks, UV swim shirts, flips, hat, and at least one good dres shirt and pair of linen pants.

    My wife keeps it simple with sundresses and bathingsuits.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Shampoo and the usual.

    My wife is a travelling pharmacy so she has all of our medical needs covered from first aid to sunbur; migraine to bug bite.

    Photo Equipment: Digital cameras, water camera, my Cannon, charges and memory cards.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: UV swim shirts, swim trunks, hat, water shoes.

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    Sun Block & Bug Repellent

    by cjg1 Updated Dec 30, 2014

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    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sun Block and Bug Repellant are a must pack when we travel. We usually bring several types of sunblock: one for the body and one for the face. We tend to buy products with an SPF or 70 or higher as we are both fair skinned. As for bug repellant we usually bring two: OFF and a brand made by Avon. The OFF we use to spray beach chairs and umbrellas. The Avon we use on our skin and it more gentle and less toxic.

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    Water Camera

    by cjg1 Updated Dec 30, 2014

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    Photo Equipment: A water camera is a must when traveling to an island or beach destination. My wife and I both have our own water cameras along with floatation belts. These cameras are a no worry way to take excellent water shots especially when snorkeling.

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    Maui packing list

    by Dabs Updated Aug 2, 2007

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Aqua shoes if you plan to snorkel off the beach
    Swim suit
    Sweater/light jacket if you plan to go to summit of Haleakala
    Tshirt for snorkeling, even with sunscreen on, I got burnt
    Snorkel gear
    Shoes with good treads if you plan on hiking

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen

    Photo Equipment: Underwater camera

    Miscellaneous: If you are staying in a condo and don't mind lugging food, boxed and canned goods are much cheaper in the mainland US. You can't bring in fruits, vegetables, dairy or meat, of course.

    Lots of money!

    Guidebook-"Maui Revealed", they had a copy at our condo and it was an excellent resource

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    Sunny skies does not mean sunburn

    by keida84 Written Jul 28, 2007

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I am an avid sun lover however, being fair skinned and a red head this equates to very little sun tolerance. I have found several products which allows me to spend almost an unlimited time in the sun without sunscreen and without burning. The first one is called a "Solarveil" this is a woven shirt that has the protection of 50 spf. The shirt is very lightweight and holds up during repeated washings. I have 2 of them turquoise and pink. The turquoise I have had for countless number of years and it is holding up well. They retail for about $59 usd. That might seem a lot, but considering how much I use them and how long I have had them the cost balances out quickly. To purchase one try: http://www.magellans.com or http://sungrubbies.com or http://www.solumbra.com I also have a swim suit when I snorkel it looks like a spring wet suit but much lighter weight, I zip it on over my regular suit and away I go. This covers my arms, legs (down to my knees) and zips up high on my neck.

    Miscellaneous: The last but not least sun product I use is made by Rit Dye. Known as "Sun Guard" this is a SPF product that you can wash directly into your clothes. A normal white T shirt is spf rated 5, Sun Guard boosts the protection to spf 30. It leaves no marks nor does it change the color of your clothing. Sun Guard will not add protection to clothing made of acrylic or 100% polyester clothing.IT will work on cottons, linen, silks and rayons. Do not use bleach and the sun protective factor will last about 50 washes.

    Sally has the pink Solarveil on
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  • Special items that make life easier

    by LisaRex Written Jul 13, 2006

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    Luggage and bags: Aquapac waterproof waist packs come in very handy for carrying room and car keys/money while you're snorkeling/hiking. Aquapac.com or check out your local boating/canoeing store or water park for cheaper alternatives.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Reef shoes are a must with all the lava rocks. I also have purchased my own dry snorkel and mask. They don't take up too much room and you don't have to worry about sanitization problems.

    Take along a waterproof windbreaker even on the sunniest days if you go sailing or take a trip to Hana.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Insulated lunch bags come in very handy for day trips to the beach or hikes. Use the complimentary ice machines at the hotel/condo to keep your lunch and drinks cool. The best selection of these are found during back-to-school time (July/Aug/Sept).

    Miscellaneous: Keep your travel papers organized with a 5.5" x 8.5" zippered organizer. Daytimer makes a great version (see link below), which includes:

    Credit card slots (handy to put things like hotel/rental card loyalty cards, discount cards, etc.);
    Colored tabs that you can label (e.g. "Rental Car Maui"), blank looseleaf for taking notes, a calendar for jotting down activities, pockets for airline tickets, etc.

    You'll also need to purchase a 7-hole punch so that you can insert hotel confirmations, etc. I have found this the easiest way to organize all my important papers.

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    Don't forget the sunblock!

    by worldglobetrotter Updated Apr 2, 2006

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    Luggage and bags: To eliminate some stress and hassle, I decided to take only a carry-on.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you plan on doing the Haleakala sunrise...dress warmly, trust me. We went in January and obviously a T-shirt, sweatshirt, jeans and a coat wasn't warm enough. My hands were numb as I tried to capture the beauty of the sunrise.

    Other than that, casual is the way to go:
    Swimsuit (duh!)
    A casual dress for a nice dinner
    Flip flops for the pool
    Comfortable shoes
    Light jacket (We did get rained on so a water-proof jacket is nice. As I said if you want to see the sunrise, dress warmly...it's freezing, literally!).

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunblock
    Aloe Vera
    Minimal makeup
    Shampoo/Conditioner (it's a good idea to use small plastic travel-size bottles from Wal-Mart or another store and then just toss them before returning.)
    Body soap
    Prescription drugs (keep in your carry-on)

    Photo Equipment: Digital camera and many memory cards. We brought my laptop with us and downloaded the photos every night so we could start out with a new memory card the next day. Ended up with 500 photos!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: This is where your bathing suit and flip flops come in.

    Miscellaneous: Bring a sense of adventure. This is such a beautiful island...so much to do.

    It's also a good idea to stow a collapsible duffle bag in the bottom of your suitcase so you don't have to buy another bag/suitcase for all your souvenirs!

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    Sunscreen a MUST

    by msaardvark Written Oct 22, 2005

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you are going to the top of Haleakala Volcano for a sunrise don't underestimate how cold it gets. I took my silk thermal underwear and boy was I glad I did. I also took a polar fleece jacket and was wearing a tank top, t-shirt and long sleeved shirt. Gloves are also a must.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring the sunscreen because no one from the mainland is beyond needing it. I used SPF 30 on the body and SPF 45 on my face and neck. The 45 kept me sun free but even the 30 allowed me to get a bit sunburned in places...and I live in CA with alot of sun! Take care.

    Photo Equipment: You can never have enough film or a large flash card for Hawaii. One beach scene is NOT just another beach scene!

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    The ultimate Guidebook to Maui

    by seamandrew Updated Oct 13, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: Let me start by saying the following book is not liked by the people of Maui because it has exposed many of the island's sacred lands and secret places to unappreciative tourists. It's hard to balance the value of this book and the feelings of the people of the island. When reading this tip, and reading the book, please regard anything suggested to you as a sacred thing that must be appreciated and treasured. Should you decide to be adventurous, be mindful of the views of the people of Maui. Respect what has been offered to you.

    Miscellaneous: Now for the book...

    An absolute must on all trips to Maui is to purchase a copy of 'Maui Revealed: The Ultimate Guidebook.' Let me tell you, that the title is so "on the money." Not only does this guidebook offer accurate and in depth descriptions of all the popular sites, but it also tells you about the unpopular sites that are well worth a visit. Scratch that, they're must sees! The authors even tell you where to get the best banana bread.

    We originally purchased the Insight Guides book on Hawaii, but two friends of ours bought this book for us. They used it on their trip and insisted that we have a copy. What a difference! Thanks Steve and Linsey!

    Using this book will also mean that you must rent the 4x4 truck (Jeep Wrangler--see transportation tips). Otherwise, you will miss out on so much! I guarantee you won't regret buying this guide or the Jeep rental!.

    For quicker searches online, the ISBN number is 0971727902.

    The Ultimate Guidebook to Maui
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    Be prepared !!!

    by GK2005 Written Sep 13, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: 1. A handy and reasonably spacious backpack.
    2. Travel Books, maps, pamphlets for information and direction.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 1. Swimsuits.
    2. Sandals.
    3. Hiking shoes.
    4. Sunglasses.
    5. Cap (sun is really harsh)
    6. Light T-shirts, Hawaiian shirts.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: 1. Tylenol, Advil.
    2. Band-aids.
    3. Insect Repellant (Anti bug spray).

    Photo Equipment: 1. Digital Camera
    2. Additional memory cards
    3. Camcorder
    4. Additional discs
    5. Binocular
    6. Rechargeable Batteries
    7. Battery Charger.
    8. Camcorder charger.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: 1. Swim trunks.
    2. Sandals.
    3. Sun Tan Lotion.
    4. Bottled Water.

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    Resort Wear: Bikinis, Sarongs, Shorts & Heels

    by AliasGirl Written Sep 2, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: Just enough to hold all your clothes and personal items. Most of the shopping you do is small things, so no need to bring that expandable bag!

    Tip: Large items can be sent directly home! Ex. cases of pineapples, wine etc., Duty Free Shopping

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Well for the Four Seasons, its complete resort wear..

    Let's start with the ladies..During the day, you will most likely wear your bathing suit and a sarong or cover up with a nice pair of sandals/flip flops. Shades, straw brimmed hat, baseball hat, floppy bucket hat.

    Midday - Casual shorts and a nice tank top or tee shirt. Sandals, sneakers flip flops, etc.

    Dinner - Depends on wear you are going of course. I mostly wore sundresses with sandals, dressy shorts set, capri pants with a nice top.

    For the men..During the day, bathing suit with a clean tee shirt, beach shoes. Shades and a baseball hat are also a must.

    Midday - Shorts and a nice tee shirt, pretty much the same as beach wear.

    Dinner - Khaki shorts or khaki pants with a nice polo shirt or short sleeve button down. Bring nice casual slip on loafers for nicer restaurants. You may want to bring a jacket, some restaurants require a jacket, check beforehand. My hubby mostly wore polo shirts and khaki pants for dinner with boat shoes.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Normal supply, that you always carry with you on trips. Extra bandaids in case you get blisters. *If you buy new shoes for your trip, use them a week or two before you go, so you don't get a nasty blister*

    Aloe vera, in case yo get a sunburn, like we did the first day!

    Photo Equipment: Plenty of film, rev up that digicam..

    Underwater camera (throwaway) for snorkeling trips and beach days. Also, a panaramic camera (also a throwaway) takes awesome pictures.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Snorkel equipment, if you have. Rent all other, its not worth it to bring a boogie board from home.

    Miscellaneous: Books, magazines, playing cards for the beach..whatever makes you relax.

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    Your complete Hawaii pack list!

    by Erin74 Written Dec 10, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: Bring a tote bag for the beach/pool and a small backpack to take on the Road to Hana.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Hawaii is very casual. You probably only need to bring a nice outfit if you're dining at a good restaurant. Bring lots of shorts and comfortable clothes for warm weather.

    You should bring a pair of shoes that you can wear in the water. The beach in Ka'anapali can be very rocky in places. My boyfriend cut his toe open in the surf and wasn't able to swim for the rest of our trip. You'll also want these for walking to and from the waterfalls on the Road to Hana.

    Bring a good hat. The sun is strong, and even with sunscreen on you'll want a hat to keep your face from burning.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: BUG SPRAY and SUNSCREEN. If you bring nothing else, bring these. The sun is very powerful in Hawaii. Even if you don't burn at home, you will here. Wear sunscreen even if you're going to the beach for a short time and even if you're just out walking around. Nothing ruins a vacation like a nasty burn.

    You'll only need the bug spray on the Road to Hana and in the Iao Valley, but you'll be really sorry if you forget it. The bugs here are vicious.

    Photo Equipment: Bring lots of film, because it can be expensive in Hawaii. If you bring 800 speed film or higher, be sure to have it hand-checked at the airports so the x-ray doesn't damage it.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: The hotel will supply towels for the beach and pool. Your snorkeling tour will provide masks and fins. Unless you're really coming to do some camping, you probably don't need any other gear.

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    Suburn in the most unexpected places

    by whitneyone Updated Sep 29, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: Take lots of sunscreen. I'm a life long sunbunny and have the skin to show for it. I have just learned to use sunscreen. I also tan quite easily and in the past have used an 8 to 15. This time we started at 45 and STILL got some color. I didn't downgrade to 15 until our 4th day. That sun is WAY strong!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The very first day, while waiting for me in the jeep, my poor partner got sunburned quite badly on the arms while parked in a parking lot. He needed to wear a long sleeved shirt for a couple of days after that. You MAY get too much sun, so pack something light to wear over your sunburned self if it hapens.

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