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    Lighten Your Luggage Load

    by starship Updated Jan 27, 2015

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    Luggage and bags: I really over-packed for this trip. Since the temperature in the islands is generally in the 80's or so year round, you can plan to pack light-weight clothing and do with one suitcase generally in Oahu. As on any trip, a heavy suitcase can be a detriment to your enjoyment!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Hawaii is almost universally a casual clothes kind of place. Smart casual clothes, and "aloha-wear" is fine for even nicer restaurants and nightlife for most people. The younger crowd tends to be even more casual. A very light jacket, sweater may be appropriate for high altitudes or late in the evening. Sandals and comfortable shoes for walking, and aqua shoes are great for snorkeling.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: On Oahu, you can find a wide variety of stores, pharmacies, etc., to pick up toiletries you might have forgotten as nearly anything and everything you might want is available, but it definitely would be less expensive to bring plenty of sunscreen, insect repellent, medicines, etc., from home.

    Photo Equipment: It goes without saying that you'll want to bring a lot of photo memory storage, extra camera batteries, etc., when you visit these islands and though widely available, it probably would be cheaper to bring it from home.

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    Packing List

    by byer1jam Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Luggage and bags: Only take the minimum you really need. Nothing more than one check on and one carry on bag. At left is Karen on the floor of Haleakala.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Got the wide brimmed hat, bathing suit, sandals, and sunscreen? Great! Don't forget a pair of pants, sweatshirt or fleece jacket, rain jacket/windbreaker, waliking shoes, maybe even hiking boots. What do ya need all this stuff for? You'll find Haleakala on Maui which is at 10,000 feet and the Big Island has two mountains over 13,000 feet. Even lower altitudes can be quite cool in the winter so be prepared.

    Visit the Hawaii Shrine at http://hwaiishrine.com to see more.

    Photo Equipment: Everything you can carry. Bring a tripod if you can stand it. Bring plenty of film that you've purchased ahead of time via the internet. Try B&H Photo in New York; http://www.bhphotovideo.com. You can buy film in Hawaii, but it'll cost a lot more than mail order from NY.

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    by jusdenise93 Written Feb 27, 2009

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Wear comfy shoes, slippers or flip flops would be advisable.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: The hotels usually have a beach towel so don't worry about bringing one.

    Miscellaneous: There's so many ABC store in Hawai'i, in evry corner you will see it.

    Taste of Hawai'i

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    Go Oahu Card

    by Susumarie Updated Oct 6, 2008

    Miscellaneous: With the GoOahu card, you get free admission to many popular attractions or free access to equipment. Attractions that aren't free offer discounts. They come in 1, 2, 3, 5 or 7 day cards, and many times you can get 10-15% off the going price of the card.
    You can go to as many attractions as you can fit in, once a day. With the 3, 5, or 7 day, you get an extra bonus, a choice of admission to the Polynesian Cultural Center, 1-day car rental, surfing lesson, or admission to Germaine's Luau, which I can tell you by personal experience is a GREAT deal of fun! The luau alone is $69 without the card.
    Right now, the adult 3-day pass is $117, which is less than $40/day. If you plan well, a very good bargain.
    Check out their website for all the included events, then all the added discounts -- you just can't miss!

    Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay (included) Surfboard rental (included) Germaine's Luau (included/discounted) Makani Catamaran Breakfast (or lunch) Cruise Trolley ride (1-day included)
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    Pack bathing suit, sunscreen and snorkelling gears

    by joiwatani Updated Jul 20, 2007

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    Luggage and bags: Bring an extra light beach bag and squeeze it in in your travelling bag. I brought an extra light beach bag to put the bathing suit, beach towel, sunscreen and to put bottled water. I squeezed the beach bag on the side of our travelling bag. This is very convenient because we have a place to put our stuff when we go to the beach. It's light and easy to carry. I put some snacks in there, too. This bag is better than bringing my purse! It is also for safety reasons. I just left my purse in the hotel!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Light clothes, t-shirts, cargo pants, capris and slippers. Everywhere, you can wear slippers - the Hawaiian style!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen

    Photo Equipment: Digital cameras

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Snorkelling gear so you don't have to rent. We bought our snorkelling gear at Costco for $29.00.

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    Bring water shoes!

    by dmoran Written Apr 27, 2007

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Water shoes are a must. Any visit will involve time in the water, but the volcanic rock can be extremely sharp, so you must have some kind of lightweight waterproof shoe that you can either swim or walk in. Then you can kayak to some tiny islet, step out and walk around on lava, wade in for a swim, and never have to worry about taking off your shoes and finding a way to keep them dry.

    Here we are wearing our water shoes
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    Packing for the Tropics

    by diver-x Updated Feb 25, 2007

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    Luggage and bags: No special bags for the plane trip, of course. Bring some day-packs for daily activities so you can carry beverages, munchies & sunblock. Most of the time, you'll be glad you brought extra drinks with you.

    If you plan to snorkel, bring a mesh bag that'll fit fins & the rest of your snorkel gear to carry it to the beach. Most dive shops and a lot of sports shops carry them.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Of course, bring a couple of swim suits!

    A lot of beaches in Hawai'i are rocky and have either lava rocks or coral in the water. So a good pair of water shoes are a must. Scuba shoes or booties work well too.

    In Maui if you are taking a tour to the top of Haleakala, most likely your tour company will supply cold weather gear, so no need to pack it. But I did bring a pair of those geeky pants that you can zip off the legs to make shorts. I thought they worked well but my husband kept making fun of me. ;>)

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Always bring water resistant sunscreen when traveling to the tropics. I like the Coppertone Sport line - the ones in the blue bottles. I need an SPF of at least 25.

    Photo Equipment: If you can rent or purchase an underwater camera or housing, go for it! Underwater disposable cameras only work well in very shallow water because they have no flash. You really need flash if you're any deeper than 5 feet. A lot of digital cameras have underwater housings made speicifically for that model, that you can buy online for about $200 or less. I think it's well worth the investment!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: I like the grass or ratan roll-up beach mats for the beach. Don't pack one though. You can buy them at the ABC convenience stores for $1 to $2. Also, if you're staying in a condo or renting a house, we found that all of the rentals we stayed in had boogie boards, sand chairs and sometimes even snorkel equipment in a "goodie closet", free for guest use. Check with the owner to see what might be available for free so you don't have to pack it.

    Beach on Kauai
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    Hawaii Packing Guide

    by agapotravel Written Feb 25, 2007

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    Luggage and bags: As light as possible...after 9 flights, 4 rental cars, and 4 accomodations, we learned that we packed too much stuff we didn't need.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Leave the suits and "dress up" clothes at home. Even when we went out for a nice dinner, it was very casual. You do need a couple of pairs of hiking shoes if you plan on doing a lot of hiking. We each took 3 pairs and only brought 1 home....

    Photo Equipment: Lots of memory/film for your camera

    Miscellaneous: Bug spray is a MUST....especially on Kauai

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    Use plenty of sunscreen and wear a hat

    by Pattons Written Feb 4, 2006

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I have seen many visitors to Hawaii end up with terrible sunburns. Since there is a constant tradewind you often don't feel the sun's intensity. When snorkeling it is advisable to wear a tee shirt to avoid a severe burn on your back.

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    Sunscreen, Sunscreen and more Sunscreen!

    by kalaika Written May 16, 2004

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Hawaii's casual attitude makes packing a breeze. For daytime, shorts, tee shirts, sandals and a swimsuit are usually all that's needed besides your sunscreen. For evening, sundresses for women and slacks and a shirt for men. Leave plenty of space in your luggage for souvenirs, gifts, Macadamia nuts and Kona Coffee to take home.

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    Don't pack much

    by 2rs Updated Feb 6, 2004

    Luggage and bags: Make sure you don't lock your check in luggage as the TSA may screen it, and if it's locked they have to break the locks in order to complete their screening. More info available at http://www.tsa.gov.

    Miscellaneous: There is really no need to pack much, as you propbly will be shopping lots of aloha wear etc. and need room for this in your bags.

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    by cm1977 Written Dec 17, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: 1 carry-on bag for your camera/film etc.
    1 suitcase

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: tank-tops, shorts, short sleve shirts, flip-flops, teva-type sandals, sneakers, light jacket (for night time)

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: the basics, there's two Walmart's on Oahu if you forget something :)

    Photo Equipment: a good camera, underwater camera

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: beach towel, bathing suit, swimming gear, sunblock, sunglasses

    Miscellaneous: Chances are you'll be in for a long plane ride like me. They served a lot of food/drinks on the planes I was on but just in case you might to bring a few snacks depending how long of a flight you have, ours was 8-9 hours one-way.

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    A good jacket and heavy pants

    by BlueCollar Written Apr 29, 2003

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you are planning to go to the top of Haleakala on Maui or Mauna Kea on the Big Island, you better pack warm clothes. It can be below freezing up there. See my tips on Haleakala and Mauna Kea for some more info.

    Photo Equipment: Those single-use waterproof cameras work great for above-water use, too. If you just want a fun picture and not worry about your expensive camera equipment getting caught in the rain, give one of these a try.

    On top of Mauna Kea with Mauna Loa in background
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    Debbie and Tim's Kauia Camping

    by dstachov Written Apr 2, 2003

    Luggage and bags: 2 large bags and 1 carry on each

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Shorts, Shoes, Tshirts, hiking shoes, sandals.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: 1st aid kit, medications

    Photo Equipment: Camera and Binoculars

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Tent, double sleeping bag, flashlight, power converter

    Miscellaneous: We will need to rent two chairs, place to cook, fishing equipment and other items for camping

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  • Packing for the ultimate vacation

    by lorilson Updated Mar 30, 2003

    Luggage and bags: Are you planning to take home lots of souvenirs? Pack an extra bag in your luggage, or better yet, pack your items in the smaller suitcase, and put it in a larger one, like "layering" ... you now have a second suitcase to take home all your goodies.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Try not to over pack. Beach clothes, a few shorts & tops, at least one nice outfit for a night out; walking shoes, and a nice pair in case you plan on going out to a more classy place.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring a good sunscreen.

    Photo Equipment: A good camera and some film : a must.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: A visor or ball cap; your swim wear. Going snorkeling? Bring the necessary items if you don't plan on renting them here.

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