Hawaii (State of) What to Pack

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Hawaii (State of) What to Pack

  • Beachwear & Sunscreen!

    Honolulu What to Pack

    Bring flip-flops with you or plan to buy some when you arrive. See my Local Customs tip. Pack clothing suitable for tropical weather. The young women in this photo, with their black stockings and high heeled shoes, were dressed as if they were in New York City, and they just looked silly. Plus, they must have been extremely uncomfortable. It was...

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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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  • 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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  • Packing List

    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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  • Attire

    Oahu What to Pack

    Depending on the length of the trip a rollaboard or a regular suitcase is good. Hawaii is pretty casual with dress so no need for the formal clothes. We packed a bunch of tee shirts, shorts, linen pants and some Tommy Bahama shirts for me. I brought several swimtrunks and flips for the beach. Contacts, contact solution, bandaids, aspirin, hair gel,...

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  • Packing

    Kauai What to Pack

    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...

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Shopping

    Oahu What to Pack

    Most things from the smallest items all the way to clothing and beach gear can be purchased at one of the many ABC stores. So why not leave some of the bulky stuff behind and just pick up some in Oahu. Our last trip we decided to pack light since we tend to do "too much shopping" on our vacations and wind up purchasing more luggage to haul it...

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  • Campiing Supplies

    Kauai What to Pack

    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!!! 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...

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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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  • Sun/Weather Safety

    Oahu What to Pack

    Bugs haven't usually been an issue for us when visiting Hawaii until our most recent trip. My wife got some gigantic mosquito bits on her ankle and back. Fortunately we always carry Insect repellant as well as cortisone cream to help deal with the itch of a bite....my wife travels with a portable pharmacy it seems.

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  • Ultimate Kauai Guidebook

    Kauai What to Pack

    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...

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  • Water Activities

    Oahu What to Pack

    My wife and I enjoy swimming whether it is at the pool or beach. Swiming for us is more enjoyable when we have the right gear such as water shoes and UV Swim shirts. Nothing ruins a day at the beach like sun burn or cut up feet.

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  • Hiking

    Oahu What to Pack

    You'll need good pair of hiking shoes. Sneackers will do, but some more professional type of shoes will prevent you from getting wet feet. Although if you're going to cross streams nothing will save you. If you go hiking, make sure you have plenty of water with you. In the everlasting Hawaiian heat a bottle of 1,5 liters should be enough for a 3-4...

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  • Packing List

    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. 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...

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  • Sunblock!

    Wear comfy shoes, slippers or flip flops would be advisable. The hotels usually have a beach towel so don't worry about bringing one. There's so many ABC store in Hawai'i, in evry corner you will see it.

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  • Go Oahu Card

    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...

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  • Pack bathing suit, sunscreen and...

    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...

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  • Bring water shoes!

    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...

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  • Packing for the Tropics

    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...

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  • Hawaii Packing Guide

    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. 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...

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  • Use plenty of sunscreen and wear a hat

    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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  • As long as you don't forget your swim...

    pack lite! Bathing suit maybe a rain coat! Flip flops a.k.a slippers....a.ka. thongs gotta bring a camera! pack lite as possible! We mainly wore our swim suits with a cover up the entire trip

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  • Collapsible Umbrella

    It rained lightly but often while we were in Kauai and Honolulu. Our small collapsible umbrellas that spend most of their time tucked away in our tote got good exposure.

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  • Lighten Your Luggage Load

    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. As in Europe, a heavy suitcase can be a detriment to your enjoyment! Hawaii is almost universally a casual clothes kind of place. Smart casual clothes,...

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  • Sunscreen, Sunscreen and more Sunscreen!

    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

    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. 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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  • If you dont have it You will pay for it

    good walking shoes,light jacket for evening sunscreen,sunscreen, lots of film everywhere beach shoes, some of the rocks can be sharp. a hat would be helpful if your in the sun all day

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  • Sunblock!

    1 carry-on bag for your camera/film etc.1 suitcase tank-tops, shorts, short sleve shirts, flip-flops, teva-type sandals, sneakers, light jacket (for night time) the basics, there's two Walmart's on Oahu if you forget something :) a good camera, underwater camera beach towel, bathing suit, swimming gear, sunblock, sunglasses Chances are you'll...

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  • A good jacket and heavy pants

    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. Those single-use waterproof cameras work great for above-water use, too. If you just want a fun picture and not worry about your...

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  • Debbie and Tim's Kauia Camping

    2 large bags and 1 carry on each Shorts, Shoes, Tshirts, hiking shoes, sandals. 1st aid kit, medications Camera and Binoculars Tent, double sleeping bag, flashlight, power converter 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

    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. Try not to over pack. Beach clothes, a few shorts & tops, at least one nice outfit for a night out;...

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  • Packing List

    Take sturdy luggage, and tag them with very distinguishable tags or pompoms ... EVERYONE, and I mean EVERYONE will have the same type of luggage you have if you buy a black set or tapestry style! If you're wondering about the "disposable luggage", it came through the baggage claim from a passenger flying to or back to O'ahu. Make room in your...

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  • Be sure to take...

    People who insist on taking more than they can carry really bother me. Good sandles that will hold up to sand, saltwater and walking. Sunscreen. And all the usual crap. Buy an underwater camera at home. The hotels and tourist traps know they have a captive audience. Swimsuit, of course. It can get chilly at night, so bring something to cover...

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  • Don't overpack!

    teva's - if you have them - were appropriate almost everywhere! mosquito repellent if you will be hiking. Bring Woolite, too, so you can wash your bathing suits every day! One of the major things to buy in Hawaii is "aloha"-clothes. You'll buy shirts and dresses galore, so don't overpack!

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  • Packing List

    Oahu:Arizona Memorial - In the early morning hours just before the Pearl Harbor attack, the Arizona was destroyed along with most of the crew, numbering over 2,300 casualties. Visitors can see the hulk of the ship and the oil still seeping from its engine. Historic Honolulu - Visitors can grab a tour map and walk through the city and see the...

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  • Packing List

    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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  • Packing List

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

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  • Packing List

    Camping 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...

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  • Packing List

    Pack a folding bag in your suitcase that can be checked on your return. Fill it with your dirty clothes and pack your souvenirs in your regular suitcase. Take at least two swimsuits. The humidity will keep your suit wet overnight. Don't pack but one or two tops. Go to the swap meet at the football stadium in Honolulu on Wednesday or the weekend...

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  • Packing List

    Out going shoes(elegant) and of course comfortable shoes (sneakers)Don't for get it is hot over there!!! The usual med. kit, Suntan Lotion and don't forget OFF the insect repeller.(Swimsuit Required) Comfortable shoes and lose clothing

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  • Packing List

    regular luggage is fine. bring shorts and clothes that you can stay cool in. suntan lotion is a must for no matter what you do. a camera or video camera is fine. swimming trunks and let me reemphasize suntan lotion.

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  • Packing List

    You are taking smaller summer clothes so you don't need much baggage unless you plan on shopping lots. You don't want to be hauling baggage in the heat.To and from the airport too you can get a bus for about $8 and it picks up at most hotels and hostels and they will let you store your baggage after you check out as a lot of the flights are late at...

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