What to Pack for a Hawaii Vacation


Perhaps the most dreaded part of going on a trip is packing for the trip. Make sure you bring all of the things that you will need for each activity that you plan to do during your trip. Over-packing is not always a bad thing. The exact items that you need to pack for a Hawaii vacation depend on the activities you plan to do. Here are some basic items that you won't want to forget when packing for a Hawaii vacation.


This is an obvious choice, but could be forgotten. Pack swimwear for the entire family. If you are staying in Hawaii for a long time, you may want to pack two swimsuits in case something happens to one of them. Don't forget the towels.

Sun Protection

It is very sunny in Hawaii. Bring sunscreen with you. Be sure to include special sunscreen for babies and toddlers. You should use SPF 45 or higher for the best protection. Bring some aloe vera lotion or another form of sunburn lotion in case the worst happens. Don't forget the sunglasses.


Pack footwear for the types of activities you will be doing. If you are going hiking, don't forget the hiking boots. It is always a good idea to bring a pair of tennis shoes in case you decide to go somewhere where you will be doing a lot of walking.


Bring light and thin clothing so you can stay cool. Even if you do not have any fancy plans yet, you may make them once you get to Hawaii, so bringing one nice outfit is always a good idea. There are many fancy restaurants in Hawaii that you might want to visit.

Emergency Money

Bring extra money in case something happens during your trip (for example, if someone gets sick or if your phone breaks). The emergency money that you didn't plan to spend will come in handy.


Even though the days in Hawaii are hot, sometimes the nights can be windy and cooler. Bring jackets, blankets and a pair of pants for everyone. You may want to take a nighttime walk on the beach, but if you are too cold, you could miss out on a fun time.

Travel Information

Bring maps or tourist books for every location of Hawaii that you plan on visiting. It also wouldn't hurt to include important phone numbers such as taxi service or tour guides to help you along the way.

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