Many people asked me, “What should I take for Hawaii?” so I created this comprehensive Hawaii packing checklist. Our top 20 “must-have” products for a more safe and pleasurable Hawaii vacation are listed below.
We also offer some suggestions on what to dress in Hawaii, a list of goods NOT to bring, and some frequently asked questions about visiting Hawaii.
What to Pack for Hawaii – 21 Must-Haves
1. Universal Waterproof Phone Case
This case is a must-have if you plan on taking your phone to the beach, on boats, hiking near waterfalls, or anywhere else where it might get wet, fall into water, or be damaged by sand. It even enables the capture of underwater photos and videos (with sound)!!
2. Low-Cost Underwater Camera
If you want to capture better images than a smartphone (but don’t want to spend a lot of money on a GoPro), this is a terrific tiny camera that won’t break the bank.
There are plenty of things to photograph in Hawaii, including the beaches, turtles, rain forests, and waterfalls. However, all of these activities necessitate the use of a waterproof camera, which is why we recommend this little gem!
3. Strap for Flotation
If you’re planning to bring your waterproof phone case or underwater camera out on a boat, while snorkeling, or paddle surfing, etc., you’ll need this flotation strap to keep it afloat if you drop it!!
4. Travel Towel That Dries Quickly
Have you ever felt like a pack mule attempting to transport all of your belongings from the hotel to the beach? It’s practically impossible to squeeze many fluffy towels into a beach bag, and dragging heavy, sandy, wet towels around after a day at your favorite Hawaiian beach may be a nightmare.
Travel towels are small, lightweight, and quick-drying, yet large enough to sunbathe on. They’re a terrific way to streamline your beach (or hiking) bag and keep you feeling light and airy.
5. Cover-up for a Swimsuit
Swimsuit cover-ups are essential in Hawaii. You can swim in it, throw it over your suit, and go to lunch without any thinking. This is the one that my wife owns and adores. It flatters all body types, the lightweight fabric dries quickly and is breathable, and it takes up very little space in your suitcase and comes in a variety of colors.
6. Neck Wallet
If you are traveling to Hawaii from the mainland United States, I highly recommend that you wear a quality neck wallet while passing through airports and other security checkpoints.
This ingenious small pouch stores my iPhone, credit cards, passport, cash, and travel documents and can be worn across my body or under my shirt.
Hawaii lies in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, and many people arrive jet-lagged, so it’s a good idea to keep all of your valuables in one secure location so you don’t lose them when you’re sleepy.
This one also incorporates RFID blocking to keep e-thieves from taking your credit card information and a lifetime replacement guarantee.
7. HERO Packing Cubes
Whether you’re traveling with a suitcase or a backpack, a few packing cubes will make staying organized a breeze. Instead of searching for your swim trunks or bikini top, simply grab the cube in which your swimwear are stored and you’ll be ready to hit the beach. This package also includes two laundry bags, which means you’ll never have to mix dirty and clean clothes again!
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8. Hair Conditioner (Leave-In)
A Hawaii vacation that includes a lot of time in the sun and sea water is a must, but it may wreck havoc on your hair. Bring a leave-in conditioner to use at the end of your beach days to preserve your hair from the elements and keep it from drying out too much.
9. Travel Umbrella that is Windproof
The rainforests on all of the major Hawaiian islands are highly wet and windy. These are some of the most beautiful areas of each island, such as Maui’s “The Road to Hana,” and they should not be missed! Because you will most likely get rained on, we recommend bringing a windproof travel umbrella (like the one depicted) so you can enjoy the scenery without getting fully soaked.
10. Women’s and Men’s Mesh Slip-On Water Shoes
Hiking in Hawaii is gorgeous, but it can be strenuous and frequently takes you through muddy terrain. We recommend these lightweight, mesh water shoes instead than carrying heavy hiking shoes to Hawaii. They are breathable (so your feet don’t get too heated), and the “water grain” sole provides excellent traction in wet and slippery weather. They are also extremely simple to clean.
11. Hawaii Travel Insurance
If you’re heading to Hawaii, we feel you should purchase insurance. It’s common knowledge in Hawaii that airline employees toss luggage around like rag dolls. My wife and I discovered this the hard way on several occasions, with damaged possessions.
Another terrible reality is that in some places of Hawaii, criminals routinely target tourist rental automobiles parked at famous tourist attractions such as waterfalls and beaches. As a result, we strongly advise you to purchase travel insurance, which will cost you only a fraction of the cost of your trip. We utilize TheSwiftest.com to search and discover the finest policies that include coverage for medical emergencies, trip interruptions, and even “cancel for any reason,” which is really handy these days!
12. Waterproof Dry Bag
Our favorite is this one from Earth Pak. It’s cheap, easy to clean, and most importantly, it works! It can be dropped in water (and even submerged) without soaking your stuff. I recommend it whether you’re going to the beach, taking a day trip on a boat, or planning a longer water-based journey. Before I learned about dry bags, I got my backpack wet on a day excursion to Molakai when the boat was splashed by the waves and the deck became soggy.
13. Towel for Cooling
Whether you’re sunbathing, hiking through the rainforests, or simply enjoying one of Hawaii’s many outdoor shopping experiences, these pups keep you 20-30 degrees colder than the air temperature and keep you cool for up to 60 minutes.
This brand has no chemicals but is quite effective: wrap the cooling towel around your shoulders, head, and other sensitive areas and you will feel immediate relief.
If the cool vibes start to fade, soak the towel in water, wring it out, and BOOM! Round two is ready to begin. This is for anyone who becomes irritable when overheated or just uncomfortable.
14. Mosquito Wristbands That Do Not Contain DEET
Despite a Dengue fever outbreak last year, there is normally virtually little risk of mosquito-borne infections in Hawaii. Having said that, mosquitoes still exist, and you should protect yourself from bites.
These natural insect repellent bracelets have a lifespan of up to 300 hours. Note: If you want to reduce your chances of being bitten, I recommend using bug repellent in addition to the bracelets.
15. Beach Blanket that is Sand-Resistant
Beach blankets are always required in Hawaii, but the improper blanket will get blown around, fill up with sand, and be difficult to dry at the end of the day. This Wellax beach mat is composed of parachute material, which allows it to dry quickly and be lightweight.
It also folds up quite compactly for storage. There are also sand weights on the borders to keep it from blowing away in the beach breeze! It even contains pockets for your things and a free cellphone case.
16. Women’s and Men’s Long-Sleeved Swim Rash Guards
Even in the winter, the sun is surprisingly powerful in Hawaii, and “rashies” are popular among natives. If you have fair skin (like me!) or this is your first time in the sun in a long time, you’ll appreciate the UPF sun protection of 50+.
I always wear mine, especially when paddle boarding. My wife, who has very olive skin, also swears by it because it is so easy to be burned in the Hawaiian sun for long periods of time.
17. Beach Bag
A sturdy beach bag is essential because (more often than not) where you park your car is a bit of a walk to the beach, and many beaches are far from food and drinks. This Aruba Mesh beach bag is fantastic since it includes an insulated cooler at the bottom, which is essential for keeping your food and drinks cool in the sun. It also effortlessly accommodates towels and changes of clothing while remaining compact.
18. Stunning Dress
I propose that you carry one excellent dress with you on your trip. You’ll want to go out for a drink or a nice dinner at some point, and a sundress won’t cut it. This is a dress that my wife adores and owns. It doesn’t wrinkle, it’s simple to throw on after a day at the beach, it’s sexy on all body shapes, and it comes in a number of colors. It’s also really cheap, but it doesn’t appear like it when you put it on.
19. Virtual Private Network (VPN)
This item may come as a surprise to you on a Hawaii packing list, but I’ve discovered that having a reliable VPN is crucial for any travel. I discovered this the hard way when my credit card number was taken after I used what I thought was a secure Wifi network at an Airbnb apartment.
I’ve learnt that using someone else’s WiFi, whether at a cafe, airport, Airbnb, or hotel, puts your credentials, credit card, and identity at risk of being hacked.
The good news is that a VPN like NordVPN allows you to protect yourself on any device with a single click. Another advantage of using a VPN is that if you ever travel to a country where the Internet is censored, such as Thailand or parts of Europe, you will still be able to access all of your favorite websites. I strongly advise you to check it out before your next trip to ensure the security of your critical data.
20. Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker (Portable)
With a decent Bluetooth speaker, you can listen to your favorite tunes while relaxing by the pool, on the beach, or on a boat. JBL is well-known for producing speakers with crisp, clear audio. This speaker in particular is ideal for a trip to Hawaii because it is waterproof, allowing you to take it virtually anywhere without fear of water damage. Enjoy 12 hours of playtime between charges, allowing you to spend the entire day on the island with your music.