What to Pack for Hawaii Vacations: 10 Piece Packing List
With summer vacations around the corner and as a special reader request, Travel Fashion Girl shows you What to Pack for Hawaii Vacations.
For this Hawaii Packing List, I interviewed fashionista Erika Hollweg who attended university in Honolulu and also Sheila Beal from GoVisitHawaii.com – a Hawaii vacation enthusiast that shares award-winning Hawaii travel advice. Sheila’s a North Carolina native and resident that travels to Hawaii two to four times per year to stay up to date on all the latest trends and news that Hawaii vacationers want to know. Erika studied in Hawaii for 4 years and is originally from LA.
Both of these women love these beautiful islands – here are a few of their tips making it easy to help you plan what to pack for Hawaii on your next vacation.
When you’re planning what to wear in Hawaii, choose clothing that is very casual and comfortable. The islands beacon you to relax. That attitude spills over into clothing for both locals and visitors. Flip flops are a staple in this chilled out paradise.
What not to Wear in Hawaii
Avoid getting overly dressy with clothing such as sequined dresses – you’ll stick out like a sore thumb. Relax, and get into the island vibe!
Don’t wear dresses or skirts on boat tours. Once you’re on the water, the wind picks up and can easily lift a skirt or dress. In general, short, flow-y skirts and dresses are not a good idea to wear as the tradewinds are almost constantly blowing. Unfortunately, I can confirm this as my own knee length flowy skirt flew up and over while walking seaside. Oops.
Hawaii Travel Essentials
Don’t leave home without your sunglasses, preferably polarized to cut out some of the glare on the ocean. Beach essentials include 2 swimsuits, a cover-up, and flip flops.
For adventures, a good hiking sandal works great for the trails and crossing small streams. It’s always a good idea to bring at least one pair of long trousers for activities like horseback riding and all-terrain vehicle tours. Hats are also a great accessory for adventures and hanging out at the beach
Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen! Hawaii’s proximity to the equator makes the sun particularly strong. You can conveniently buy Aloe Vera gel if you get burned as I did when on my Hawaii vacation but it’s better to avoid this altogether.
Shopping for Necessities
You can find Walmart and Costco on each of the four major islands just in case you forget something or want to stock up on some essentials.
What to Pack for Hawaii
Hawaii’s weather doesn’t fluctuate significantly from season to season but it can vary depending on elevation level and what island you’re on so pack according to your activities. At the highest elevation in on some of the islands can get extremely cold so do your research and if you’re heading that way, bring some layers!
It’s wonderfully warm year round – not cold and not too hot. Daytime highs typically average from the mid-70’s to the mid-80’s. Throughout the year, don’t be surprised if it rains a bit – it is a tropical island after all. Breathable fabrics and fabrics with cotton tend to be the most comfortable to wear in the somewhat-humid environment of Hawaii.
Winter evenings can sometimes have a tiny bit of a chill with average temperatures dipping down to an average of 65 degrees. So, a light jacket or sweater is useful to bring any time you travel. The rainy season is October-April during Winter so pack your umbrella and a patient smile. Event though it rains, the weather stays warm so not many people wear rain jackets and boots. You’ll still see flip flops all around.
What to Wear in Hawaii Daytime
Shorts and t-shirts or swimsuits with cover-ups are perfectly fine for daytime wear beachside.
What to Wear in Hawaii Nighttime
For dinner or luaus in the evenings wear capri pants, casual skirts, or dresses. Trade your basic t-shirt for a nice blouse.
Minimalist Travel: 10 Piece Packing List for Hawaii
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Whether you’re planning a trip in the Winter or Summer, this packing list for Hawaii should help you plan year round! For more international packing guides, check out TFG’s destination packing lists.
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