Flying to Hawaii? Here’s some Hawaii Vacation travel tips.

No matter where you’re coming from, traveling to Hawaii is a time consuming process. You’ll likely spend eight sedentary hours on a plane, and disrupt your sleep schedule. Here are some things you can do to stay comfortable on your flight to Hawaii.

I recommend scheduling your flight so you have about four hours before your normal bed time. This allows you to get your luggage, car rental and hotel room secured before you get some dinner, and go to bed at your normal time.

Your normal time converted to Hawaii time that is. If you go to bed at 10 p.m. at home, then go to bed at 10 p.m. when you are here. I know this can be difficult, as most travelers are exhausted by the time they get here, but adapting to Hawaii time straight away will help you acclimate to the time change faster.

Dress in layers for your flight. Long airplane rides can get cold, so you’ll want a light jacket to keep you warm. Even thought it may be cold where you’re coming from, it’s going to be warm here, so have something light and breezy ready (think beach ware) for your arrival. My folks left Colorado, in October, with sweaters on. When they got here, we had to find them appropriate clothing—and that’s not what they had in mind right after landing!

Flying at high altitudes for long distances can make your feet and legs swell due to a decrease in circulation. To prevent this from happening, consume less salt the day before, and of your trip. Excess salt causes your body to hold water which can contribute to swelling. But remember to drink plenty of water to prevent swelling from dehydration.

Exercise increases circulation. Try walking the aisle of the plane frequently, 10 minutes every couple of hours for example. If you’re lucky enough to be in first class, elevating your legs is the easiest remedy to minimize swelling.

Schedule some downtime after your flight. When you arrive, ease into your first day by sleeping in and slowly starting your day. Schedule light activities, like walking tours or snorkeling, to help get your circulation going again, but not over taxing your system.

Remember, you’re on vacation. In Paradise! Relax, and hang loose local style.

Photo by Daniel Lane.


  1. I always tell my clients to take a shower when you get to the hotel, it helps get your body acclimated to the weather.

  2. My best tip would be to bring your favorite food, drink and magazines on your flight.  I usually bring a sub sandwich and trial mix, then once I go pass security, I buy a big water bottle and maybe a fun starbucks drink (coconut water if available is excellent for hydration)  but because most airlines sell food and it usually isn't the most tasty grinds, I recommend bringing food, drinks and reading materials (ie: magazines, books, crossword puzzles)  It helps pass the time on your long journey.

  3. Like most trips getting there is not near as bad as going home, but all of the sugestions made so far are very good. The idea I have is to keep your snacks and reading material in your bag that goes under your seat. It is a battle now days to access the overheads. Other then that the 8 hours I spend on a flight there has always been worth it no matter how tired I am when arriving 🙂

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