Sometimes packing is the most stressful part of a trip, and you find yourself pulling out your hair before even stepping foot on the plane. When packing for a Hawaii vacation, it’s best to think light. Obviously, there’s no need for bulky jackets or any form of winter wear (unless you go specifically to play in the snow atop Mauna Kea). Also, by packing light, you’ll avoid having to pay airline fees for overweight luggage or an extra check-in. Instead, save on space in your suitcase for bringing home Hawaiian souvenirs!

Here are some basics to keep in mind while packing for your much-anticipated trip to Hawaii:

  • First and foremost,


    . Bring two swimsuits per person so that you’re able to use one pair while the other dries. Ladies, bring a swimsuit cover-up for the beach or when you’re poolside. You might find a cute sarong while on vacation, which make for perfect cover-ups.

  • Speaking of the beach, don’t forget the



    SPF-protective lip balm

    . Make sure it’s SPF 30 and nothing less. Read more sunscreen tips here.

  • Further protect yourself with the proper

    sun gear

    . Hats and/or visors and sunglasses are a must.

  • For footwear, bring


    and a pair of

    covered shoes

    . Slippers are great for the beach or pool, while you’d need covered shoes for most outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking or ziplining. You could wear your shoes on the plane to save on space in your suitcase.

  • I like to pack a

    reusable bag

    that folds up to fit in your pocket when not in use. These bags are great when shopping or when going to the beach.

  • Consider bringing a

    light jacket



    . Hawaii is generally warm throughout the year, but you can always expect light tradewind showers or chilly weather if you’re going upcountry/uplands or hanging out on the beach at night.

  • Most hotels and rental car companies provide road maps for customers. But if you have your own

    island map

    or – better yet – a

    portable GPS

    navigation system, then pack that as well. It’ll save you upwards of $7 a day (if you rented a GPS unit from a car company) and save you the stress. Many visitors have the common misconception that because you’ll be on an island, you can’t get lost. One road in and one road out…wrong. Hawaii, particularly the most-populated island of Oahu, has freeways and highways, just like anywhere else on the continental U.S.

  • And lastly, don’t forget to bring your



    camera battery charger

    . You’ll want to capture every moment while on your trip of a lifetime!


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