The sound of the waves crashing on the shore is like beautiful music, while the light breeze from the afternoon trade wind blows through your hair. Your face feels the warmth of the sun as it shines brightly above you. The wait is finally over and your Hawaiian Vacation has begun. Yet your mind wanders and there is a nagging feeling that you’re forgetting something. How many of you have gone on vacation and, once there, realized that there is a list mile long of things that you should have packed? Or, better yet, your suitcase seems to be packed with every item imaginable for those “just in case” moments? This week’s blog discusses the hot topic of “What to pack for a Hawaii vacation”.
Sunshine, sand and warm ocean breezes will welcome you to the islands.
These are the basics, simply add your underwear, jewelry and toiletries to finish packing. Wear the hat, jacket, tennis shoes, pants (or leggings), a tank and the long sleeve shirt on your travel day. Use your beach bag as a tote and everything else will easily fit in your carry on. Trust us, you'll have everything you need for a week in Hawaii and you can use the money you're saving from not checking an extra bag to pick up a few extras while you're there.
The first thing to consider when packing for the Hawaiian Islands is that the weather is tropical, making it warm, humid and breezy. It is not uncommon for the skies to become overcast, while a light rain falls and yet still be swimming in the ocean. As quick as the clouds roll in, they can be gone again. Something important to remember is that although it may appear to be overcast, the UV rays from the sun can still cause sunburns. Always use sunscreen (reef-safe) whenever possible to protect your exposed skin and UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) clothing when possible to limit prolonged exposure.
Beach Basics..If you want to save on space, these items can be found for a reasonable price once you arrive.
Depending upon where you are traveling from, the change in weather can sometimes take a day to adjust to. It is important to pack comfortable clothing such as shorts, shirts, tank tops, a light outer garment or down packable jacket, and be sure that the clothing breathes. There’s no need to pack much in the way of beach type clothing, as there is a great selection on the islands in all price ranges. In addition, many hotels and condos have washing machines available for the items that you do bring. Most accommodations have fans and windows to keep cool, but air conditioners are not always a given when visiting this tropical paradise. The climate change can be especially difficult for little ones. When my cousin brought her 6 month old daughter to Maui in November, she was fussy as a result of the heat and humidity, but after a good night’s sleep and a new day, things were much better.
A lightweight dress paired with sandals, or shorts with a tank top or t-shirt are cool and comfy.
Remember to travel as light as possible, as there is a 50 pound weight limit for each bag that is checked through the airlines. You don’t want to risk incurring any excess baggage fees. Basically, the best rule to go by is to use common sense when packing and planning your Hawaiian vacation, and be flexible with your plans. Many islanders refer to “Hawaiian time”, which simply implies that there’s no reason to rush through life – you’ll get there when you get there. The islands are full of beauty and sights to take in, some of which may be once in a lifetime experiences. Allow time to stop should a rare opportunity present itself. You never know when you’re going to see whales frolicking in the ocean, a beautiful array of tropical flowers or get the desire to try some “onolicious” (yummy) food. Above all else, have fun and make memories that will last a lifetime.
A hui hou! (Until we meet again)