Hawaii Packing List: 10 Essential Items

By: Leah Shoup

Reef safe sunscreen

When purchasing sunblock for your trip, plan to buy reef-safe options. Basically, you don’t want to see oxybenzone or octinoxate on the label.

Waterproof phone case

Whether you’re at the beach or pool, don’t run the risk of dropping your unprotected phone into the water during your time in Hawaii.

Mesh water shoes

Along with your flip flops, bathing suit, and sun hat, we also recommend packing water shoes in your beach bag to wear, especially if you're going snorkeling.

Sand resistant beach towel

Pack up from the beach quickly on your Hawaii vacation without tracking sand into your rental car with sand-resistant beach towels!

Light rain jacket

Add this item to your Hawaii packing checklist as a layer on cooler evenings! You'll need a heavier jacket if going to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park.

Reusable water bottle

The Hawaiian Islands have high-quality tap water. Plus, using a refillable bottle is one of the easiest things to do to travel more sustainably.

Packing cubes

The best way to optimize suitcase space when packing for Hawaii is undoubtedly to use packing cubes. Just remember that you’re supposed to roll your clothing–not fold it!

Underwater camera

If you love snorkeling and other water sports, one of our best travel tips is to bring an underwater camera to Hawaii. You can find affordable options on Amazon!

Dry bag

For those who enjoy water sports and activities, we suggest bringing a waterproof dry bag. These dry compression sacks are lightweight and keep all of your belongings safe from water damage.

Hiking shoes

Whether you're going to Maui, Oahu, Kauai, or the Big Island, trails can often be slippery. So close-toed hiking boots are a great option to pack.