Packing List for Hawaii: 10 Essential Items
By: Leah Shoup
Reef safe sunscreen
When purchasing sunblock for your trip, choose 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, 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
Keep yourself dry and use this jacket 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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Read the ultimate Hawaii packing list here!