Hawaii Packing List And Recommendations

What to pack for a trip to Hawaii

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Packing for Hawaii can be difficult and overwhelming. Here’s a list of all the things you should pack in your suitcase for your trip to Hawaii.

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The Essentials

  • IDs
  • Plane tickets
  • Hotel reservation and confirmation
  • Car rental or airport transportation reservation and confirmation
  • Tour and activity booking confirmations

Clothing, Headwear, Footwear

  • T-shirts, tank tops, athletic shorts and walking shorts for going to the beach and hiking.
  • Breathable undergarments and socks.
  • Sleepwear.
  • Swimsuits/swim shorts.
  • Rash guard to protect your arms, back and shoulders from the sun.
  • Comfortable walking shoes that can get dirty.
  • Plain rubber slippers (flip flops) – Nice ones sometimes get stolen on the beach.
  • Water shoes
  • Light jacket for airport, indoors, cooler winter nights.
  • Hat – Preferably one that also covers the back of your neck.
  • Cheap sunglasses – Commonly lost in the ocean.
  • Rain jacket – Not mandatory except for maybe during the winter months.

Learn More: Clothes For Hawaii You Should Pack


  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss
  • Contacts and contact solution
  • Medicine
  • Retainer
  • Deodorant
  • Lotion and lip balm
  • Hair appliances and accessories
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Makeup kit
  • Shaving kit

Beach Accessories

  • Beach bag
  • Sand-resistant towel
  • Coral/reef-safe sunscreen (no oxybenzone or octinoxate)
  • Goggles – Available at convenience stores
  • Snorkel and mask – Rentals available
  • Sand toy playset for kids – Available at convenience stores
  • Aloe vera gel to soothe sunburns
  • Waterproof phone case
  • Underwater camera
  • Motion sickness medication – For long car/bus rides or cruises.

Outdoor Accessories

  • Water bottle
  • Backpack
  • Bug spray
  • Action camera and accessories
  • Small flashlight – For exploring lava tubes/caves or walking the beach at night.

Extra Items To Pack

  • Laptop
  • Smartphone
  • Portable internet device
  • Charger
  • Earphones
  • Book or reading device
  • Camera
  • Small umbrella
  • Souvenirs for friends/family in Hawaii

Local Tip: Locals love anything from Trader Joe’s, IKEA and food items that aren’t sold in Hawaii.

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