Things You Must Pack for Hawaii (Plus Printable List) Don't forget the...

We’ve gone to Hawaii so many times I’ve become an expert on packing! If I don’t have my list, I will forget things, so I always keep it handy since we venture to Hawaii at least once a year!

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Since I love to organize things I sort it by category so it is foolproof not to leave something behind. Granted Hawaii does have shops and anything can be bought there, I’d rather save my money to come back!

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Here we go…


  1. Dresses - Short and Maxi (Hawaiian themed is always fun). I usually wear dresses to dinner and wandering around.

  2. Light Sweater - for cooler nights

  3. Workout Clothes - Hikes, Road to Hana, Runs on the beach, Zip-lining,

  4. Sneakers - great to have if you’re walking around or going on adventures

  5. Plane Outfit - I love a good oversized top and leggings since its usually a long haul

  6. Basics - Socks, Underwear, Bras, Sport Bras

  7. Small Purse - to hold an ID, Credit card, cash, phone, lipstick, gum and maybe a car key

  8. Accessories/Jewelry - Earrings, Necklace, Bracelet, Watch


  1. Flip-flops - I love Havianas! They are the only flip flop brand I’ve bought for 15 years.

  2. Sandals - To wear to restaurants and shopping, unless you want to wear your flip flops

  3. Swimsuit - I bring a couple so one is always dry

  4. Swimsuit Cover Up - Great to wear around the resort or to get a drink at the pool bar! Hat - Sun hat and baseball hat for hikes/outdoor activities

  5. Sunglasses

  6. Towel - or use the resort towels

  7. Beach or tote bag - to throw towels, sunscreen, magazine, clothes, etc.

  8. Water Bottle - Stay hydrated! Collapsable bottles are great!

  9. Snacks - We like to have granola bars, gummi bears, and M&M’s on hand for the plane or for the room

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  1. Reefsafe Sunblock - Save the reef! Buy reef safe! I noticed the Sheraton Maui had dispensers around the resort - check with your hotel ahead of time or bring your own!

  2. Aloe Vera - I don’t know about you, but I always miss a spot.

  3. Basics - Shampoo, Conditioner, Shower Gel (if you prefer your own, most hotels have these)

  4. Deodorant

  5. First Aid - I pack a few bandaids, Neosporin, aspirin… just in case!

  6. Manicure Set - Manicure scissors (small TSA friendly ones), Nail clipper, tweezers, small nail file

  7. Makeup! - I forgot my makeup bag once. It wasn’t pretty.

  8. Hairbrush or Comb

  9. Hairspray/Gel

  10. Hair ties and Bobby pins - don’t forget, it gets windy on the beach!

  11. Curling Iron or Flat Iron - Beachy waves are cool too!

  12. Feminine Products

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  1. GoPro - Get those adventure shots - swimming, snorkeling, zip-lining, waterfall hiking, parasailing

  2. Camera - We love our DSLR for a higher quality shot

  3. iPad - load it up with shows for the plane before you go and refresh the apps the day before you leave Hawaii as some downloads won’t work after 24 hours.

  4. Mobile Phone - I mean I can’t go 10 minutes without mine

  5. Headphones - don’t forget the little jack for Apple devices

  6. External battery - keep your electronics charged!

  7. Cables - don’t forget your charging cables

See more plane tips here: Flying in 2019: Tips and Trick for the Airport and Airplane 

Dive the Cathedral

Dive the Cathedral

Snorkel with Turtles

Snorkel with Turtles


We bring our own fins and masks so we can not only scuba dive, but also snorkel whenever! Pro tip - buy a set and carry them on in a mesh bag!

  1. Masks

  2. Fins

  3. Baby Shampoo - use as defog for the mask!

  4. Rash Guards! Great for protecting your skin in the water! We forgot ours one year, so we bought new ones at our favorite store in Hawaii, Honolua Surf Shop

  5. Dive Book and PADI/Dive Certification - for divers

  6. Diver Essentials - Dive Watch, BCD, Wetsuit, etc. We usually make sure the dive shop has the basic package.

Want a FREE printable/downloadable list with everything in this post? Click here: Packing Essentials for Hawaii 


Would you believe me if I said I fit everything on my list for a 4-5 day trip in a carry-on and personal bag? We have the best carry-on that is spacious and seriously compacts all of our clothes - Travel Pro. Most pilots and plane attendants carry this Travel Pro model as well. Although I love the ease of steering with 4 wheels, having 2 wheels you get an extra couple of inches!

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