Whether you’re spending a week or a couple weeks in Hawaii if you’re wondering what to pack for Hawaii read on for a suggested list and tips! This packing list for Hawaii is to help you achieve carry-on only status, but can also be used as a base list for those that like to pack more. Carry-on only gives you the peace of knowing your luggage is with you and the advantage of being able to get to the rental car offices before many of the other Hawaiian vacationers (which can end up saving you a lot of time).  This Hawaii packing list should be good for two weeks in Hawaii.

What to Pack for Hawaii

Clothing Women

  • 2-3 dresses
    You can wear these for a nicer dinner or as a beach cover up
  • 3-4 lightweight tops
    tank tops or t-shirts, pack for hiking/active adventures
  • 2-3 shorts
    For hiking/active adventures
  • 1-2 long pants
    It can get chilly at night and if you pan to go higher in altitude you’ll be glad you have them
  • 1 light weight jacket or hoodie
    You can wear this on the plane to save space
  • 1 rain jacket
    The sun can be shining one minute and then the skies open up the next
  • 2-3 bathing suits
    Wear one, wash one, dry one. sometimes it can take longer than a day for 1 to dry so having three allows you to always put on a dry suit
  • 3 bras
    1 nude, 1 black, 1 sports OR 1 nude, 2 sports
  • 4-5 pair of underwear
    Plan on washing these throughout the week so you don’t have to pack so many pairs
  • 2-3 pairs of socks
    For hiking

Clothing Men

  • 1-2 polo or button down shirts For nicer dinner
  • 4-5 lightweight tops For hiking/beach cover
  • 2-3 shorts
    For hiking/active adventures
  • 1-2 long pants It can get chilly at night and if you pan to go higher in altitude you’ll be glad you have them, make sure one pair is not jeans for a nice dinner
  • 1 light weight jacket or hoodie You can wear this on the plane to save space
  • 1 rain jacket The sun can be shining one minute and then the skies open up the next.
  • 2-3 swim trunks Wear one, wash one, dry one. sometimes it can take longer than a day for 1 to dry so having three allows you to always put on a dry suit
  • 4-5 pair of underwear Plan on washing these throughout the week so you don’t have to pack so many pairs
  • 2-3 pairs of socks For hiking

Toiletries (travel size)

  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste/toothbrush
  • Razor
  • Comb/brush
  • Prescriptions
  • Hair ties/clips
  • Sunscreen – at least SPF 30
  • Motion Sick Meds

Tech Gear

Sun Protection

  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • UV Protectant clothing

Shoes

  • 1 pair of flip flops
  • 1 pair of nice sandals or flats
    If your flip flops aren’t ratty then you can usually get away with wearing them for nice dinners
  • 1 pair hiking boots/athletic shoes some activities require close toe shoes

Tips for Packing

Plan outfits ahead of time

January is the coolest month and August is the hottest month so be sure to plan your outfits ahead of time. Pants or a long dress/skirt with a light jacket are good for the cooler nights.

Leave unnecessary items at home

Find out what items your accommodations provide.  Some hotels include all toiletries, including toothpaste in your room. Ladies, if you can live with using the hotel blow dryer this will save you so much space.

Buy some items when you land

Buy sunscreen when you land.  It is possible to buy enough travel size tubes to fit in one liquids carry-on bag, but if you need the toiletry space, save yourself the hassle and buy when you arrive.

Wear. Wash. Dry.

If you pack 2-3 of each item you will always have something to wear. Wear an item once or twice, wash and then hang dry. It can take longer than 24 hours for some cotton clothes to dry so synthetics are best, especially if you plan on hiking.

Keep some space available for souvenirs.

If you like to buy souvenirs on your trips, be sure to leave empty space to fit these items.  We usually don’t buy anything large if we end up buying a souvenir so we haven’t run into issues with fitting items on our return.

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