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The Ultimate Hawaii Packing List

The Ultimate Hawaii Packing List

If you’ve ever been to Hawaii then you know once you travel to Hawaii – you will forever want to go back for another trip. Before any trip, knowing what to pack is crucial so I’ve created this Hawaii Packing List for you so you don’t have to pack your entire wardrobe in order to travel to paradise.

What to Bring to Hawaii

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For traveling to Hawaii, since the weather is always humid you should plan on bringing lighter clothing. You’ll want to pack for the beach and casual dinners mostly. However, there are tons of beautiful hikes in Hawaii so make sure to pack plenty of activewear as well. Furthermore, the hikes can be pretty muddy so don’t count on re-using any activewear!

Clothing to Pack for Hawaii

girl on hanalei pier

  • 5-6 swimsuits
  • 2-3 swim cover-ups
  • a maxi dress
  • 2-3 sundresses
  • denim shorts
  • 2-3 linen shorts
  • 2-3 blouses (Hawaiin print for fun!)
  • 2-3 activewear shorts
  • 3-4 tank tops
  • 3 activewear tops
  • 2-3 sports bras
  • socks and undies

girl in front of fruit stand in Kauai

Accessories to Pack for Hawaii

  • sandals
  • sneakers
  • sun hats
  • a visor or baseball cap for hiking
  • 2-3 sunglasses
  • simple jewelry

letravelstyle in Kauai, Hawaii

Outdoor Gear to Pack for Hawaii

  • snorkeling masks
    • snorkeling is a huge part of Hawaii so buy your own snorkeling mask before you go (we purchased ours from Target for $28 – it’s linked below). So you don’t have to worry about high rental costs and germs!
  • water shoes
    • if you buy anything for Hawaii, it should be water shoes. We utilized these shoes almost every day for our hikes and rocky water adventures. You can shop for mine here!
  • waterproof phone cases
    • for all the snorkeling in Hawaii, it’s best to capture those moments in the underwater world. I purchased a two pack here for less than $10!

girl in front of Wailua waterfall in Kauai

Miscellaneous items to Bring to Hawaii

  • sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen
    • I cannot recommend this enough! We went through two bottles between my husband and I. Sunscreen is more expensive on the Hawaiian islands so it’s best to pack 2-3 sunscreens in your luggage.
  • bug spray
    • Hawaii is high in humidity cue all the bugs. Especially at night and during your hiking adventures, it’s best to use bug spray in order to not get bitten.
  • packing cubes
    • I love these from Amazon and I never travel without them. It’s the perfect way to organize your clothing for vacation and you can easily pop them into a drawer when you’re checking into your hotel or Air BnB.
  • a plastic bag
    • Because of the treacherous and sometimes muddy hikes, your shoes will most definitely get dirty. It’s best to pack a plastic bag to throw your muddy clothes and shoes at the end of the trip.

What Not to Bring to Hawaii

When you get to Hawaii you’ll instantly notice the laid back feel so there is no need to bring the following items to Hawaii:

  • High heels
  • Winter jackets
  • Bulky sweaters
  • Expensive dresses and jewelry
  • Scarves


Watch the video below to see the clothes I brought and my one very important packing tip – how to roll your clothes to save space. (It’s about two minutes in for the demonstration on how to roll your clothes).



Bric’s Luggage a splurge but well worth it!

Packing Cubes less than $20!

Snorkel Mask less than $30!

Water Shoes less than $25!

Wide-Brimmed hat

I hope you enjoyed this Ultimate Hawaii Packing List and Vlog. So since you now know what to bring to Hawaii, it’s time to start planning your trip! Head to our Hawaii Page for more travel guides to the beautiful Hawaiian islands.



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  • Reply Taylor Deer

    Wow! I watched your video and your packing skills are amazing! Also this is such a great guide. I may be going to Hawaii later this year. 🙂

    March 3, 2020 at 9:27 am
    • Reply Courtney Delfino

      Yay! I’m so glad you’ll finally be getting there and thanks girl use that rolling technique it saves so much space!

      March 7, 2020 at 11:28 am
  • Reply World of Lina

    Such a helpful packing guide Courtney, will save this for later! 🙂

    March 4, 2020 at 7:03 am
  • Reply Jessica

    This is so helpful as I am heading to Maui in 2 weeks! Will be saving for reference!

    March 7, 2020 at 11:06 am
    • Reply Courtney Delfino

      I’m so glad you got use out of it! Enjoy Maui

      March 7, 2020 at 11:29 am
  • Reply Jen

    This is such a great post. Love your photos!

    March 7, 2020 at 10:15 pm
  • Reply IngridZenMoments

    I would love to travel to Hawaii someday! That’s so high on my bucket list! All this information is so useful, because I always tend to over pack.

    March 8, 2020 at 11:43 pm
  • Reply Dymabroad

    Ah this packing list is so convenient! Lovely post

    March 28, 2020 at 9:41 am
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