What to do with your luggage the day you leave Hawaii

Most flights to the US Mainland leave late in the day while most hotels require that you check out at noon. Most likely, you’ll want to do some last minute sightseeing with your last hours in Hawaii, but wise readers know that you shouldn’t go sightseeing with your luggage in your car. So, this situation creates a challenge. What do you do with your luggage on your last day? Here are three strategies for what you can do to protect your luggage on the last day of your Hawaii visit.

1.  Politely request a late hotel check-out. It never hurts to ask, though the chances aren’t great that your request will be granted. I’d estimate that we’ve been successful about 30% of the time when we’ve requested a late check out.

2.  Explain your situation and ask the hotel bell staff or condo management to hold your luggage. I’d advise you to lock your luggage when you leave it with them and offer a gratuity to the person assisting you.

3. Consider checking your luggage at the airport. Most airlines allow you to check your luggage the day of your flight – even if it’s several hours before your flight. Before heading to the airport, do call the airport to determine when your airline’s counter opens. For example when we were flying out of Kona last March, our flight didn’t leave until about 10pm and the American Airlines counters didn’t open until around 7pm. Please note that when you check your luggage, a checked baggage fees may apply, so verify the fees with the airline. Again, I’d advise you to lock your luggage with a TSA approved lock.

How have you stored your luggage on the last day of your Hawaii vacation? Please comment with your advice.

  1. We’ve flown the red-eye back out of Maui a few times, and although we were given a late checkout by the Sheraton (until 12pm), we still ended up driving around with our luggage and getting to the airport way too early. We would mostly just drive to different parts of the island and not wonder too far from the car, but even things like going into K-Mart and leaving a rental car full of all our stuff made me uneasy.

    The Sheraton offered us the ability to check our bags with them for the day and even offered us the use of the showers in the fitness center locker rooms if we wanted, but we took a pass. Might be something to inquire about if you’re at a full service resort (versus a condo, B&B, etc.). At the time, we just didn’t feel like having to come all the way back to the resort before heading to the airport.

    Checking the bags early with the airline isn’t something we’ve tried before, though. Might be worth a shot if you don’t have to return your rental car in right away.

  2. Hi Kris – thanks for sharing how you’ve tackled this problem.It kinda seems like there’s not a perfect solution, huh?

    We’ve been lucky to have very late check outs a few times – as in 5pm or after. One thing I should add about late checkouts is that the earlier that you can request it the better off you’ll be.

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