After numerous trips to Hawaii, we’ve almost perfected the packing process down to a science. Of course, we made many mistakes along the way that have helped us become “Hawaii vacation packing pros.”
From our experiences and observations, here are the seven most frequently forgotten items:
- Binoculars (especially useful for lava viewing and during humpback whale season)
- Light jacket, preferable breathable and rainproof. It’s easy to forget that in the higher elevations of Hawaii, the temperature is significantly cooler. We’ve seen some crazy things in the higher elevations. In fact, the last time we went to the top of Haleakala for sunrise, we saw a guy who apparently didn’t pack a coat or warm clothes at all. He was walking around the summit of Haleakala in a shorts, shirt, flip flops and…a hotel bathrobe. We held back our laughter!
- Hat and/or visor
- Lip balm with sun protection
- Sunscreen – I wish I had a nickel for every sunburned tourist I’ve seen in Hawaii. (See this post on how to avoid a sunburn on your Hawaii vacation.)
- Cell phone charger
If you are headed to Hawaii soon, you’ll appreciate these packing articles:
- Hawaii vacation packing list
- What not to pack for Hawaii
- Why you should pack light
- Strategies for packing light
What other items have you forgotten from your own travels? What additional packing advice would you like to share?