As you are making your plans for your Hawaii vacation, you may want to consider bringing a small stash of snacks for your trip. You will thank yourself for bringing a few snacks in these situations:
- After a long journey to get to Hawaii, you stumble to your accommodation like a zombie. You practically pass out when your head hits the pillow, but due to the jet lag you wake up at O-dark-thirty. You’re starving, but restaurants don’t open for hours.
- You’re going to Haleakala to watch sunrise. You leave your hotel at 3am and nothing is open and there is no food service inside Haleakala National Park.
- You stop in the hotel gift shop to find that a Snickers Bar costs $2.00.
- You need some energy snacks for the great hiking trails you plan to hit. Read how a Special-K bar practically saved our lives on Kauai’s Kalalau Trail. 😉
- You gasp when you realize the hotel’s breakfast buffet costs $30 per person.
I think you see that it’s a good idea to have some snacks on hand. Even if you don’t wind up needing them while you’re on the islands, you’ll be glad you have them for your return flight home. In case you’ve not flown in a while, you may be surprised to learn that the majority of airlines no longer serve free meals or snacks in coach.
So, what kind of snacks should you bring to Hawaii? Andy and I often bring these easy to pack snacks:
- trail mix packs in individual serving sizes
- breakfast bars
- nuts packed individual serving sizes
- instant oatmeal packets
- energy bars
I asked our savvy Go Visit Hawaii facebook community for their input on snacks and food that they bring to Hawaii to help save money. Here are some great ideas and thoughts from the community:
- Christy brings microwave popcorn, M&Ms, and Crystal Light “to go” packets.
- Robin has her wine club ship a case or two of wine to her Hawaii destination.
- Susie brings peanut butter crackers
- Tina said that she brings granola bars, peanut butter crackers, trail mix, and cereal mix because she discovered that almost every meal cost $100 for her family of 5.
- Aloha Kilikina recommends South Beach Diet Breakfast Bars.
- Janet likes to bring Clif Bars
- Robb says for short visits he brings coffee, [powder] creamer, and sweeteners. I assume that’s for a condo stay as most hotels offer a free coffee service.
- Other community members said they don’t bother bringing any snacks because they make a pit stop at the Costco, ABC, or grocery store as soon as they arrive.
Please be advised that you shouldn’t bring fresh fruit and vegetables to Hawaii. You’ll have to declare it and probably surrender it through the Hawaii agricultural declaration process. Read my article, Be Prepared to Complete the Hawaii Agricultural Declaration Form.
What sort of snacks do you bring when you travel?