What to Pack for a Trip to Hawaii

Road to Hana, Maui, Hawaii/Oyster

Road to Hana, Maui, Hawaii/Oyster

Whether you’re heading to Na Pali Coast State Park or relaxing along the beaches of the Hanauma Bay, Hawaii’s consistent climate makes it a relatively easy destination the pack for. With average temperatures hovering between 65 and 85 degrees year-round, it’s no surprise that the beautiful islands remain popular regardless of the season. However, the state's distinct micro-climates mean that you have lush rainforests, sandy beaches, and deserts all within a tiny area. If your itinerary includes multiple destinations, it can be hard to decide what to pack. But luckily, we're here to point you in the right direction -- here’s our ultimate guide to what to pack for a trip to Hawaii. 

Long Pants

Jeans are always an option, but most travelers to Hawaii will get more use out of packing a lightweight, slim-fit trouser. Great for exploring lava fields or wearing to a traditional luau, we’re big fans of this lightweight option from Prana. 

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Light Jacket

While you’ll never be downright chilly in Hawaii (unless you're atop Mauna Kea at dawn -- there can be snow up there!), a light jacket can come in handy for cooler evenings and rainy days. Choose an easily packable, cotton option like this lightweight anorak, available in five different colors. 

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Swimsuits

A no-brainer, but not all swimsuits are created equal! For a week in Hawaii, you’ll want at least three suits. You can never go wrong with a versatile one-piece, which will ensure coverage for any water sports or activities, and then add a few mix-and-match tops and bottoms. Don’t forget to pack a flowy caftan for a versatile cover-up that will take you from beach to spa and everywhere in between.

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Shorts

Overall, Hawaii’s a casual place, and you won’t regret having a few different pairs of shorts for various outings. We recommend taking at least two pairs: one pair of casual shorts that are useful for hiking or throwing on over a bathing suit, and another more dressy pair that can be worn with a cute blouse.

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Linen T-Shirts

Hawaii’s high humidity means that heavy cotton T-shirts can easily get damp and uncomfortable. Stick to lighter linen T-shirts, which wick moisture away, dry quickly, and are super comfortable. A loose and less-clingy fit will be exceptionally convenient on warmer days. Bonus: Linen is one of the only fabrics that looks good a little wrinkled!

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Hawaiian Shirt

No, we’re not talking Margaritaville here. The days of the over-the-top, busy prints are over. Look for chic, restrained tropical prints that won’t make you look like a parrot. We’re particularly fans of this pineapple number.

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Hat

A good hat is a must for days spent at the beach or hiking. A regular baseball cap can suffice, but if you’re looking for a style upgrade, choose a versatile sun hat, ideally with UPF. This model folds down for packing convenience.

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Water Shoes

If you plan on doing any reef exploration or will be near Hawaii’s jagged volcanic rocks, it’s worth packing a pair of lightweight, durable water shoes. Look for an anti-slip outer sole and a comfortable pull-on design. 

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Polarized Sunglasses

If you’ve ever been on the fence about purchasing a pair of polarized sunglasses, one trip to Hawaii will make you a believer! You can’t go wrong with a stylish, classic pair of Ray-Bans.

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