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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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