7 Things You Should Pack in Your Hawaii Suitcase

7 Things You Should Pack in Your Hawaii Suitcase

Having a difficult time packing for your trip to Hawaii? Don’t miss out on these items.

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7 Things You Should Pack in Your Hawaii Suitcase


1. Jacket or Sweatshirt

Yes, a jacket! My mom and I are catching the sunrise views at Haleakalā National Park. The temperature drops 3º for every 1000 feet of elevation, and temperatures are around 40 degrees. We sure need a jacket or sweatshirt to bring along.

If you travel to Hawaii during between November and January, you should be prepared for semi-chilly nights. Winter is also Hawaii’s rainy season, so if you plan on purchasing a jacket, make sure it’s waterproof. Or find a light rain jacket to bring with.


2. Sunscreen

Sunscreen is one of the kindest things to take with you on your Hawaii vacation. Some bloggers or influencers are referencing “reef safe” or “reef friendly” products, but what does that mean? Because there is no agreed upon testing protocol, neither “reef friendly” nor “reef safe” is currently being defined or regulated by the FDA.

Sun Bum references the “Hawaii Act 104 Reef Compliant” for their products. Sun Bum’s Oxybenzone free and Octinoxate free formula will protect your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays while enriching your skin with Vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps to neutralize free radicals, which are the main cause of premature skin aging.


3. Waterproof Phone Case

If you’re going to be near the water, either at the beach or in the mountains, then you’ll need to protect your phone from water. A waterproof phone case is a Hawaii essential if you plan on using it to take all your photos and videos.

These cell phone dry bags come with a detachable lanyard. You’re able to touch the screen to capture all of the best vacation moments.

Please use safely! I once went on vacation to Grand Cayman with a LifeProof case. Salt water got in through the case and destroyed my phone. All my photos and videos were gone. I lost my entire vacation!


4. Portable Charger

Portable power banks are a must have if you’re planning on using your phone a lot. Since I like to take a lot of photos and video, my cell phone battery often depletes quickly.

Anker’s slim size power bank saves on space while also charging a phone up to three times. It weighs less than half a pound and can fit in your pocket.


5. Reusable water bottle

Pack your own reusable travel water bottle to save on plastic bottles while traveling.

This KCZ bottles are also collapsible, which makes it great for travel because they fit in a carryon bag. The folding water bottle is made of silicone and has a silicone sealing ring to prevent water from splashing out.


6. Poncho

Zack and I got stuck in Pompeii with horrendous downpours. We were lucky enough that the vendors outside were selling ponchos, so we were able to enjoy our visit. But we paid $10 a piece! Save yourself the money and buy cheap ponchos that can be disposable after your vacation – or invest in some nicer ones for your trips!

These Hagon Pro comes in a 5-pack of disposable rain ponchos. They are made from a thicket plastic that allows them to be reusable if you need them over the duration of your trip.


7. Beach Bag

Beach bags are essentials that will get you from the hotel room to the beach with all your essentials. You’ll want to be on the lookout for one that’s also waterproof.

This ESVAN bag is water resistant with a zipper closure on the top. It’s also washable and has cute pineapples on it – perfect for visiting the Dole Plantation in Hawaii!

What else should I pack? Let me know in the comments below.



If you missed my review of our Hawaii vacation you can read all about it here!

Don’t miss my other “What to Wear” Travel posts:
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Hailing from the great state of Wisconsin, Katie Kinsley is a content creating, email marketing, overambitious plant-lover (read: killer). She's obsessed with planning detailed vacations and finding and building an affordable wardrobe. She's an individualist at heart discovering self-growth, a parent to a dog and a cat and in love with productivity hacks.
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