Packing is probably my least favorite part of travel, and even pulling together a suitcase for something as blissful as ten days in Hawaii usually leaves me writing in agony on the floor of my closet.
Still, I admit that this being my second time to the Aloha State, I had a much better idea of what to bring and what to leave behind. High heels? Hell no! Copious sunscreen and an automobile iPhone charger for road trips? Check and check.
I knew I’d have a very active itinerary of hiking, biking, and enjoying the beautiful Pacific ocean but also be enjoying some higher end dining in the evening (which only goes so far in laid back Maui, of course) so needed to plan for both. I checked a suitcase I borrowed from a friend — I probably need to buy one of those things — with plenty of room left for souvenirs, and carried on my Eagle Creek Afar Backpack with all my electronics, and my purse with my plane essentials.
Clothes and Shoes
• 4 tropical and breezy dresses
• 2 skirts
• 2 pairs of shorts
• 1 pair of black capris
• 6 tops
• 2 sets of workout gear (I’m always super active when I’m Hawaii!)
• 1 pair of trainers
• 1 pair of wedges (I would never pack heels for Hawaii, but wedges seem like the perfect laid back but dressy compromise for some of the nicer restaurants I knew I’d be dining in)
• 2 pairs of dress sandals (really I should have packed one, I never wore the red ones)
• 1 pair flip flops (not pictured)
• 1 clutch
• 1 bag of jewelry
• 2 pairs of sunglasses (not pictured)
• 1 packing cube of socks and underwear
• 1 packing cube of bras
I decided not to bring my full set of dive gear this time as I knew I’d only be diving once, but I came fully prepared for a full itinerary of aquatic activities.
• 1 set of snorkel gear (I know you can always rent but I would never dive without my own mask, and love to have my own small-foot fins)
• 1 rash guard (a must for surfing and sunburn-free snorkeling)
• 1 packing cube of bikinis
• 1 beach sarong
• John Frieda Sheer Blonde Lightening Spray (I haven’t colored my hair in years — this stuff plus the sun keeps it bright and blonde!)
• Leave in conditioner (keeps my hair from drying out after too much sun and sea)
• 1 makeup bag
• 1 toiletry bag
• 1 shower bag
• 1 medicine bag
Gear and Electronics
Basically everything that went in my carry on — plus my wallet and hand lotion, of course. (Did you know I’m obsessed with dry skin and would rather hear nails on a chalk board than have unmoisturized skin?) Two things I discovered I desperately needed on this trip and obtained quickly upon return were a waterproof iPhone case (my last one broke) and an extendable arm for my GoPro.
• MacBook Pro + charger (not pictured) + headphones (not pictured) + portable mouse
• iPhone + charging cord + car charger (I knew I’d have a rental car and be using map apps heavily, so this was a must)
• Time machine backup hard drive
• GoPro + charger and accessories (in white bag)
• The Moon Maui Guidebook + travel magazines for the plane
• Travel pillow + eyeshade + earplugs (it is a very, very long flight from New York!)
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