My personal Hawaii packing list for an adventurous week of outdoor fun on Oahu, so that you can spend your time exploring instead of shopping for the stuff you forgot!
TEXT BY JESSICA BLACKMUN // IMAGES BY JACKSON GROVES
Do you ever get to your destination just to wish you could’ve known better and packed differently? Do you over pack, under pack? To be honest I’m always a bit of an over packer but I try to have the philosophy “if you forget anything you need, you’ll probably be able to find it”. However, I also believe in the sense of economizing wherever possible while on holiday and sometimes it’s in your wallet’s best interest if you just bring the things you need from home.
Here’s a suggested list for you so you know exactly what you need for an adventurous week in Hawaii.
- 3 pairs of workout shorts or leggings
- 2 pairs of workout tops
- 2+ sports bras
You will need workout clothes for hiking, outdoor activities, and working out!
- 3 pairs of socks
You only need 3 pairs of socks because you will most likely spend the majority of your time in flip-flops.
- 7 pairs of underwear
- 2 bathing suits
2 bathing suits are plenty because you can wear one while the other dries. You could also get away with 1 if you aren’t planning on spending every day at the beach.
- 2 pairs of shorts
- 4 basic shirts (short sleeves and tank tops)
- 1 light sweatshirt
- 1 light coverup or jacket that can be dressed up
- 2 casual dresses
Dresses are nice to have as a swimsuit cover up or as an alternative outfit for going out.
- 1 pair of beach shoes
I recently tried Sea Star Beachwear espadrilles and loved them! They are awesome for adventuring along rocky shores. Wishing I would’ve had them for our Outrigger Canoe Adventure to the Mokulua Islands or Kayaking to Chinaman’s Hat!
- 1 pair of Flip-flops
- 1 pair of Running shoes
(if you plan on adventuring, bring a pair you wouldn’t mind destroying as the hikes on Oahu can be muddy!)
- 1 pair of casual sneakers
While you can get away wearing flip-flops to most places, running shoes are essential for adventuring. Sandals and casual sneakers are more preference based and become more necessary if you are going out to a nice dinner or checking out the nightlife.
- 1 pair of Sandals/wedges
- Shampoo and conditioner
(Everyone has their own favorite products, if you’re picky it’s smart to just bring little travel size bottles of yours from home.)
- Body wash
- Toothpaste and toothbrush
- Make up
*I left sunscreen off of the list because they sell it everywhere here cheaply so there is no point in wasting space in your bag for it! Another thing to think about is whether or not you are checking a bag. If you choose to forgo checking a bag, your toiletries become much more limited.
- Beach towel
If you are tight for space, most hotels provide beach towels, but check with yours if you aren’t sure.
- Small purse
A backpack is great for hikes, adventures, and even beach days where as a small purse is better for a night or meal out.
Another tip: Roll your clothes! You can fit way more in your bag that way 🙂