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This is my first trip to Hawaii. What do I need to bring?

Pack all the clothes you think you’ll need. Then take half out. No kidding. Most of Hawaii is very, very casual. T-shirts and shorts over a swimsuit and “slippahs” (flip-flops) are what you will wear 90% of the time. Bring one or two nice (but casual) shirts or sundresses if you want to go somewhere nice for dinner and one sweater/sweatshirt for the airplane or a trip up Haleakala. Besides the usual tourist items (sunglasses, camera, sunblock, hat) you may want to bring:

  • Binoculars (especially December–April when the whales are here!)
  • CDs (Most units and rental cars have CD players. We love the CDs by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
  • That novel you’ve been meaning to read
  • Mask, snorkel and fins if you have them; if not, they are easy to rent and you don’t have the hassle of carrying them
  • A simple day pack is a great way to carry stuff to the beach or take a quick hike to a waterfall
  • We suggest cleaning out your wallet; leave out extra credit cards, library card, grocery card, etc. that you won’t use (This might be a good time to photocopy all those cards and leave the copy in a safe place at home.)
  • A good Maui guidebook; we recommend Maui Revealed: The Ultimate Guidebook by Andrew Doughty

And don’t forget to bring your confirmation and welcome letter with directions to the unit and lockbox code! (It’s usually the honeymooners who forget… guess they have other things on their minds.)

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