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  • Writer's pictureKaren Jackson

What You Need to Pack for Your Hawaii Vacation


Are you preparing for your upcoming trip to Hawaii? If your vacation is within the next few days, you may be getting ready to start your packing. When doing so, do you know what you should bring? If not, now is the time to find out. After all, there is nothing worse than arriving at your vacation destination only to learn that you left something important at home.


The most important thing for you to pack is a form of identification. In fact, you should never leave home without a form of identification. If you have a state issued driver’s license that should do. If not, a picture identification card is recommended. This can be a recent work identification card, college identification card, or a picture card issued by your state. Even though a passport is not required to travel to Hawaii, if you are coming from the United States, a form of identification is a must.


All important health and medical related information should be packed as well. For starters, make sure you bring all health insurance cards with you. This is important, as it can be frustrating stuck in an unknown emergency room with your important documents thousands of miles away.


In addition to health insurance cards, there are other medical and health bases that you should also have covered. What about prescriptions? Do you take daily medication? If so, it may be a wise idea to create a backup plan with your doctor in the event of an emergency. Would they be available to call or fax in a prescription for you should you misplace your medication? Would they be willing to write an extra small prescription, in the event you lose your medication on your trip? Some physicians will do, but the medication will likely only be enough to get you through your trip.


Are you planning to make reservations for a Hawaii car rental or have you already done so? If so, what is required of you? As previously stated, you should bring your driver’s license with you. Most Hawaii car rental companies require proof that you are able to legally drive in the United States. Proof of car insurance may also be required or at least recommended.


Of course, it is important to pack clothes for your trip. When doing so, be sure to check the

weather forecast for your Hawaii destination. This allows you to pack accordingly. When packing your clothes, it is important to keep fees in mind. There are many airlines that now charge an additional fee for a second bag of checked luggage. If you gain access to a washer or dryer, it may be best to pack light and quickly wash your clothes.


In addition to clothing, it is also important to pack items and supplies that are used for recreational activities. Hawaii is known for is great beach activities. These activities include sunbathing, swimming, boating, fishing, surfing, and snorkeling. If you plan to participate in these activities, you will need to bring a swimsuit and a beach towel with you. Even if you opt for land based activities, like hiking, camping, or horseback riding, comfortable clothes and sneakers are recommended.


It is also important to pack a small amount of toiletries. To save you time, as well as reduce problems at airport security checkpoints, travel size toiletries are recommended. Most department stores sell these convenient travel sizes. Deodorant, shampoo, soap, and toothpaste is recommended. Although your hotel or vacation resort may provide you with some small toiletries, there are no guarantees. And, these items are often expensive to purchase in popular vacation destinations.


The above mentioned items are all must haves that you should bring with you on your next trip to Hawaii. To help ensure you are fully prepared for your trip, you should create a luggage checklist for yourself. Check off each item as you pack it and you should arrive at your destination with everything you need.

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