I recently spent a week in Hawaii lounging on the beach on Oahu and not checking my phone. My vacation was primarily spent on the beach or in town, at local museums, with only a bit of hiking. I know, outdoor enthusiasts will say it was a missed opportunity, and they’re not wrong, but it was my vacation, my terms. Nevertheless, I packed for water sports and more strenuous hikes, so I’d be ready for anything and want to share my packing list with you!
More than any other pieces, the tops I packed for Hawaii made the outfits. I brought some funky colours and lots of linen shirts that dried very quickly and acted as a better shield for my pale skin than regular tank tops.
I brought some long-sleeve options because it can get chilly in March on Oahu and I wanted some extra options for layering. For warmth, I brought one bright sweatshirt.
It did end up raining a little bit every day, so you could pack a light
Jeans don’t usually scream vacation wear, but it was still chilly in the evenings and I wanted some casual outfits. Jean shorts are a classic and long sleeve jeans worked well for most evening looks. For working out, I brought leggings and my favourite Lululemon trouser workout pants. I also brought some running shorts for hiking and water sports.
I brought some casual sneakers for walking around, some athletic shoes for hikes, nice sandals and waterproof rubber sandals. Although it seems like a lot, I wore each pair and they all served a purpose. I chose athletic shoes that I didn’t mind getting wet, because the hikes can get muddy and slippery, so choose wisely.
Instead of a swimsuit coverup, I packed two dresses that I could wear in the city and on the beach. I chose a workout dress a lot like the Outdoor Voices dress, as well as a loose white dress.
I packed a few swimsuits because they didn’t exactly dry that quickly in the humidity. I also packed a rashguard in case I went out kayaking or in direct sun for long periods of time.
I knew I’d want a little day pack for exploring so I brought the Everlane packable backpack that folds into a little pouch. I like that it’s small, packable, and water resistant while also having a little sleeve for a 13-inch laptop.
I also wanted to be super beachy and there’s no better way than to trade my usual leather purses for something light like a beaded purse. I picked mine up at a thrift store in Kansas City, but this style is super hot this year and I’ve seen some at Mango, Zara, and Urban Outfitters.
I also packed multiple pairs of sunnies and a packable hat, although big straw ones were for sale everywhere I went.
If I hadn’t had access to things at the house where I stayed or to the nearby Target, I would have packed a beach towel, bug spray, and reef-safe sunscreen which is mandatory in Hawaii. Luckily, I was able to buy or borrow most of this on-location, saving precious suitcase space.
- Shirokiya Ala Moana – go HUNGRY
- Bishop Museum
- Waikiki Aquarium
- Oahu North Shore
- Kailua and Lanikai beaches
- Honolulu walking tours ( I did the Devil’s Den Chinatown one!)