Packing For Hawaii: "Think Casual" and
"Dressing Up Hawaiian Style" Think Casual
One of the most important things to remember is
that when you're in Hawaii, you'll be outside much of the time -
walking, riding, snorkeling, bicycling, sailing, strolling, boating,
surfing, hiking, or swimming. For daytime, casual is definitely
the way to go. With that in mind, you should be sure to:
for the sun. The sun is strong nearer the equator. You don't want
to start off your first few days with the discomfort of a sunburn.
Bring a good sun tan lotion as well as a hat. A collapsible hat
packs very easily.
- Pack or wear comfortable foot-wear suitable
for the activities you're planning, such as athletic shoes, hiking
boots, sandals or walking shoes.
- Men should be sure to bring polo shirts, t-shirts,
A pair of jeans or lightweight pants are a good idea for higher
will want to bring polo shirts, t-shirts, tank tops, shorts, sundresses,
and light weight skirts or slacks.
- If you plan any water activities, pack at least
two bathing suits. This way, you can wear one while the other
- Lightweight jackets, sweaters or jogging suits
are ideal for breezy winter evenings, a walk on the beach, or
on the deck of boat or ship.
Casual wear is an easy area in which to
control over packing:
- Consider doing a load or two of laundry during
your vacation. Many condos and hotels have self-service laundromats.
Call ahead to check on the availability of facilities. If you
decide to go this route, set aside plenty of quarters during your
- If you like to buy t-shirts as souvenirs, you
can cut back on the number of tops you pack. You'll find plenty
of choices everywhere in Hawaii, and most especially in the resort
areas and around Waikiki.
Dressing Up Hawaiian Style
For dressier occasions such as business functions, a visit to a
nice restaurant, or a night on the town, note that Hawaii's culture
and its tropical climate have created a more relaxed dress code.
For example, businessmen rarely wear suits and ties. With that in
mind we suggest that:
- For business functions you should pack business
casual and resort casual wear, unless your company instructs you
otherwise. You may want to include a jacket or sweater, as meeting
rooms in hotels or convention centers can be very cold at times.
other occasions for which you want to dress up a bit, men can
consider khakis or chinos (or other tropic weigh slacks) with
loafers, polo or golf shirts, and perhaps a sport jacket.
- Women also can consider khakis or chinos, with
a dressier top (with or without a tropic-weight jacket) and sandals,
or a nice sundress and sandals.
aloha-wear is also a good choice for both men and women. The styles
available cover a broader range than the traditional muumuu's
and loud-print shirts. They are widely available and you will
be joining in on the fun of the islands.
- Good grooming often requires a hair dryer or
iron or both, but even travel sizes can add weight to your luggage.
Check ahead with your hotel or condominium to see if they offer
either or both of these items as amenities.
- Although your fine jewelry can dress up a casual
outfit, and takes little space in your luggage, it requires extra
security precautions. Consider, instead, wearing a just a few
Buying Hawaiian-made or sold jewelry provides a
pretty souvenir you can enjoy year-round at home. There is a wide
range available in the island, from inexpensive costume jewelry,
to both moderately-priced and more expensive fine jewelry.