This list may assist you in planning what to bring. Obviously, you won’t bring everything on the list, but it might make you think of a few things you may otherwise overlook :

1. Men’s hiking shoes

For hikes on Maui’s Haleakala volcano, Kauai’s breathtaking Kalalau trail, and Oahu’s Diamond Head trail, you need sturdy hiking shoes to get the job done.

2. Women’s hiking shoes

The islands each have their own famous hiking trails, from the ones found in Big Island’s Hawaii Volcanoes National park to Oahu’s infamous Haiku stairs. Make sure you’re equipped with the appropriate gear to explore all of Hawaii’s stunning views.

3. Hiking Sticks

Carbon-tipped hiking sticks are best for any boulder-hopping hikes. In our guidebooks and app we have both an Activities and an Adventures section for any level of hiker. The Adventures section is full of experiences of a lifetime, but are for the serious adventurer.

4. Hiking shoes for wet rocks

One of the activities in our Big Island Adventures chapter is to boulder hop to a waterfall. To see these falls, you’re gonna have to get wet and risk falling and breaking your ‘okole. Because although they’re only 900 feet from your car, you can’t see ’em, and there is no trail. You’ll have to get in the river and scramble upstream on big old boulders. And if you slip and fall, you probably can’t even use your cell phone to call for help, so be careful.

5. Backpack with water bladder

Bring and drink lots of water when you are out and about, especially when you are hiking. Dehydration sneaks up on people. By the time you are thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. It’s a good idea to keep lots of water in your car. Our weather is almost certainly different than what you left behind, and you will probably find yourself thirstier than usual. Personal hydration packs (such as CamelBak) are great for hiking and going to the beach.

6. Reef-safe water-resistant sunscreen

The hazard that by far affects the most people (excluding the accommodations tax) is the sun. If you want to enjoy your entire vacation, make sure that you wear a strong sunscreen. We recommend a water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Apply 30 minutes before exposure for the most effectiveness. Physical sunblocks (those containing zinc or titanium oxide) are said to be more reef-safe than chemical sunblocks, which are more common.

7. Mask snorkel and fin set

Snorkeling gear can be rented just about anywhere. If you’re going to snorkel more than once, it’s nice to rent it for the week and keep it in your car so you can head to the water any time your little heart desires. If you want to buy your own, the cheapest prices will be at the Walmart/Sam’s Club Superblock outside of Waikiki on Keeaumoku. Also consider Costco if you’re a member.

8. Waterproof phone pouch

Keep your phone safe with a waterproof phone pouch. These pouches are a good purchase if you’re planning on doing any water activities such as kayaking.

9. Mosquito repellant

A good mosquito repellent containing at least 10 percent DEET will come in handy, especially if you plan to go hiking. Forget the guidebooks that tell you to take vitamin B12 to keep mosquitoes away; it just gives the little critters a healthier diet. If you find one dive-bombing you at night in your room, turn on your overhead fan to help keep them away.

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