Hawaii pack list: Minimalist packing guide for adventurers

Don’t know what to pack for your next trip to Hawaii? This Hawaii pack list covers all the essentials including what clothes to bring, gear you’ll need to adventure, camp, surf, and more.

We’ve been traveling to Hawaii for years. Seriously, for 10+ years we went once (or twice a year) and though we like to take our travels to more rugged destinations nowadays, we still can’t get enough of Hawaii and try to get to the beautiful islands as often as possible.

Hawaii is one of the easiest destinations to pack for. With a tropical climate and access to first world access to supplies and gear, you never have to worry about forgetting something totally crucial.

At the same time, it’s nice to come with everything you need that way once you arrive you can get straight into the fun activities and good time.

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This Hawaii pack list will cover everything you need to bring to Hawaii for adventuring, hiking, surfing, and plain old relaxing!

Things to Know About Packing for a Hawaii Trip


This may come as a shock but the weather in Hawaii isn’t all toasty warm all the time. I mean sometimes it drops in the high 60s…brrr.

Yes, Hawaii is probably warmer than where you live but if you’re visiting between October and May the weather could be cool.

For years we only went to Maui and Kauai during peak summer