Packing Essentials for Your Kauai Vacation
“What to pack?” is a question that is on the minds of almost every traveler. It’s an important part of any travel experience, no matter what the destination. There are few travelers who have ever returned from a vacation wishing their bags had been heavier, but what is really necessary for a holiday on Kauai?
The Garden Isle is a very casual, relaxed place. Unless you’ll be attending a wedding or part of the ceremony, there is no reason for ties, sports jackets or formal dresses.
There are several items that every Kauai vacationer should bring.
Sun and bug protection
In Kauai as well as throughout the Hawaiian Islands, sun protection is a must. The islands are located near the equator which means the sun can be intense, even on days that are cloudy. This includes a strong, water-proof sunscreen that is 30 SPF or higher, sunglasses and a light hat. Of course, these items are all available on the island, but they tend to be quite a bit pricier than they are on the mainland.
If you plan to hike – and you should with much of the island inaccessible by vehicle, bring a mosquito repellant that contains Deet.
Beach sandals or flip-flops are the standard footwear in the islands, including Kauai, although they are referred to as “slippers” here. For any serious hiking into the Island’s spectacular rainforest areas, hiking boots are also a necessity. You may also want to bring comfortable, casual walking shoes for exploring Kauai’s towns or taking a stroll on one of the scenic walking paths.
You should probably leave your high heels at home, the odds are they’ll just take up room in your suitcase and never be used. Blisters can quickly ruin a vacation and there is just way too much to see on this beautiful island. You shouldn’t chance wasting the opportunity to enjoy it all by ending up forced to stay off your feet.
If you plan to spend a lot of time in the water, bring at least two bathing suits. They don’t take up much room in the suitcase and this way you’ll have a dry suit to wear when the other is wet. You might want to spend time swimming or snorkeling in the ocean and then visit one of Kauai’s fabulous spas to take a dip in the pool or relax in a hot tub.
Pack light, comfortable clothing like shorts, sundresses and sleeveless shirts that allow the body to breathe in the tropical heat. Men might want to bring a polo shirt and khakis for going out at night as well. Bring one sweatshirt or light jacket and a pair of long pants for cooler, breezy nights. A light, long sleeve cover-up to wear when you feel like you’ve had too much sun is also a good idea.
A camera, of course, is a must. There are practically an endless amount of picture-perfect opportunities on Kauai. If possible, put it into your carry-on bag so that it’s easily accessible when you need it as well as in the rare chance that your luggage is lost. A pair of binoculars is handy for whale-watching and other wildlife viewing.