You’ve booked your plane tickets, Airbnb, and have your elopement date set (complete with me as your photographer, haha!). The excitement leading up to your Hawaii trip is palpable, and your trip is GETTING REAL!!!! Woohoo!
Before you arrive to Hawaii it’s important to learn a little more about the environment and how that might affect your packing list! It is our job as humans to recreate responsibly: for both ourselves and the planet! Read on to discover things you may not know about visiting the Aloha State:
Reef-safe sunscreen is a must. Sunscreen that is reef-safe helps keep our reefs, oceans, and the animals that live here healthy!
Reusable shopping bags! Plastic bags are banned in Hawaii so you will notice that when you are shopping for groceries, clothings, and souvenirs, stores will off the purchase of brown paper bags or reusable bags! It can be helpful to be prepared and bring your own 🙂
Sunglasses! The sunshine is radiant here, and with the sun reflecting off of the ocean and sands, you’ll be glad you packed sunglasses for your Hawaii trip.
Sun protection: a floppy hat or baseball cap is a must. For a stylish option, I love Hawaiian Style Pāpale hats!
Reusable water bottles. We want to do our part to cut down on the amount of waste that goes into landfills. Packing a reusable water bottle for your visit to Hawaii can help! I highly recommend an insulated water bottle like a Hydro Flask or Stanley to keep your water bottle cool from the Hawaiian sun.
Don’t forget a portable phone charger! While you are adventuring amongst the Hawaiian Islands, you may be snapping photos and using GPS. You definitely want to avoid a dead phone battery if you can help it!
A Sweater and Rain Jacket. While Hawaii has nice weather year round, in the evenings the temperatures drop enough that it gets much cooler. This is especially true if you are staying at a higher elevation, or walking along the beach at sunset when the winds pick up. We also get lots of rain showers on and off throughout the day depending on what part of the island you are!
Hawaiian language (ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi) is still a central part of Hawaiian culture and day to day life in Hawaii. You will notice Hawaiian language on street signs, names of places you will visit, bathroom signs, and throughout your trip in day to day activities. Here a few words and tips to help!
Do not touch or disturb wildlife, just observe from a distance!
If hiking or playing at the beach, please do not stack or balance rocks! There are three main reasons:
There are unfortunately often a lot of microplastics that wash up on our shorelines! If you see anything and are comfortable picking up some trash and disposing of it, it would be much appreciated. The goal is always to leave things better than how you found it!
Sounds like you’re ready for your visit to Hawaii! Armed with insight and guidance on how to make Hawaii enjoyable for not just you and your partner, but local residents, plants, animals, and the habitat, too!