What to Pack for your Maui Vacation

With our trip to Maui fast approaching (yes, we will be on the island in April!), we have been giving some thought into preparing for our trip. Randy has been making this trip for 30 years and become pretty well versed on what to bring (and what not to bring). I, on the other hand, tend to always over pack anytime I go on a trip.

Here are Randy’s tips:

Tip #1: Purchase your sunscreen before you go to Maui. They know you need it there… and it will cost you!

Tip #2: (Not related to packing, but very important!!!) Use your sunscreen! The sun on Maui is strong, and even if you think you tan easily, you may end up a little redder than expected. Speaking of the sun… for the first few days, take it easy. Avoid the high noon sun, and spend your time in the sun (especially for the first few days), in intervals.

Tip #3: Leave the hair dryer at home. Most units provide these for you.

Tip #4: Don’t pack too many dress clothes.  Island attire is casual, and chances are these clothes won’t make it out of your suitcase. Sundresses are always a good choice for women.

Tip #5: Don’t go cheap on flip flops. Invest in a pair that will be comfortable to wear all day and that you can walk in. There is nothing worse than a cheap pair of sandals that provide no support. Your back will thank you.

Tip #6: Just because your trip is 10 days (or whatever it may be) does not mean you need to bring 10+ outfits. Many units have a washer/dryer or laundry facilities on site. Plus you will likely (if you are anything like me) want to do some shopping.

Tip #7: Bring activity specific attire. For example, if you are planning on watching the sunrise from Haleakala National Park, bring some warm layers as temperatures can get pretty low (and by low I mean freezing!) at higher elevations (note: bring layers- it gets hot once the sun comes up!). Likewise, if you are planning on going on an ATV tour, horseback riding, or biking trip, make sure you pack some long pants and closed toe shoes.

Tip #8: Use easily identifiable luggage tags. Most travelers seem to have black suitcases, and you don’t want to waste time trying to find your bag when you arrive.

I will be keeping these tips in mind when we pack for our trip. (Mostly I want to make sure I have enough room in my suitcase to bring stuff home!). Got any more? Email us at mauiman@telus.net

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