Packing for Hawaii Do’s and Don’ts

Hey Lovely People!

Processed with VSCO with c4 presetHappy Wednesday! As I promised here is the weekly blog post.  I barely made it, but here it is.  This week I wanted to share with you my Hawaii packing do’s and don’ts: what I actually packed, what I wish I left at home and what I wish I brought with me. This trip, as I do with almost all of my trips, I only packed using my rolling carry on and a duffle bag.  So I had to try and pack light and bring only what I needed… however as you will see I DEFINITELY over packed. The trip was the week after Christmas with my family and we went to Aulani (the Disney resort in Hawaii). We were there for a total of five days and four nights just so you guys can gage what I was packing for.

What I had in my rolling bag:

  • 5 bikinis
  • 6 dresses
  • 2 jackets –  one denim and one leather
  • 6 pairs of undiesIMG_4508
  • 2 sports bras
  • 2 pairs of leggings
  • 3 bras
  • pjs
  • running shoes, converse, flip flops,  lace up sandals and heels
  • jean shorts
  • black jeans
  • 4 assorted tops
  • face lotion
  • tanning oil
  • curling wand
  • hair brush


In my duffle:

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  • 3 pairs of sunnies
  • make up
  • nail polish
  • laptop
  • polarioid
  • gopro
  • DSLR
  • book
  • headphones
  • all of my chargers
  • hair ties
  • misc accessories (necklaces and bracelets)

As you can see I was prepared for everything however there were a few things I really had no use for:

  • I really only needed 3 bikinis
  • I only needed like 3 dresses
  • and I only needed 1 jacket
  • definitely didn’t need the heels or the converse
  • didn’t wear my jeans
  • didn’t need more than 2 tops
  • definitely only needed on pair of sunglasses
  • the nail polish I did use but it wasn’t a necessity

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Things i didn’t bring but wish I had:

  • a journal
  • purple shampoo (travel size) – the hair was lookin a little bronzy
  • a water proof phone bag
  • leave in conditioner – I was out in the sun and my hair was not in great condition.

Over all this trip was so amazing.  I had a great time and I am so thankful for the experience.  If you are going on a tropical vacation definitely bring flowy, easy clothes that are an outfit in one piece.  I lived in my jumpsuits and maxi dresses.  It was also nice because the room my family booked had a washer and dryer (we are a family of 10 so god knows we need it) so I could’ve even brought less.  Some things I definitely wouldn’t bring if you plan to stay on a resort are:  a towel, shampoo/conditioner and a hair dryer.  These are items that basically all hotels have to you don’t need to waste any space packing these.

IMG_4510Here are some tips if you ever find yourself at Aulani:

  • go to the buffet – you can thank me later
  • go on the waterslides
  • go to the Secret Lagoon (ask an employee how to get there because there were sea turtles there and it was seriously the highlight of my trip
  • treat yourself to a meal at Ama Ama, it’s a little nicer and more expensive but I had breakfast there (order the lobster sandwich) and it was seriously amazing.

Alright guys! That was my Hawaii packing do’s and don’ts.  I hope you all enjoyed reading this and if you want to see a cold weather packing do’s and don’ts let me know! I may be packing for cold weather in the near future!



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