Living the dream in Hawaii without blowing your whole budget?

Elsie Young

Here's a packing list for your 7-day trip that focuses on value and fun:

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  • Comfy & Cool: Pack sundresses, shorts, tank tops, and maybe 1 light long-sleeved shirt for chilly evenings. Hawaii is all about relaxing, so ditch the fancy clothes.
  • Mix & Match: Bring clothes that can be easily paired together. This way, you can create multiple outfits with fewer pieces.
  • Quick-Drying Fabrics: Opt for clothes that dry fast – perfect for beach days and sweaty adventures.

  • Walking Buddies: Pack a pair of comfy walking shoes for exploring. Opt for something with good tread if you plan on doing any hiking.
  • Beach Bum Sandals: Grab some cheap flip-flops or sandals for the beach. No need for fancy footwear here!

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Beach Gear:

  • Snorkel Like a Local: Snorkeling is a must in Hawaii! But renting gear is way cheaper than buying it beforehand. Check out local shops near your stay for rentals.
  • Beach Towel Magic: Bring a lightweight, quick-drying beach towel. You can find these for pretty cheap at most stores.
Sun Essentials:

  • Reef-Safe Sunscreen: Protect yourself and the beautiful Hawaiian environment! Pack reef-safe sunscreen – it's good for you and the ocean.
  • Aloe Vera Soother: Sunburns happen. Pack a small bottle of aloe vera to soothe any irritation.
  • Hat Attack: A hat is your best friend! It'll shield you from the sun and keep you cool.
Tech Toys (Optional):

  • Waterproof Case: If you have a waterproof phone case, bring it! You can capture amazing underwater shots without worrying about ruining your phone.
  • Underwater Camera (Bonus): An underwater camera would be awesome, but it's not essential. Your phone in a waterproof case can do wonders!
Bonus Money-Saving Tips:

  • Pack Snacks: Pack some snacks from home for the plane and exploring. Food in Hawaii can be expensive, so having some back-up is a lifesaver.
  • Refill Your Water Bottle: Bring a reusable water bottle and refill it throughout the day. Buying bottled water constantly adds up!
  • Explore Free Activities: There are tons of free things to do in Hawaii! Hike to beautiful waterfalls, explore local beaches, or visit free cultural centers.