What To Wear In Hawaii

Going to Hawaii may be a dream come true for many. The weather in Hawaii is warm and tropical, meaning you don’t really need much clothing.

But what about the rest of your wardrobe? You’re going to spend some quality time exploring the beautiful beaches, hiking up volcanoes, snorkeling the reefs, and enjoying delicious local cuisine.

What To Wear In Hawaii

Whether you choose Hawaii for a romantic get away, a honeymoon, a family trip, or just because you love adventure, you surely want to make sure you look your best while you’re there.

So we’ve put together the ultimate male and female packing lists for Hawaii! 

Beach Gear

Hawaii is known for its beautiful beaches, and there are many different types of clothing that you can wear while enjoying the sun.

From board shorts to bikinis and even swim trunks, there are plenty of options for everyone. 

While some people prefer to just lounge around on the sand, others like to go surfing or snorkeling.

Whatever your preference, we’ve got you covered. Here are some of the most important pieces of clothing that you should bring along with you to Hawaii.


If you’re planning on spending lots of time on the beach, shorts are a must. They provide maximum comfort and protection against the elements.

There are many styles of shorts to choose from, including short-shorts, long-shorts, board shorts, hipster shorts, and even knee-length shorts.


A t-shirt is a great option for those days when you want to keep cool but still look good.

Whether you opt for a plain white shirt (Check out How To Make A Shirt Look Vintage) or something else, make sure that it fits comfortably and provides coverage.

Also for the ladies,  consider adding a sports bra if you plan on doing anything athletic during your trip.

Sandals/Flip Flops

Flip flops are perfect for the beach because they allow you to walk barefoot without getting wet. Plus, flip flops are extremely comfortable and easy to slip into.

Depending on where you’re staying, you might not be allowed to wear sandals or flip flops inside, so make sure to pack accordingly.

For the evening make sure you have a pair of dressy, strappy sandals. If you can find a brand that offers good arch support, it will make your feet feel great.

You don’t want to sacrifice comfort for style. And since you’ll probably be walking around a lot, you’ll want something that looks nice even when it gets dirty.


When you’re traveling to Hawaii, you will probably want to hit up the pool at least once every day. So you’ll need to pack a couple of bathing suits.

Make sure that one is appropriate for swimming and the other is suitable for lounging around the house/hotel. 


SPF 30 is recommended for the best protection from harmful rays. However, if you’re prone to skin issues you should talk to your doctor before heading out to the beach.

The sun in Hawaii can be fierce so it’s important to be sensible. 



Not only do sunglasses protect your eyes from the sun, but they also add a little flair to your outfit. Some people like wearing square frames while others prefer rounder frames.

Either way, make sure to pack a pair of shades.


Hats are essential for protecting yourself from the sun and providing shade. Pack a wide brimmed hat to shield your face from the blazing Hawaiian sun.

Beach Slip Water Shoes 

These shoes are great for water activities like swimming, boating, fishing and surfing. They are also good for hiking and running.

They are quick drying and light weight and they provide protection against scratches. They are unisex and come in many different colors and styles. 

Other Things To Take To Hawaii 

Rash Guard

Rash guards are a must on our packing lists for Hawaii. Not only because you may spend  most days on the beach, but also because it protects you against the sun rays, especially during those hot summer months. 

Rash guards are  great for protecting you from getting burned, and keeping you warm in the water, but there are many brands out there that offer you protection without being too tight.

For example, you could use a AXESEA Rash Guard, which is really comfortable, and they fit perfectly.

Waterproof Drybag 

If you are into water sports and plan on enjoying the activities during your trip to Hawaii this item is a MUST. This floating waterproof bag is perfect for almost any adventure you want to do.

You can roll it up, buckle it, and take it anywhere. It keeps your belongings safe no matter what happens.

The bag is lightweight and easy to carry. It is designed to hold small items such as wallets, passports, money, keys, etc.

It floats well and won’t sink even if you throw it into the ocean. It features a zipper closure, adjustable shoulder strap, and a mesh pocket inside.


A towel is one of those things every traveler needs, whether it’s a resort destination like Hawaii or a family vacation spot like Florida. 

Beach Towel

You probably already know what a beach towel looks like. You use it to dry off after getting wet while swimming, snorkeling, surfing, or just hanging out at the shoreline.

A good quality beach towel is essential to protect yourself from sand, sunburn, and even jellyfish stings.

Pool Towel

If you’re planning on spending most of your time lounging around in the water, you’ll want to pack a pool towel.

These come in handy for drying off after a dip in the pool, and they also make great gifts (Also check out some Vintage Valentines Gifts To Give Your Loved Ones) for friends and relatives back home.


Even though umbrellas aren’t technically beach or pool accessories, they’re still useful tools for protecting you from rain and wind.

If you plan on being outdoors for extended periods of time, consider packing a collapsible umbrella (Also check out What Is A Parasol?).


Going to Hawaii is a dream come true so make sure you are armed with the essentials to enjoy your vacation to the fullest.

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