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Friday Five: 5 must-have travel items for Hawaii
Hey friends. I’ve decided to start doing a Friday Five, which will essentially be a round-up of 5 things I want to share for the week. This week, we’ll talk about five must-have travel items for Hawaii. In the future, this might be the top 5 beaches, 5 restaurants, 5 resorts, the possibilities are endless. If you’d like to see a particular Friday Five roundup item, leave a comment below and let me know what you’d like to see.
Five must-have travel items for Hawaii
Whether you bring a lot of luggage or you’re an ultralight packer (like me), there are some must-have travel items for Hawaii. These are just my top 5, but you can check out my Hawaii packing list for even more must-have travel items for Hawaii.
1. A good, reusable water bottle
I always travel with my Hydroflask. I’ve tried to collapsible bottles, and while they do save space, they aren’t for me. If you’d prefer something you can fold up and clip to your bag, the Baiji bottles were just fine. I prefer the Hydroflask.
2. Multipurpose blanket/towel
I’ve talked about it before, but I’ll keep talking about it because I LOVE my Sandcloud towel. It is a towel, but it’s lightweight and is a very multipurpose item. If you’re trying to pack light, versatility is so essential. Hawaii is warm all year, but I always get cold on the plane. I use the towel as a blanket on the plane. Once in Hawaii, the towel can be used as a towel (obviously) or as a sarong. SandCloud is popular with the teen crowd, but 30-something moms can also rock them if you ask my opinion. 😉 Don’t forget to use my code, AmyFil25 to save 25% at checkout.
3. Pair of good headphones
I bought the Bose QuietComfort 35 II noise-canceling headphones last year, and they are a game-changer. Most return flights from Hawaii are redeye, so it can be handy to have headphones to block any noise. I’ve used PowerBeats in the past (for years, until they broke), and while they were great for travel, the sound quality and noise-canceling are nothing compared to Bose.
4. Something to read
My favorite way to pass the time on the plane is to read. I also love taking a book to the beach. As much as I’d like to carry multiple books with me, I find that reading on the Kindle is the best option. Although a Kindle Fire has more options likes games and TV, I prefer to Kindle Paperwhite for reading. I’ve also heard great things about the Kindle Oasis, but I personally do not have one.
I don’t keep my Kindle Unlimited subscription year-round, but I do use it when I’m traveling a lot. I like to read on the plane or the beach, so I get a lot of reading done on vacation. You can try Kindle Unlimited for 30 days for free.
If you prefer audiobooks, you can try Audible for 30 days and get two books free. You can also check out the Libby and Hoopla apps, which you may be able to connect to using your local library for free.
5. A good moisturizer with reef-safe sunscreen
Air travel can wreak havoc on your skin, so I find it best to keep a good moisturizer handy. I like the Coola brand because it contains sunscreen (which you’ll need in Hawaii) and has reef-friendly ingredients. You can learn more about what reef-safe sunscreen is here, or check out my favorite sunscreen for Hawaii.
5 must-have travel items for Hawaii
There are my top 5 must-have travel items for Hawaii. If you have any must-have travel items, I’d love it if you shared them in the comments below. If you’re looking for more Hawaii Travel Tips, check out some of my most popular posts:
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- The problem with Airbnb in Hawaii.
- The questions you’re afraid to ask about Hawaii.
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