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If you’re anything like me, you’re always trying to improve your packing game. And by improve I mean avoiding situations where you’re throwing random things in your suitcase at midnight before your 6AM flight and then thinking of everything you forgot during the drive to the airport. Oh wait…that’s only me? Well then. If you’re wondering what to pack for the beach, I’ve rounded up what I consider to be essentials for a beach vacation to Hawaii. Now obviously, since you’ll be flying to Hawaii, you won’t be packing some of these things, but if you’re road tripping to the beach on the mainland, these are good ideas, and you also may want to rent some of these (chairs, umbrellas, coolers, snorkel gear, etc), if it won’t be provided by where you’re staying in Hawaii.
So here’s what you should always pack for a trip to the beach:
Cover Up. My motto is always pack more of these than you think you’ll need. It’s probably what you’ll be wearing most of the time. I’ve been particularly into kimonos lately. Some of my favorites are from Jaxsea.
Water Shoes. If you’ll be doing any hiking or water related activities that are going to require sturdy footwear, pack a pair of Keens. A lot of beaches or snorkeling spots in Hawaii have a rocky entry so these can be helpful.
Hat. Yeah, the first day you’re there you’ll be all about soaking up the sun, but trust me, after a little too much sun you’ll be all about the shade. I like a big sun hat but you can’t beat a good ol’ ball cap either.
Sunglasses. I live in Ray Bans, but sometimes you just want to pack a cheap pair for the beach.
Sun Shirt. Sometimes throwing on a shirt is a lot more convenient than putting on more sunscreen (and more reef friendly as well). These are my favorite.
Beach Bag. You’ve got to have something to haul your gear around in. I like a big bag with plenty of room but you’ll also want something that packs up small.