Our Recommended Travel Gear to Bring to Hawaii

Sun Protective Clothing

We love snorkeling and we’ve found the best way to protect Hawaii’s reefs and our skin is by using sun-protective clothing during our snorkeling trips. Here’s what we currently use:

🍍 Women’s: BUBBLELIME Long/Short Sleeve UPF 50+

🍍 Men’s: Beach Bros. UPF 50+ Swim Shirt

🍍 Toddler: Vapor Apparel Toddler UPF 50+

🍍 Youth: Vapor Apparel Youth UPF 50+

Recommended Hawaii packing list sun protective clothing


Hawaii Reef-Friendly Sunscreen

Keeping the reef safe is a big deal in Hawaii and most of the sunscreens that are sold in other states come with chemicals that damage and bleach the coral. Help keep Hawaii’s reefs safe for generations to come with reef-friendly sunscreen. We prefer mineral-based sunscreens to keep the reef safe. These are our favorite and most economical brands. 

🍍 Blue Lizard Sensitive Mineral Sunscreen $2.47/oz

🍍 Thinksport SPF 50 Sunscreen $3.33/oz

🍍 Badger SPF 30 Unscented Sunscreen Cream $4.69/oz


Water and Hiking Shoes

If you plan on hiking, ditch the hiking shoes and bring a pair that can easily be used while you’re walking up a trail or walking through a creek. Erica wears her Teva Women’s Original Universals daily almost daily.

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Favorite Snorkel Gear

Before you rush out to buy snorkel gear, we recommend renting when on the islands. Save on luggage space by renting. There are a lot of great, local renting shops on all the islands. Prices range from $1.50 a day to $6 day. One can get discounted rates by renting for the week. With a local shop, you can make sure you get quality snorkel gear and they can fit the mask properly. Many resorts also provide snorkel gear!

If you are still eager to purchase, here are our favorite snorkel gear sets that are travel-ready and fit very well! They are well-priced for the quality.

🍍 Cressi Snorkeling Set – tempered glass mask, short fins, a dry top snorkel (water can’t get in the snorkel), and well priced for the quality!

🍍  U.S. Divers Lux Platinum Snorkel Set – panoramic view, tempered glass mask, a dry top snorkel, and adjustable fins.


There’s a lot to see underwater. We love capturing the memories as we snorkel, scuba dive, SUP, or learn to surf. This is our favorite camera for getting it all:

🍍 GoPro HERO8 Black

Don’t forget to buy the floating hand grip:

🍍 GoPro Floating Hand Grip


Bug Spray

You won’t need this everywhere, but if you’re visiting the wetter sides of the island, it’s a good idea to have bug spray with you. Just use caution when wearing bug spray and swimming — we want to leave as few chemicals in the water as possible. 

🍍 Natrapel Picaridin Insect Repellent

Better yet, try a mosquito band:

🍍 Mosquito Repellent Bracelet


Water Bottle

It’s hot in Hawaii and you’ll likely be spending a lot of time at the pool, the beach, hiking, or touring around the islands. Bring a reusable water bottle to save money and reduce the amount of plastic you’re leaving in Hawaii. Any water bottle will work, but we love these two:

🍍  YETI Rambler 18 oz Bottle

🍍 YETI Rambler 36 oz Bottle


Travel Car Seat

This isn’t specific to Hawaii, but if you’re traveling with kids that need to be in a car seat, this is our favorite. It’s super lightweight, we bring it with us everywhere, and use it on the plane to keep Henry in his seat. I can’t rave about it enough. 

🍍 Cosco Apt 50 Car Seat



Not everyone will need to bring a towel to Hawaii, but for our snorkel trips and hikes, we always reach for these quick-dry towels that are so small, they’re easy to take anywhere. You will almost always find us with one of these towels nearby. 

🍍  Live Sandy Microfiber Beach Towel

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