Recommended Big Island Packing List
- Suntan lotion
- Water Bottle/ bladder (Very important to bring a water bottle!)
- Large & small ziplock bags to protect cameras and other technology
- Ear Plugs (Especially if you are sharing a room!!!!)
- Dry Bag for camera gear
- DSLR, SLR
- extra memory cards
- lenses (we recommend a wide angle, mid range, and telephoto)
- After bite
- Anti-bacterial hand lotion
- Dramamine/bonine if you get travel sickness
- Sandals hiking shoes (We recommend covered toe hiking sandals mentioned above)
- Pair of long pants
- Layered clothing
- Warm Winter jacket and/or sweatshirt, warm hat, gloves (For sunset at Mauna Kea)
- Small daypack/backpack
- Toiletries (Shampoo, Conditioner, soap not included)
- First aid kit including:
- Prescription medicines
- Mosquito repellent
- Antibiotic cream
- Ace bandage
- Pain reliever
- Lip balm
Packing for our Big Island Hawaii Group Tour
In addition to our Hawaii packing list above, please pack light!!! We cannot stress this enough. You won’t need much clothing and we DO have a washer and dryer for everyone to use! Most important is to have the proper footwear. A few of the destinations we go to will require short ½ – 1 mile hikes). There will be 1 longer hike ranging between 3-5 miles. We HIGHLY recommend covered toe hiking sandals. A fanny pack &/OR a small backpack is a must along with sunscreen (waterproof), hat, and sunglasses.
A few small and large zip lock bags will be needed to protect any electronics during one of our excursions as we will be crossing a shallow waterway to get to a turtle filled island and lagoon. Since we will have expensive photography equipment we strongly suggest going to REI or your nearest sportswear store to by a small DRY BAG which will guarantee protection if you wish to photograph the incredible bay we’ll be crossing. You will NEED the covered tow hiking sandals above or water shoes to cross the lagoon as the bottom is rocky. This is an amazing place and you will not want to be stuck on the wrong side because you don’t have the proper footwear! You can bring the water shoes or buy them at the store in Hawaii but we suggest investing in a solid pair of Keens or similar shoes.
Hiking boots or shoes may be too heavy and burdensome (personal preference) but if you do not get the sandals mentioned above please bring them. There is no need to bring snorkel gear with you on the plane unless you are really fond of your own. Masks and snorkels are included.
If you have your own fins please bring them as they are not included. They will be available to rent for $7-10.00 for the whole week.
On some outings we will be gone all day, so we recommend that all who wish to swim or refresh in paradise; please bring swimwear with or wear it under your day clothes. This saves a lot of time & hassle. Please bring a warm jacket and/or pullover as it can get cool on some evenings. When we are at high altitudes (Mauna Kea Volcano) gloves & even a winter hat are recommended for those who want to get out and take pictures at the top! You WILL want to pack 1 days worth of WINTER clothes top to bottom when we go up to the top of Mauna Kea. There is tons of snow up there right now!
On the first day we will be doing a large grocery run for everyone to stock up on food & snacks for those who want their own items in addition to the all inclusive food and beverages throughout the trip.
Please remember that Hawaii (Big Island) is larger than all the other seven islands put together twice. This island has eleven climates. There are 5 areas & volcanoes and we will be going on adventures to many of them!