3 WEEKS IN HAWAII WITH CARRY-ON LUGGAGE
As the weather was gradually starting to cool down in Australia and I was just starting to get my jackets and jeans out of hibernation, I was lucky enough to get on a plane to tropical Hawaii, where I’ll be living in bikinis and summer dresses again for the month of May.
When packing for this trip, I was adamant that I wanted to travel with only carry-on luggage, as I’ve been trying to pack smarter and lighter each time that I travel. To be honest, I think there were a few non-essential clothing items that I packed with me just because I had the space, so I’ll update this post once my trip is finished and let you know if anything could have been left out of my bag.
When I went to Europe, I based my packing methods on a capsule wardrobe (incorporating a few basic colours and working your pieces into that colour scheme), so my colour palette was quite dark and simple. However, on this trip I knew that it would be a mixture between a casual beach holiday and an active hiking and adventuring trip. I decided to pack a mix of colourful, printed dresses and playsuits; comfortable, practical workout gear; basic shorts and tops; and swimming gear, so I could cover all bases.
Even though this was predominately going to be a warm tropical holiday, with temperatures generally sitting around 30C, a few of the places that I’d be visited were quite elevated (I plan on doing quite a bit of hiking) and I knew I might even be out at night (like the Observatory on the Big Island, for example), so I made sure I packed some warmer tights and a few comfortable long sleeved options too.
Below is a comprehensive packing list of everything I brought with me on this trip, so I hope it helps you when deciding what to pack for your summer holiday!
3 X swimmers (2 x bikinis, 1 x sports bra style bikini)
1 X swimming rash vest (no one likes to be sunburnt!)
1 X spring suit (short wetsuit - I get really cold!)
3 X tights (1 x plain black, 2 x printed workout style)
5 X shorts (1 x dressy, 1 x denim, 3 x comfy workout style)
1 X printed maxi dress
1 X long printed jumpsuit
1 X short printed playsuit
1 X light waterproof jacket
1 X black hoodie
2 X light long sleeve shirts (black and grey)
9 X tops (3 x plain singlets (black, grey, and black and white striped), 2 x workout style tops, 3 x T-shirts, 1 x dressy embellished top)
4 X short beach dresses (2 X colourful printed dresses, 2 X colourful plain dresses)
3 X sports bras
2 X bandeaus
2 X crop top style bra
7 X underwear
1 X light PJ
1 X baseball cap
1 X felt wide brim hat
4 X socks
1 X Teva strappy sandals
1 X Birkenstock Giza sandals (WELL worn in - beware: new Birkenstocks are notorious for killing your feet)
1 X Sketchers black sneakers
1 X Timberland waterproof hiking sneakers
1 X cabin size Pacsafe backpack
1 x 13L small Pacsafe backpack (for under seat)
1 x small handbag (rolled up in backpack)
Eye mask (some were provided on plane, but I brought my own)
Earplugs (some were provided on plane, but I brought my own)
Plastic Ziplock bags (just a couple for putting toiletries in that might leak; and cash, phone, electrical cords etc to keep them dry and separated)
Waterproof backpack cover (or plastic poncho)
Contact lenses + solution
Small sewing kit (safety pins, 1 needle, black thread, small nail scissors)
Combination locks for all the zips on both my bags.
Toiletry bag that you can hang up (great for hostel bathrooms)
Shampoo + conditioner (I like to bring my own in 100ml reusable containers)
Epilator + charger (or razor)
Toothbrush + toothpaste
Tweezers (remember to pack these in your checked bag!)
Body butter / body moisturiser
First aid: Nurofen, band aids, nasal spray, Vital Greens (a powdered multi-vitamin)
Phone + charger
Laptop + charger
Powerboard a powerpoint and USB chargers, with a changeable overseas adaptor.