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Discover Hawaii Tours offers a number of different packages that include hiking and trips to a number of amazing beaches. However, to enjoy these trips to their fullest, make sure you pack the right kind of gear. While there are plenty of amenities on our tours, you’ll want to bring some things along that may not be purchasable along the way. Whether you're headed to Sunset Beach in Oahu or hiking up the Koko Head Crater, we want to make sure you have everything you'll need for hiking or that perfect day at the beach.
Packing for the Beach
If you want to spend time on one of our famous beaches like Waikiki or Waimea Bay, don't forget to pack a beach towel so that you'll have a comfortable place to sit on the sand. It's also important that you pack protection from the sun in order to save yourself from painful sunburns. Pack waterproof sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats for yourself and your family. Don't forget to pack some beach toys for the kids, such as plastic buckets and shovels for building sandcastles, balls, water toys, and boogie boards. If you're planning on visiting Kuhio Beach Park or Kailua Beach Park, don't forget entertainment for yourself to enjoy while the kids play in the surf, such as books, magazines, and iPods. And if you do take an iPod or tablet for reading, make sure it's in a protective case so that it doesn't get wet or full of sand.
One of the most challenging things about packing for these trips is to make sure that everything fits in your bag. When you pack your beach bag, you should place your towel at the bottom. Put your books and magazines on top of it and then your kids' beach toys. Make room for sunscreen, your digital camera, or video camera. Make sure you put the lotion in a zippered plastic bag in case it leaks. Top off the bag with your bathing suit, a change of comfortable shorts, and a clean shirt. Once you have everything you need, make a list of what you have packed so you can check it off later when you're leaving the beach. This way, nothing gets left behind.
Take a Hike: Packing a Backpack
Hiking in Hawaii can be a challenge, especially if you're not experienced. If you're taking one of our hiking tours, keep in mind that you have to be comfortable in what you wear and what you are carrying. Remember, the fewer things you have to carry, the lighter your pack will be. Buy a pack with lots of small pockets so you can keep it organized and have the important items, such as bug repellent, within easy reach.
If you have to carry heavier items, carry them higher in your pack or close to your back to help maintain a center of gravity. Avoid skewing weight to one side. Plan to keep essential items like a first aid kit, flashlight, and trail snacks in the upper compartments or outside pockets for easy access during breaks, as you're sure to need them while you're on the trail. If you are planning to keep extra clothing in a plastic bag ensure dryness, squeeze the air out of the bag to preserve space. Your pack should be waterproof so that all the contents in your bag stay safe and dry. This is especially important if you're carrying a digital camera. You're guaranteed to have the experience of a lifetime on Hawaii's beaches and nature hikes, but don't forget to pack accordingly so that you'll have everything you need in order to stay comfortable and safe.