How to pack for Maui

November 30, 2016

pack-for-MauiThis is the piece I was supposed to post the day i went to Maui, but I didn’t get to go. That story is HERE.  Now on to the riveting topic of packing for Maui. Or any island vacation.

A fashion blogger I know posted a photo of herself camping last week. A photo in which she looked completely put-together and was wearing earrings.

Earrings! To go camping! I marveled. I know, it’s her business, but still. I was impressed. They were dangly earrings, too.

At the time, I was preparing to pack for Maui and my view was a little more minimalist.

We love Maui. We’ll be visiting friends there today for five days. On our agenda is…absolutely nothing.

That’s right. When we go to Maui with our friends, we all like to do nothing. At all.

Well, that’s not exactly true. We have an agenda, but it’s a relaxation agenda.

M and I walk the beach each morning.  We read. We dip into the pool and the hot tub. We are on our computers.  We cook.

One day we eat a meal together at our favorite restaurant, Mama’s Fish House. One afternoon we girls go out to lunch and spend the afternoon at the Grand Wailea spa tubbing and having massages.

There’s not much on our agenda and so we carry our bags on. Both our “agenda” and our small bags require a minimalist view of packing.

So here’s how to pack for Maui.

3 pairs loose cotton capris and/or shorts
5 t-shirts or other casual tops
3 bathing suits & a coverup
sunscreen and insect repellent
tennis shoes for walking
reading material
summer PJs

That’s pretty much it and I am not kidding. I don’t wear or bring any jewelry, and that includes rings.

In Maui we’re always on island time, in island mindset and wearing island-casual clothes.

How to pack for Maui?  Light. Pack light.



44 comments on “How to pack for Maui
  1. sounds gorgeous – and I love a holiday that involves doing a lot of nothing!

  2. Tyler says:

    I’m planning on going to Maui next fall so this is definitely going to help, I’m bookmarking this page. Thanks so much!

  3. Cori says:

    Same goes for any tropical vacation. That wardrobe would do you well in Florida as well.

  4. Meeta says:

    LOL! I think my suitcase for Maui would be like yours – not much in it just a few more bikinis!

  5. candy says:

    Going to Maui would be lovely since it is turning cold here. Don’t think I would need to pack nearly as much as I do for the winter months.

  6. Mary says:

    I definately pack more like you than a Fashion Blogger. Comfort and ease are essential for any trip of mine. Sorry you weren’t able to make it to Maui, hopefully you are feeling much, much better.

  7. Love it!!! I am a total minimalist hence our full time RV living lol…. but love your easy list and the whole mindset while in Maui 😀 Maui is on my bucket list cant wait to travel there!!!

  8. Shirley says:

    Maui is my favorite place. You have shared very nice list and the things which are must while travelling to Maui. Thanks for sharing:)

  9. Love Maui. Went there last summer with my parents and stayed at the Ritz. Loved it.

  10. Mary Barham says:

    Oh my goodness….I want to travel so bad! Great list! Got to look good while traveling!

  11. Since my parents left Oahu I don’t get back there as often as I would like to. Don’t think I’ve ever packed more than a carryon!

    Perfect agenda. Hang loose, mongoose.

  12. I LOVE packing light. It’s never a fun way to start off your vacation lugging around really heavy suitcases and then not using 1/2 of what you brought. Great tips!

    I haven’t been to Hawaii yet but it’s on my wish list and I am really looking forward to it. I may just have to use your packing list when I do. 🙂

  13. Oh my do I ever need to spend some time on island time. This is a great list! I never check a bag if I can help I, I have a sign on my back that says lose my luggage, it happens every time!

  14. Wow! I like your style — bringing little and doing nothing! Sounds perfect to me. I’ve never been to Maui but when I do go (and I certainly hope to), I’ll follow your lead. Go light, be lazy. Love it!

  15. Alexa says:

    Love it!I have also heard great things about Mama’s Fish house!

  16. Kimberly c. says:

    We have a Hawaii trip coming up so this post will come in handy.

  17. Amber Myers says:

    Thank you! I hope to get to Maui some day.

  18. Elizabeth O. says:

    Accessories are the least of my priorities when it comes to traveling unless we’re talking about a wristwatch which I simply feel naked without. I love packing light, simplicity is key, without a doubt!

  19. I don’t travel much anymore, but when I did, I was a notorious over packer… Without fail, I never got to the bottom of the suitcase(s). All of the “just in case” stuff never got used. We could all learn a good lesson from you minimalist approach. Kudos to you.

  20. GiGi Eats says:

    I just came back from Hawaii a week ago. I brought shorts and capris and that’s pretty much it. I think I packed pretty well… Then again, I was there for my honeymoon so perhaps I “overpacked”?? HAHAHAHAH!

  21. Lois Hoffman says:

    You are my packing hero!

  22. 3 bathing suits! You are going to be rocking it by the pool.I only own 2 🙂

  23. Ourfamilyworld says:

    Thanks for the tips. How I wish I can visit maui someday with my friends wearing bikinis.

  24. Sonya kolodziejska says:

    I pretty much always wear my earrings and my ring. I do like a little accessories, they help me feel whole.

  25. Sounds smart to me! The less you pack, the less you have to carry around too! 🙂

  26. Jenni Petrey says:

    Love your packing tips. I have two kids, so packing when travelling is crazy!

  27. Ourfamilyworld says:

    Your tips will help those who likes to go to Maui.. Less hassle for everybody.

  28. Ellie says:

    Packing light was never my forte! lol! Oh Maui looks beautiful! I keep wanting to visit. The sunsets look incredible.

  29. Comfort is key when traveling to Maui… especially if you’ll be by the beach. I love that you and M decided to take walks by the water. It’s so relaxing. Truly something to be thankful for 🙂

  30. ohmummymia says:

    wow I would love to have opportunity to pack for that amazing place

  31. Amanda says:

    Great list! Hopefully we will be able to use it in a few years!

  32. Ronnie says:

    Maui is THE perfect place to do nothing… I would go with a limited bag as well and just try to enjoy my time away from routine.


    Omg great packing tips!!! I have been to Maui before and had the best time!

  34. Jill Conyers says:

    We love Maui! I was hoping to spend the holidays there this year. Next year 🙂

  35. Ashlea says:

    Great packing tips. I never been to Maui but definitely would like to go.

  36. victoria says:

    What a nice place to visit, I want to go there soon.

  37. Bill S says:

    Hawaii is such an amazing place to visit and to see!! Great packing tips, I am hoping to make it back to Hawaii again soon!!

  38. I always pack heavy when travelling. This is a nice tips to pack light. I didn’t plan on going to maui yet but just added it to my travel list

  39. Rosey says:

    Oh I’d love the chance to put these tips to good use. A trip to Maui is def. in order for us.

  40. MJ says:

    Would trade this sweater weather for sundresses, bikinis and flip flops in Maui right now :).
    XO, MJ

  41. TColeman says:

    I have always wanted to visit here! These are such great tips for what to pack if I ever get the chance.

  42. Krystle Cook says:

    I wish one day I could travel to Maui! It looks absolutely gorgeous from what I have seen.

  43. Wow! I would pack anything that would get me to Maui. That would be a fun trip. I’m with you on the cotton pants.I’d add a camera. 😉

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