As a traveler, I love to get tips from people who’ve traveled to an area that I haven’t. Here are 10 tips if you are planning on travelling in Hawaii.
In the event that I ever get the chance to travel to Hawaii again, I want give myself some notes for future reference:
- When you’re agonizing over what to pack in your carry on bag, take only what you feel comfortable wearing at home. (Just go ahead and leave that spaghetti strap number in the store. You’ll hate it. Hawaii doesn’t magically make your chubby upper arms disappear.)
- The daily amenities at the Papakea Resort are worth it. Perhaps I’m a diva, but I really like to have my bed made for me…and all that free yummy smelling soap and shampoo was sure a treat!
- Be sure to take your most favorite camera. I shudder when I think I almost left mine at home. That would have been terrible!!
- Papakea’s blow dryer is a nice ammenity, too, but when you’re already in a really hot, humid environment, a blow dryer that seems to blow heat without air isn’t all that helpful…
- Maui’s fresh pinapples are like no other. Eat as many as you can. They’re worth all the canker sores they’ll give you.
- The sunscreen advice was good. I took samples of La Roche-Posay (60 SPF) and it didn’t bother my super sensitive skin at all.
- The use of said sunscreen will prevent you from showing up back at home with a super awesome tan ~ but not having to deal with sunburn and the accompanying agony is worth it to me!
- When you find the absolute perfect candle that smells like Hawaii, buy it right away. You might not get back to that gift shop again!
- When it’s time to come home and you’re waiting during the layover time in Honolulu, don’t just sit there wondering why all the other passengers are wearing long pants and parkas… Get yourself into the washroom and dig your jeans out of your carry on and put them on! Although you’ve been basking in the tropical heat, the airplane ride home will be the temperature of the Artic. Bundle up!
- The lunch cooler at the unit we were in at the Papakea (E105) was a lifesaver! The coolers there were really expensive, and we used it almost every day.
There! Now, I think I’m all done talking about Hawaii for a while. (Although I won’t stop dreaming about going again!).
I put together a highlight reel of our pictures. The music in the background is by www.dabarefootwarrior.com ~ the man who was playing when we went for our last lunch at the Hula Grill. It’s also the “Somewhere over the Rainbow” song that made me cry…
For the other posts on our Hawaii trip, click the links below:
- The First Glimpse – Flying into Kalihuhli
- Visiting Upcountry Maui
- Exploring Big Beach
- Kaanapali Beach and Eating Hula Pie
- Snorkel Trip to Molokini Crater and Discovering New Beaches
- Day trip to Honolulu and Waikiki Beach
- The Road to Hana