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Oahu Packing List:
Outdoor Adventure

Need to have

Downloaded Google Maps 

Wi-fi isn't great everywhere so it's good to have those maps handy...even when an internet connection is not. 

Bug Spray

One with either Deet or a high amount of Picaridin. If you’re not checking any bags, make sure you opt for something that’s 3.4 oz or smaller. 

Mini First Aid Kit

Ideally one that comes in a waterproof case.


Good Sneakers, Hiking Shoes, or Water Shoes With Traction

For most hikes in Oahu,  you’ll want to swap your flip flops for something with more traction, especially for uneven ground and mud. For kayaking or trips to The Mokes, a pair of water shoes or sandals with traction will come in handy. Teva makes some good ones.


Garbage Bags

For wet clothes or muddy shoes after hikes or a trip to the beach.


Lightweight Sweatshirt or Jacket

For early mornings and some hikes.

Nice to have

Waterproof Phone Pouches

come in handy at the beach, on kayak trips, or if you’re worried about rain on a hike. They also keep sand out of your phone. Look for ones with a lanyard so you have the option to wear it around your neck. This one lets you still use the touchscreen on your phone, even while it’s in the case.

Waterproof Backpack

Keep things dry with the occasional rain or trekking past waterfalls.

Fast Drying Microfiber Towel

compact enough to not take up much room in your backpack. 


For underwater videos scenic hikes and all around waterproof, rugged friendly photo situations. Don’t forget a Memory Card. There are also GoPro mounts for surfboards, SUPs, kayaks, etc. 

Waterproof Dry Bag 

One that’s airtight is key if you’re kayaking or going on outings where there’s a good chance that you’re going to get your phone, wallet, or camera wet. This one can hold all your essentials and can be slung over your shoulder, but this one  is better if you need extra space for camera equipment, etc.

Selfie Stick, Remote, and / or Phone Tripod 

Yes, selfie sticks feel super touristy. But if you’re on an epic hike, looking like a tourist is a small price to pay to capture the moment. If you’re selfie stick averse, a compact phone tripod will get the job done. Just make sure that whatever you get is compatible with your phone.

Power Bank 

Charge your phone when you’re away from your room for the day and taking tons of photos and videos.

Snorkel Gear

If you think you'll go snorkeling more than once or twice, it might be worth spending 20 bucks on your own set rather than renting. 

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