Packing List for Maui Packing Lists for Maui and Things to Bring to Hawaii Mon, 19 Jul 2021 03:57:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 FireKable Review! The Claims of this Paracord Bracelet Put to the Test! Tue, 08 Oct 2019 01:40:25 +0000

The FireKable review: Is this the best paracord bracelet out there?

Paracord bracelets are great things to have in a pinch. You don't just have to wear them too, they clip on to packs, and you can forget them until you need them.


I had heard that this company had come out with a new product. This company is confident that its FireKable paracord bracelet is the best one out there. After looking into it, I stumbled upon a page where they were giving them out for free, as long as you pay for shipping. With what I had heard from other people about this bracelet, I was surprised that they were giving out promotional FireKable Bracelets for free. When I messaged the company, they said it was a limited time only and that they want to offer value and get the word out. So I ordered one and wanted to write my review of this FireKable bracelet.

Want the FireKable paracord bracelet for free? Get it Here!

First of all, what's paracord?

Paracord usually has 7 strands that make up the strength of the cord. The FireKable Bracelet seems stronger than other paracord bracelets I've used.

If you don't know what paracord is, it started as the cable that paratroopers used for the parachutes. It was strong enough to hold their weight when they were jumping out of planes.

After they had landed in enemy territory, that would have to fend for themselves. They had to make use of everything they could to stay safe and survive.

After people found out that the military was using this small cordage for so many things, it became a popular survival tool.

Paracord is typically rated up to 650 lbs of tensional strength. It's strong stuff, and I've never had it break on me.

Wikipedia has its page about this awesome cord.

You can never have too many paracord bracelets

It's better to have something and not need it than to need it and not have it. I remember one time I was on a hiking trip, and I was walking around the camp when my sandal broke. It was early in the trip, and so I would either have to deal with a broken sandal for the rest of the time, or I would have to figure out a way to get it back up and running. I wasn't wearing the bracelet, but I had clipped it on to my pack.

I unwound a section of it, and MacGuyver'd up a new strap with the paracord, and it still works great to this day.

Paracord is tough stuff, and you'll never know when you need it.

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Survival swag, what does this have that others don't?

This is just about the perfect set up for a paracord bracelet. It has a whistle, flint, and extra paracord woven into the bracelet, so you have enough in a pinch.

FireKable's Whistle: How Good is it?

You might not think you need a whistle now, but if you've ever been in a bind where you either got lost in the woods or trapped out at sea, the whistle is a godsend.

I tested this when I was out in the rainforest on the road to Hana on Maui. I was out hiking through a bamboo forest and there wasn't anyone around. I hadn't tested out the FireKable's whistle to its full potential yet and wanted to see what it could do.

I blew it as hard as I could and, man, was it loud.

Thinking it was nothing, I continued on my hike and made it back about two miles to the road, where I found a fire truck that had been contacted because someone had reported hearing a loud whistle from the road.

Maui's Amanda Eller and Getting Lost

There was an instance on Maui not too long ago of a girl who went out for a hike in the woods and ended up getting lost for almost 3 weeks. Amanda Eller went out to stretch her legs and found herself getting lost out there after getting too deep into the forest and ended up hurting her leg. After teams of people looking for her and a few weeks going by, she was finally found alive.

It was supposed to be a normal run and she almost died. If she had had some kind of whistle on her, maybe it wouldn't have taken almost a month to find her and she might have been spared the three weeks of fear and pain of being lost and not knowing if she would make it out alive.

The Waterproof Firestarter: FireKable's Flint


The FireKable's flint and ability to create a spark, even when wet, will make sure you're prepared in any scenario.

The flint is ferrous, so it'll work even when the paracord is wet. It works by striking kindling like leaves and twigs to get a fire started, but it doesn't matter if the paracord itself is wet because it'll produce a spark either way.

What if it's not for me?

They also have 60-day, no questions asked guarantee. I've never heard of a guarantee on something that's free before, but they must be pretty dang sure you'll be happy with this if they're offering a guarantee on something free.

Bonus, they also include a free survival PDF.


I would include this bracelet in my go-pack and always put it on my checklists of what-to-have when going anywhere.

It's small and low profile. You don't have to wear it as a bracelet, but that's an easy way to carry it around. I often clip it on to a backpack.

Should You Order This?

I did.

I ordered a couple.

There's really nothing to lose here. They have a 60-day, 100% money-back guarantee on their paracord bracelet. If you're not happy, just message them.

They guarantee this free bracelet for 60-days, so there's really nothing to lose.


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Whether you're camping in the wilderness or just out and about, a paracord bracelet can always come in handy, and it's better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.









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What to Bring for Haleakala Sunrise? + FREE Haleakala Sunrise Checklist Tue, 10 Sep 2019 07:28:32 +0000


What to Bring for Haleakala Sunrise? + FREE Haleakala Sunrise Checklist

Watching the sunrise from the summit of Mt. Haleakala can be one of the most humbling and beautiful things you'll ever experience. There are a handful of things that will help make that experience the best that you possibly can. My Haleakala sunrise checklist will help take any of the unknowns out of the equation so that you can just focus on enjoying your sunrise on top of the world.


People are always surprised when they hear that it's cold on Mt. Haleakala. Many think, that “Hawaii Cold” is not actually cold. Then, when they go up Maui's resident volcano for sunrise, they realized that Hawaii-Cold actually is cold.

It snows on Haleakala sometimes. The earlier you're up there, the colder it is too. It's like a desert. At night, when there's no sun, it can drop to below freezing. While during the day, it warms up a little up there, it's never actually warm.

Recommendation #1: Bring a coat or jacket

You will want layers and/or a jacket.

I like Columbia. My Columbia gear has always lasted a long time, it's plenty warm and it doesn't cost a ridiculous amount like some brand names you'll see out there.

As long as your clothes keep you warm, you should be set but if I were you, I wouldn't underestimate this statement:

It gets cold on Haleakala.

I like this jacket.



The description for the next few things on this list will be redundant, as I think I've gone over enough that it gets cold up there.

I usually recommend that you take a blanket up there too. If you don't have one, you can grab the comforter from hotel or condo you're staying at.

You could always hang out in the car with the heat on, but if you do that, you won't get the greatest spot to watch the sunrise.

Even with the reservation system, it is still busy up there.

If I were you, I would get up there a little earlier than I would need to so that I could get a good spot to watch sunrise.

If you do that though, you'll be sitting out in the cold, so it's a good idea to have a blanket.

This is an awesome travel blanket. It's lightweight and it's a great one in general for traveling and packing light.

I'd bring something a little heavier for Haleakala, but this is an easy one to keep in your bag and I take mine just about everywhere I go.

You never know when you'll need a little bit of warmth.

Thermos (Yeti Bottle)

Another must for my checklist, you'll need something to put your water in to stay cold or your coffee in to stay hot. I recommend bringing both water and coffee.

Your trip that morning will likely be from 2am ish to 8am ish, when you'll probably get back down to Kula and you can either have breakfast at a restaurant or stop at store and get water and snacks.

Most people now have a water bottle, whether it's a Hydroflask, a Yeti or the generic one from Costco.

Whatever you have, bring it up for sunrise.

Some of the best sunrises are when there ARE clouds over Haleakala. Don't let the clouds stop you but make sure you still have your Haleakala list.


Whether you're a coffee drinker or a tea drinker, waking up at 2am is probably not your normal wake-up time.

There are a handful of portable options for making coffee on the go and there are also options to keep your coffee warm if you get it or make it ahead of time.

You'll have to get your coffee ahead of time, but these mugs will plug into your car's power outlets and give you warm coffee on the summit, where there is no coffee shop.

You'll love that you have these if you're a coffee drinker at all.

Hot Chocolate

If you don't like coffee.


GoPro! I would recommend this for Haleakala and the rest of your time on Maui!

The newest one as of writing this post is waterproof without the separate casing, as long as you stay about a certain depth (which most people will). Not that you'll be swimming on Haleakala.

The quality of the photos and movies are the gold standard for action cameras that are available right now and while $300+ isn't the cheapest of options, there are plenty of occasions in life that you'll use this camera.

Super easy to throw in your bag and go, a GoPro is a must for your time on Maui!

Sleeping Bag

You're probably not planning on camping up there and getting up to the top for the sunrise, but if you are, this is a great sleeping bag.

I wouldn't use this one outside a tent if I were you, but it's warm enough for any other weather that Maui will throw at you.

It can be packed into bag that's a little bigger than the size of a soda can, but it keep you warm in all situations except wintery ones.

I'm including this on the packing list if you get up there early and want something other than a blanket to keep you warm.

It's my go-to travel sleeping bag.

I love it.


I also bring a hat up when I go up to the summit of Haleakala.


Planning on getting the best seat for the sunrise? Go up a little early and set up camp at a good spot.

If you sit on the ground, you'll be cold.

These portable travel chairs are awesome for the beach and they work equally as well for the sunrise at the summit of Mt. Haleakala. You can just throw them in the trunk and have them with you as you travel and explore the island.

You can have them set up in less than a minute. Throw a blanket or your sleeping bag down on top of them for insulation and you'll have a front-row seat to the sun rising on top of the world.

One of the Most Important for Haleakala! Portable Charger / Hand Warmer

I always recommend that you have some kind of portable battery charger.

Everything nowadays needs a charge. If you don't have your phone, you're disconnected from the world and lost.

There are portable battery chargers that have built-in solar panels that allow you to charge your phone, even without a power outlet like this one or this one

For my Haleakala list though, I would recommend this one. Not only can it charge your devices (like you're phone and your camera, which you will definitely want), it is also a hand warmer.

Even if your hands don't tend to get cold like mine do, you'll love that this can give you a little warmth in cool air up on the summit of Mt. Haleakala.




Dried Mango, Granola, Protein bars, whatever.

If you like breakfast or think you'll get hungry anytime between 2am when you leave for the sunrise to 7am – 8am when you get down from the summit, back to where there's civilization, bring snacks.


I know my hands get cold up there. I always bring a pair of gloves, or at least have hand warmers in my pockets.

Where do I get hand warmers on Maui, you ask?




Shoes for hiking and shoes for warmth.

You get into the habit of wearing sandals while on Maui.

If you wear sandals on Mt. Haleakala's summit, your toes will freeze. Bring shoes and socks, or buy a pair at Target.

If you brought hiking or running shoes, those should be enough. But don't forget your shoes.


Make sure you bring socks!

These will be your favorite socks if you buy them. Not only are they great quality and they're warm when they need to be warm and are cool when they need to be cool, if you get a hole in them, you can send them into the company and they'll send you a new pair!

Darn Tough's are the epitome of quality socks. You won't regret it.


Walkie Talkies

I've included this on my list for Haleakala as kind of a joke, but kind of not.

I went to Haleakala summit for sunset one time with some friends from Austria. Their phones didn't have service without wifi, so they didn't have service on Haleakala. It never occurred to me that this could be a problem.

Then we got separated.

It was my car and I had the keys, but I couldn't find my friends. Of course I called them, knowing this wouldn't work, but our frantic brains never make logical decisions.

It gets cold enough to snow up on the summit. People always expect Maui to be warm but it's not uncommon for it to dip below the thirties, especially at night. My friends halfway expected this too, so they weren't very prepared for the cold.

It occurred to me that if I couldn't find my friends, they might be stranded up there at night (meaning they might be stuck up there, in the dark, in sub-freezing temperatures).

I completely missed the sunset that night because I was frantically looking for my two Austrian friends, bouncing back and forth between the upper viewing parking lot and the lower one.

Right as it was getting dark, I finally saw one of their bright pink shoes they had been wearing their entire trip. They were watching the sunset, none-the-wiser.

Moral of the story, make sure you have a way to contact whoever you're up there with. It's best just to hang out near each other. Phones don't always get reception up there. And if you're watching the sunrise (or sunset) with someone from out of the country, make SURE you don't split up.


Somewhere to put your keys

You don't want to get locked out of your car on the summit.

The prevailing theme of this post is that it gets cold up on top of Haleakala. If you're going up for sunrise, it'll get warmer the longer you're up there (that's not to say that it's going to be warm).

There's no way a tow truck or AAA will make it up there in a timely manner if you' lock your keys in your car.

My advice?

Leave your doors unlocked or have a window lockbox for your car keys. It'll come in handy as you're hiking around too, or just playing at the beach. That way, you won't have to worry about losing your keys in the water or getting sand stuck between the buttons.

Well, you won't have to worry as much.


Sunrise Reservation

The Haleakala Reservation website where you get the permit to go up between 3am and 7am.

As of a few years ago, you need a reservation to get into Haleakala National Park between 3am – 7am.

You can head to the Haleakala National Park website or here to get a pass.

They book up really far ahead of time, so you need help getting a reservation, these guys might be able to help you get one.

Don't Bring These to Haleakala:



Now even though I say, don't bring a drone up Haleakala, I'm not saying:
“Don't bring a Drone to Maui”

Drones are awesome little toys that let you see the island in a way you probably wouldn't be able to see otherwise.

On top that, if you're a photographer, you can get some awesome nature shots




Downloadable Haleakala Summit Checklist

My Haleakala Sunrise Checklist


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What to Bring to the Beach Maui Edition 2019 Tue, 02 Jul 2019 06:47:04 +0000  


What to Bring to the Beach Maui Edition: Get your FREE Checklist at the bottom!

Probably one of the reasons you're going to Maui is for the beautiful, tropical beaches. Picnic at the beach, swinging from a hammock between palm trees while breathing in the fresh ocean breeze. But there can be a lot to bring and it's easy to forget something. Wondering what to bring to the beach?

In no particular order, I've put together my beach vacation checklist:


You'll either want a small floaty or a big one, but get something you can relax on, out on the water. If you're traveling, your best bet is a floaty that you can pack in your bag. They sell floaties in a lot of the little knick-knack stores though. So unless you have one you really want to use, wait until you get to the island to buy an inflatable floaty.

That being said, this inflatable SUP is pretty rad.

Amazon Prime also works in Hawaii, but it doesn't get there in two days (sucks, right?).

You can either go for the traditional float that you can relax on. Think lounge chair on the water.

Or you could get a surfboard. Or a boogie board. Or a kayak. Or dry bag? Inflatable kayak?

Inflatable standup paddleboard? The sky's the limit!

Solar Battery

If you've read any of my other posts, you know I like this portable battery. It has

  • plenty of power to keep your devices powered all day (and then some),
  • it's water resistant (I don't trust that any electronic is completely waterproof by itself, but I don't have any reason to doubt this one),
  • it can be powered by the sun (the solar power is great in a pinch)
  • and it has a built-in flashlight too

Phones, eReaders, iPods and music players (that's one of my go-to's) and even cars (some portable batteries can jump a dead car battery) are all a part of daily life.

Could we survive without them?

Yes, but why would we want to?

Besides, you never know when you'll need that extra emergency power.

This is my favorite. You can check my more in-depth review here.

Waterproof Phone Cases

Now are the days that we carry around thousands of dollars around in our pockets.


No. Well, at least not me. Maybe on Maui, I suppose.

Phones have all but replaced computers now. Anything you can do at your laptop at home, you can pretty much do on your laptop now.

Being exposed to the elements of daily life, you need to protect that small bar of gold in your pocket or purse.

Lifeproof cases are the best, but they are more for the more serious outdoorsman or -woman.

They're waterproof, dustproof, shockproof and generally lifeproof.

You don't want to be constantly taking it on and off of your phone though, as many people I've talked to say that's the one thing that weakens the case, making it so it doesn't work as well.

If you don't want to go dig in and commit to that slightly bigger and less pretty version of your phone, you can always get a sealable waterproof case. They don't tend to be as reliable but if you're only planning to use a handful of times, it'll probably do the trick.

When you're done with it, you can use it for less important things like electronic car rental keys (car rental places kind of expect them to get wet), ID's and money. They come with a lanyard so you can hang on to them while you're in the water.

Another good thing about waterproof cases is that they tend to be sand proof as well.

Sand always finds its way into everything and it could start to cause problems if you got sand in any of your phone's ports, especially considering how expensive phones are becoming.

While some phones claim to be waterproof and dustproof, it's never a bad thing to be sure. After all, a $10 – $20 could save you  $1200 in the long run, not to mention the headache of retrieving all of your photos and contacts from the cloud, if you even can.

Dry Bags

Just like waterproof phone cases, one of the nice things about dry bags are that they keep a lot of things at bay, not just water.

While everyone loves the beach, it can be a big hassle cleaning sand off of everything. It's hard enough getting it off of yourself and trust me, you'll find it everywhere.

One of the best things for the question: what to bring to the beach?

Dry bags.

Dry bags do a great job at keeping not only water away from your stuff, but sand, dirt, and dust as well.

One piece of advice when using your dry bag though, while you may think of it as your backpack, don't put water bottles in it.

It's not a good day when you go the extra mile to get a dry bag to keep everything dry and you open up your pack, only to have everything be wet after your water bottle opened up in there.

I know it may seem like a good idea at the time, but it's never really a good idea to put a water bottle in your dry bag.

Water Shoes

Water shoes can come in handy in many places but especially in Maui. The water shoes I like not the classic ones from the 1990s.

These shoes actually look and act like regular shoes. They are lightweight, breathable, are great for hiking, drain easily and can be worn in casual, everyday life without anyone being the wiser that they are water shoes.

This is one of those Amazon purchases that you would initially be hesitant about because of the generic and cheap look of them but they are also the ones that you will be pleasantly surprised with.

These shoes are an awesome overall buy and you'll probably find yourself buying a pair as gifts for your friends and family, maybe even an extra backup pair for yourself.


I'm a huge fan of Oofos.

It feels like you're walking on a cloud.

No one is ever impressed until they step into a pair and you can see all of the pain just melt away in their face, even if they aren't in pain!

They might not seem like they would hold up very well at first either, but I have put mine through the wringer and both sandals are still in one piece.

Maybe not great for style, but soo good for comfort.

They are also meant to be (or at least used as) recovery shoes for runners, so there's that.

Sometimes they go on sale, but they're worth every penny even when they aren't on sale.

I say go for it.


One of the key beach essentials is your swimsuit!

For guys, hybrid shorts are the way to go.

They're made of the same material many board shorts are made from, but they can function as casual shorts too.

Many of them have pockets and some even have a zipper pocket so you're not stuck walking around with your phone or wallet banging against your knee.

Although if your wallet is big and heavy enough that it hurts you to have it banging your knee, life is pretty good for you.

First world problems.

You can get them at the local Costco, here on Maui, or you can find them online.

I have pairs from Costco and bought different ones from Amazon and they both work great!

Here are the ones I got from Amazon.

Snorkel Mask

Chances are that you're going to want to get in the water when you're at the beach.

Turtles are everywhere off the shoreline on Maui and you will likely see one pop its head up while you're hanging out on the strand.

But whatever you do, don't grab a full face mask.

They seem like a cool idea but people have died on Maui using them. I have a friend that works on a snorkel charter boat who told me that one of the first things the US Coast Guard asks after responding to a snorkeler in distress (drowning) is if they were wearing a full face mask.

Check out this article, or don't, and just trust me.

Some snorkel masks are better than others and I like this one. The strap on this one is the most comfortable strap you'll find and it won't get tangled in your hair, if you have long hair. Even if you don't, it's super comfortable.

Snorkel Fins

You'll see amazing photos on Instagram of freedivers in the water, swimming with all sorts of marine life and wearing the long freediving fins.

Freediving fins are great, but they have their place.

One place they're not great for is the plane. They aren't great travel fins.

If you're planning on a leisurely snorkel trip, stick with the shorter fins.

Longer fins give you more power, especially for depth, but shorter fins are easier to travel, still help a lot with power over no fins and also don't cost nearly as much as the long ones.

Chances are if you get the long freediving fins just for a vacation, you'll never wear them again, you'll pay extra to have them in their own separate bag on the plane and you'll be out $300 to $400.

These smaller travel fins work great and pack easily. They give you enough power that you noticeably have more control in the water and they're not as hard to maneuver when in the water.

Longer fins are better for depth and freediving but if you're not planning on diving deeper than twenty feet, short fins are the best bet.

The Wildhorn fins are also awesome. They are hybrid shoe/fins. Their blades are short enough that you can walk around when wearing these bad boys but as soon as you get in the water you have your fins and you're ready to go.

Your feet will be protected from the sharp lava rock (it's everywhere) and you'll have built-in fins.

Think Aquaman. Or Aquawoman.

Waterproof Music

I love music.

I'm an audiophile, through and through.

I usually have a separate device like the old-school iPod everywhere I go so I can have my music with me.

When I found these headphones, it was a game-changer.

There are headphones now that are waterproof and their own built-in storage so you don't have to have your phone (or iPod) with you. That way, if you go for a swim, you don't have to be without your music.

That's how much I like my music.

These Pyle Headphones on Amazon are amazing. waterproof, they have 8gb built-in and when you don't need to use the storage and you have your phone nearby, you can switch it to Bluetooth mode so you can listen to Pandora or Spotify or whatever music you keep on your phone.

Waterproof Camera


GoPro has redefined the world of action cameras.

They're waterproof, dustproof, weatherproof, childproof (unless you're Dennis the Menace, and maybe even then).

They have been refined to one of the highest quality and easy to use cameras around to document your memories.

The GoPro Hero 7 has been engineered so that it doesn't need a waterproof case if you're in the water up to 30-feet and it has an internal stabilization system to get rid of video shakiness.

It also only has two buttons to keep things simple. Video or photo. Nice and easy.

GoPro. It's the way to go.


DJI Mavic 2

Waterproof Flashlight / Headlamp

Rechargeable, Waterproof, Low Profile

First Aid Kit

Always a good thing to have. Travel

Water Drone

Indiegogo has come out with a water drone. It's not the greatest for the light traveler as it comes with its own suitcase but it's pretty awesome to have control of your own little submarine.


Water Toys

fun things to bring to the beach

Dive toys




You could sun dry but it's generally a good idea to bring a towel. It'll give you something to lay on and you can obviously use it to dry off.

Sun Shade


You might be on Maui to catch some rays but the sun and sunburn creep up on you pretty quickly.


Sometimes umbrellas are too big and bulky and aren't practical.

Sunshade canopies are nice because they can fold up into a compact and compressible package and you don't feel like you're carrying around a bat as you might with an umbrella.


One thing that's a must is sunscreen.

Boogie Boards

Boogie boards are a great all-around beach item. Float, surf, seat. Many uses in one simple product.


Waterproof eReader

As useful as Netflix is, sometimes it's nice to get away. Books still trump movies and shows in my mind. Your imagination is much more powerful than anything that can be portrayed on the big (and little) screen.

Amazon has really stepped it up with the Kindle Paperwhite. It now can hold twice what it was once able to, you can read it perfectly in the sunlight and during the night time too, and it's also waterproof.

The waterproof feature is key for the beach, which is why it is the top eReader in my mind.


Easy to forget but snacks are key.

Wondering what food to bring to the beach?

Insulated Water Bottle

Yeti's the best. Hydroflask is good too.

Insulated Cooler

Yeti Collapsible Cooler

This Yeti Cooler is a pay-for-what-you-get product.

It might be expensive but it will keep your food and drinks cold for days. It's also much easier to take places than its sister cooler.

Yeti coolers are things of legends with stories saying that there was still ice in the cooler after two weeks of camping.

Whether or not your ice will last two weeks, you can rest assured that it will last you your day at the beach.

This Yeti cooler is a great buy that I never regretted, nor will I regret.

If you have the money to spend on it, it's totally worth it.

Hydroflask Backpack

Another great option is the Hydroflask Backpack. It's easier to carry around (not that the Yeti cooler is difficult to carry) and it also keeps your drinks cold.

It doesn't fit as much in it but it's an awesome addition to your armada if you spend a lot of time in the sun and the outdoors.

Sand-Proof Mat

Going to the beach? You're going to need a mat to sit on!

This is a great addition to your beach packing list.

Waterproof, made of rip-stop material, large enough for a family and it's worth it alone for the amount of sand it keeps you from cleaner up later.

One thing about the sand on an island is that it gets everywhere.

You can stay completely away from the beach during your time on Maui and you would still find sand in your suitcase (theoretically. I'd be surprised if anyone in the history of Maui did that).

Having a beach mat to separate you from the sand will save you lots of cleaning time and sweeping at the condo.

This is a great one that you can get on Amazon.


That's a Wrap

day at the beach checklist

what to bring to the beach




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The #1 Ultimate Packing List for Maui in 2021 Mon, 24 Jun 2019 01:06:05 +0000



The Best Packing List for Maui in 2021!

I've seen people and go to Maui having regretted that they brought so much stuff that they didn't use or wishing that they had brought something that they either can't get on the island or isn't affordable buying on Maui. I've put together my ultimate packing list for Maui hoping it would help you. You don't have to worry that you're not bringing something or forgetting to bring something that you should.

Here is my Hawaii packing list of things I would bring if I were coming to Maui!

Scroll down to the bottom to skip the reviews and see the stuff!


Action Cameras

GoPro Hero 7

GoPro definitely takes the top spot of my Maui packing list when it comes to the action cameras and it's the number one thing on this list.

You want to be able to keep track of the memories while you're on Maui, in case you want to relive them.

You need a camera that can handle what you throw at it. The GoPro Hero 7 is a waterproof, durable and an overall hardy camera. You can throw it in your bag, it doesn't take up much space and you don't really have to worry about whether or not it'll work when you pull it out.

On top of that, the video and picture qualities are unmatched when it comes to the action cameras out there. GoPro Hero 7 also has a built in stabilization that takes a lot of the blur out of the video.

After all, there's probably going to be some action when you're using an action camera.

It would be good to get an extra battery or two, as each battery usually only lasts a little longer than an hour and you'll want to get extra memory cards for it as well, unless you're bringing something like a laptop you can dump all of your photos and videos on (not recommended on a short trip).

Advice: Get an extra battery or three so you can keep going and capture all of the memories. Also, make sure to get a large enough memory card to store your photos and videos.

Akaso V50

Another good option is Akaso V50.

It's half the price as a GoPro but the specs are close.

It comes with an external waterproof casing which allows it not only to take a beating but to be submerged in water up to 30 meters deep, which is roughly 90 feet, and the video quality is still really great.

Compared to the GoPro, the Akaso V50 Pro's video quality isn't quite as good, but it's close and it comes in at half the price point.

If you have time to test them out before the vacation, Amazon is really good at accepting returns as long as you're within their return window and you can buy both to test it and return one.

If you're okay with a slight drop in quality, the Akaso is your next best bet.

If you're fine to pay a little extra, go with the GoPro Hero 7.

Action Camera Mounts

Nothing special here, you'll just want accessories for your action camera. This is a quantity over “quality” argument. Quality isn't much better in this case.

Most action mounts work with most action cameras and they are pretty interchangeable.

Here's a good pack that has a bunch and doesn't cost much.

I'd recommend staying away from the GoPro brand mounts, just because you'll be paying a lot more for the same thing.


Sure the GoPro Hero 7 has an internal stabilization, but having an external gimbal is a whole new level.

3-axis gimbals take all of the shakes out of a video. Your videos will be smooth as if nothing were moving.

The last thing you want when you're watching your recorded videos is to not be able to relive or even watch your memories because of how shaky the footage is.

It could have been the car or ATV you were driving or it could have just been your shaky hands.

Get the gimbal and that's not something you'll have to worry about.

This handheld gimbal also has a mount that allows you to use it as a tripod.

Waterproof and Weatherproof Cases

Whether it's the plan or not, when you're on Maui, you're going to be near the water. Even if you're hiking around places inland and away from the ocean, Maui has some of the wettest rainforest and jungle areas on the planet.

It's a good idea to have a waterproof phone case for your phone.

Most phones cost more than $600 now and if a $20 waterproof phone case can save you from losing your phone (not to mention all of your contacts and photos), why wouldn't you pay the extra $20?

Amazon has a ton of options when it comes to waterproof phone cases, but not all of them are the best and most durable fit. Some are specific to the type of phone, while others say they will fit all phones (or smartphones) universally.

From my experience, you want to go with either a specific fit waterproof phone case (like Lifeproof brand) or a rolltop one.

With the clamp phone cases, sometimes they work well at first, but the seals break down the more you use them. Usually, by the end of a week, you're getting water in your phone case.

The roll-top cases on the other hand, as long as you seal them right, their seal doesn't break down nearly as quickly and they're a much more reliable case when it comes to keeping water out.

I like this phone case if you're picking the universal fit ones.

I would also opt for a Lifeproof case over the universal fit ones, but those also wear down the more you take them off your phone or open up the phone case. While they may be a little more durable as an overall case, they may not be so much better when it comes to waterproofness.


Hammocks are the best.

They're also a great way to spend time at the beach. Many of Maui's beaches have palm trees that are perfect for slinging up a hammock and taking a day nap.

Contrary to popular belief, there are mosquitos and other bugs in Hawaii. My favorite hammock setup has a bug net that comes with it.

This hammock that you can get from comes with everything you need to take it easy on the beach in a hammock: bug net, straps, carrying case and of course the hammock itself.

Bug Repellent

If you do find yourself hanging out with a group of mosquitos, you'll want some bug repellant handy.

My favorite bug repellent is an all natural, essential based mixture that is neither harmful to you nor the environment.

If you've never used essential oil before, it is super potent and this bottle will last you for a long time. I've used my current bottle for the past 2 years and it's still going strong.

One drop here and there and no mosquito will come near you. And it's all natural.

Costco Card

Costco is how I survive on Maui.

Everything is much more expensive than the mainland and Costco allows for groceries and other things to be affordable.

Maui's Costco is right next to the airport so if you're landing before 830pm, swing over to Costco before you get to your condo, hotel or AirBnB. Load up when you get in so you don't have to spend more than you need to at the local grocery stores.

Don't have a Costco Membership? It might be worth it to get one. You'll probably save enough money on gas for your car alone if you buy the Costco membership (fuel is pretty expensive on Maui).

If you're looking for Maui to be more affordable, consider getting a Costco Membership.

If you don't want to get one, Costco allows non-members to shop in the store if they have a Costco gift card. You can find them all over eBay. You can use a Costco gift card at the gas pump, too.

Advice: Make sure to bring your Costco Card. It makes Maui much more affordable. Or, buy a gift card on eBay because you can go in the store without a membership with a gift card.


Drones can be an awesome way to check out Maui. I've included this in my ultimate packing list for Maui vacations because there are some things you places you can't see and moments you can't capture with just a regular camera. With a drone, you have an eye in the sky, that you can control!

If you've ever flown a drone before, you understand how cool they can be. And you'll also understand why they come with such a high price tag. But if you're a photographer, a drone is a must-have in your arsenal.

The DJI Mavic drones come with a 4k camera on a gimbal and you will be hard pressed to find a camera that rivals it. The gimbal keeps everything steady when you are recording video or shooting photos.

DJI's Mavic 2 is also super easy to control. You connect it to your phone and you can see everything your drone sees.

DJI's Mavic 2 is also the best travel drone, no question. The drone actually folds up into a package not much larger than if you rolled up a pair of jeans. There are travel cases for the Mavic 2 but they can be as small as a few soda cans and you can just throw it in the backpack so that it's ready for you on a hike.

I wouldn't recommend you take it nearly as far as its specifications say you can as the signal cuts out most of the time much sooner than that. There's also an FAA regulation that requires you to maintain a line of sight to your drone.

Most people won't have any sort of desire or need to fly the drone out of eye's range anyway and you can get some of the most magnificent shots with a drone that were not even possible before these remote control birds.


You're definitely going to want a good pair of sunglasses on Maui.

Before I moved to Maui, I never used sunglasses. Since being on the island, I have a collection of sunglasses, mainly Maui Jim's. All of their models come with state of the art polarized lenses, many with scratch resistant coatings too. Maui Jim also has its headquarters in Lahaina on Maui so if you need a repair, you can bring them in and they'll fix or replace any broken part (for a fee up to $70, which is excellent for these higher end sunglasses).

Polarized sunglasses make a big difference on Maui or anywhere that you're in the sun daily. Not only is it better for your eyes and the eye strain, but the world also seems clearer through a pair of good polarized sunglasses.

My favorite brand is Maui Jim. This brand also started in Lahaina and has become one of the bigger brands of sunglasses out there.

Their polarized lenses are top notch and make a really big difference when spending any time on the water or in the sun. Polarization of the lenses cuts through the glare and allows you to see past the sun's reflection on the surface of the water, so if there are any sea creatures around you, you'll be able to see them (think dolphins or whales).

You'll also be able to see as far as the water will allow, which is pretty deep on Maui in Maui's waters. Maui Jim's tend to make colors pop, and sometimes it seems like there are colors through the lenses of Maui Jim's that don't otherwise exist.

You won't regret getting a pair of good sunglasses.



There are all sorts of water bottles out there. There have been so many plastic bottles produced that there's an island of garbage and plastic floating around out in the middle of the ocean.

Another thing for your Maui checklist is an insulated water bottle.

Yeti's are great at keeping cold, cold and hot, hot. This one can hold enough that you can stay hydrated on long hikes or long days at the beach.

If you're planning an outing out on the water too, the ocean has a way of taunting you that there's so much water yet nothing to drink out there.

Good for your health, good for the island, exactly what you need.


Maui and Hawaii are in the process of banning non-reef safe sunscreen so soon this will be a law, but if you want to help preserve the marine life around Maui, get some reef-safe sunscreen.

It works just as well as the other stuff, and it isn't harmful to the oceans and all of the sea critters.

You will want to get some sunscreen before you come to Maui though. Things tend to be expensive on Maui, so it's a good idea to buy some of this stuff before you get to the island.

Reef-safe sunscreen is usually a little more expensive than the more harmful stuff, but you can put it in perspective:

If it's harmful to marine life, it's probably harmful to you too.

You don't want to put something on yourself that might mess you up in some way in the long run.

Spend the extra dollar and get the stuff that will protect your skin, the marine life, and the island.


On Maui, you're going to want to wear sandals. It makes it easier to dig your toes in the sand and get the sand out when you're done for the night.


I suggest these flip flops because they are so comfortable. While Oofos might look a little funny (they don't look any different than Crocs), but those thoughts will completely melt out of your mind after you put them on. Much, much, much more comfortable than Crocs too!

It really is like walking on a cloud.

I love these.

This is a life-changer!


Keen's are a great sandal-shoe hybrid. You can hike all day in these, get them wet and never have to worry about keeping your feet safe.

Keen's are the perfect island shoe-sandal for hiking on Maui.

And they still let your feet breath!

Water Shoes

These are great around the water. Amazon has been coming out with a handful of generic brands for water shoes, but in this instance, most are will give the same quality product. And these shoes are great. They drain water, and you can rest assured that your feet will be safe.

They also are not expensive and some people I've talked to said they liked them so much that they wear them daily.

Water Socks

Great for grip, great for the water and good for keeping your feet warm even when you're nowhere near water.

Sometimes I walk around the house in these when it's a little chillier.

Vacuum Bags

These things are awesome.

You can put clothes in these, roll them up and squeeze out the air and they are half or less their original size.

You can save a ton of space with these and keep sand, dirt, and dust from spreading everywhere.

They're also a great way to keep things organized.


This is an awesome travel toothbrush for any amount of time.

These come in two-packs on Amazon. They fold into themselves to stay clean and to store easier.

The bristles are made with silver fibers to stop bacteria growth. Silver has antibacterial properties, so anything with silver embedded in it will deter the growth of bacteria.

The bristles are also altered in length so that they act as both a toothbrush and floss.

This is a great way to keep up with your hygiene while you're on a trip.

Dry Bag

If you plan to be around the water a lot, dry bags are a must.

Don't go for the cheaper dry bags, either. Some of then split open at the seams or their clasps break.

The whole point of a dry bag is to keep the water out, and if your dry bag breaks near the water, you may as well have taken your backpack you took your schoolbooks in.

I like this one.

Extra external pockets, strong build and material and can be used temporarily as a float if needed.

I've put this bag through the wringer. You're getting a bang for a buck.

This one's good too.

Rash Guard

Don't want to worry about sunscreen and getting burned? Might be a good idea to bring a rash guard.

There are a handful of options when it comes to rashguards, and most will do exactly the same thing.

Good rashguards have built-in sun protection so you don't have to worry about putting on sunscreen.

You can also get in the water with them. Although they don't help a whole lot with warmth.

The protection stays with you in that case too, so you don't have to worry about your sunscreen wiping off.

My favorite brand is the TSLA brand on Amazon, not to be confused with Elon Musk's Tesla.

Inexpensive, good quality apparel. This is one of those rare inexpensive good finds.

Here's a loose-fitting version that's nice too.

Wetsuit Top

Any wetsuit top will do.

If you're coming during the winter, the water is colder to the point that you might want to wear a wetsuit top for warmth.

You might think now that Maui waters are jacuzzi's compared to the rest of the country and there is definitely truth to that.

But it still gets cold.

You could rent wetsuits from some places on island but the cost of the wetsuit to rent for the day might get you your own wetsuit on Amazon.

I have this one, but really any wetsuit will do. You may not need one if you're not on Maui during the winter months. From December through April though, I would have a wetsuit top if I were you.


Don't forget your swimsuit.


What to wear in Maui? For guys, at least, I like hybrid shorts.

They are casual enough that you can wear them at work, in everyday life or just out.

At least you can on Maui.

They dry quickly, they have pockets and most have a zipper pocket.

What more can you ask for in a pair of shorts?

I don't really have any advice on a women's bathing suit.


This one is for the airplane. Those airplane rides can be long and uncomfortable. I've included this on the packing list because it's small and easy to pack and it makes that long plane ride much more comfortable.

The TRTL is a new kind of neck pillow that lets you sleep sitting upright, as it props your head up in a way that you can rest on your shoulder.

It's like a comfortable neck-brace pillow.

Since it's made of fleece, it also keeps your neck and head warm. It's great for those long flights where you want to catch some zzz's but don't have anyone to lean on.

Light Jacket / Sweatshirt

It's a smart idea to bring a sweatshirt or a light jacket.

Think you don't need one?

You'd be surprised but it can get chilly here. Especially during the winter months. Or when you are getting out of the ocean on to the beach and the wind is blowing.

Trust me, you'll be happy you brought a jacket.

Not quite the best travel sweatshirt, but this is an absolute lifesaver if you ever do any water sports or spend a lot of time in the water.

It cuts down the wind to nothing, it's waterproof and it has a very warm fleece lining.

Great for Maui and everywhere else.


You probably won't be wearing pants on Maui. Chances are you are coming to Maui to avoid wearing pants.


These are the best pants, ever.

They will withstand anything, you can waterproof them and they have a bunch of functional pockets for you to store whatever you need too. Phone, wallet, keys, snacks, whatever.

You actually might want this during the winter months in Maui.

Anytime though, if you only ever need one pair of pants though, these are the ones.

Every time I wear these, people ask what they are because they want a pair. And I don't blame them.

If I were going on a hiking trip and I could only bring one pair of pants, this pair, hands down.


Here are All of the products on the Packing List!

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The Guide to Camping on Maui Hawaii [UPDATED June 2019] Sun, 16 Jun 2019 19:23:04 +0000

Camping Maui: The Guide to Camping on Maui Hawaii [UPDATED June 2019]

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One of the best ways to enjoy Maui is to go out into nature and camp. Camping on Maui Hawaii lets you experience the beauty of the island and wake up to the smell of ocean breeze and the sound of rushing waterfalls (after a quick hike).

There are some things that would be good to bring if you plan to spend any or a lot of time camping on Maui and read on for more info on what I would bring when I camp.

Where to Camp on Maui?

When driving around on Maui, you'll probably see a bunch of cars just pulled off on to the beach with tents and cars out for camping. While you may or may not run into trouble doing that, it's not something you're supposed to do without a permit.

To camp on the beach, you're supposed to get a permit from the State of Hawaii and I'll put a link on how and where to do that later on in the article.

So the question is: Where Can I do some Maui camping?

Maui has some official campsites, all of which you have to pay a small fee to use nightly but it's worth it to camp in such a beautiful place. Comparatively, it's a lot less expensive than staying in a resort and probably an Airbnb too.

Camp Olowalu

On the west side of Maui, the best place to camp is Camp Olowalu. You can rent out cabins, yurts or a spot in their campground for you to pitch a tent.

Waianapanapa State Park

Home to the black sand beach on Maui, Waianapanapa State Park is a great place to camp. They have cabins for rent and a campground as well. If you want to stay in the cabins, be sure to book ahead of time because they book up early and I don't believe you can book them within a few days of the date of camping.

The Waianapanapa State Park cabins are in great condition and make it easy to camp. You don't have to worry about having or setting up a tent, and you're right there in one of the most beautiful parts of Maui.

Maui's black sand beach is one of the best sights to see, and I definitely recommend checking it out.

Haleakala National Park

Haleakala National Park also has campgrounds and cabins that you can reserve. If you're up for doing a little hiking, you can head into the crater of the dormant volcano to camp. If you're looking to make a camping trip out of your time on Maui, this is probably the best camping spot you will find in Maui.

The shortest hike to the campgrounds in the crater is four miles, so you'll have to pack and carry whatever you want to have while camping that entire way, and there's no other way out other than hiking so plan on an 8-mile hike, at least.

Kipahulu, known as the Seven Sacred Pools

Kipahulu, also known as the Seven Sacred Pools, has a camp ground where you can pitch a tent. You don't have to do any hiking to camp here. You can drive right up to your camp site and set up without having to worry about packing anything in for miles.

Poli Poli

Poli Poli is on the side of Haleakala, Maui's dormant volcano. To get to the official campgrounds, you will need a 4WD vehicle as the road gets rough as you get closer to the cabins. You'll have to reserve these ahead of time too, which you can do here.

Camp Keanae

For more resources on camping on Maui, check out this blog:

Where to Get Camping Permit on Maui?

For all Maui camping permit info, head over here:

Specifically, for permit applications:

For camping rules:


When to Camp on Maui?

Camping in the winter is a different beast than camping in the summer on Maui.

The winter months tend to be wetter and colder and while you may not thing Maui and Hawaii will be cold, you would regret being unprepared if you find yourself soaked in a rain storm or frozen in the snow of Haleakala (we get snow sometimes).

Summer is a great time to camp. It tends to be warmer, less wet, no snow (which you would only have to worry about on Haleakala) and you would have more sun and daylight.

How to Camp on Maui?

Tent Camping

Tent camping is the number one way to go on Maui. If you don't want to make camping on Maui illegal, you need t0 get a permit to camp which you can find here.

It's a great way to wake up to the smell of sea breeze and the sound of the crashing waves on the beach. Keep scrolling down for a list of things that will come in handy for camping on Maui.

Hammock Camping

If you don't want to worry about bring or renting a tent, you can always just throw up a hammock between a couple of trees. If you go this route, you still need a permit to camp legally.

You will also want to make sure to get a hammock with a bug net and/or have bug repellant nearby. It would also be a good idea to have a bag that you can secure with a lock or at least a bell, in case someone tries to swipe anything while you're camping. Maui has had a prominent homeless population in the past.

Hammock camping is usually fine for a night or two, but I don't recommend it for an extended amount of time or for a camping-focused trip.

Cabin Camping

Another great way to camp on Maui, cabin camping takes a lot of the planning and effort out of camping on Maui.

Many of the cabins are very well taken care of and has plenty of room for multiple people.

You don't have to worry about pitching a tent or leaving your stuff out in the open and you can focus on the Maui instead of thinking about the logistics of camping like pitching a tent and bug-proofing your hammock and tent.

If you go this route, you need to reserve the cabins far ahead time. Since this is a popular way to do it, the reservations book up really early (think 3-6 months ahead time). If you don't book them early, you'll have to be really lucky to snag a reservation. I wouldn't plan on that if I were you though.

Van Camping

You will likely see vans set up on the beaches for camping all over the place. Surfers come down to live in their vans so that they can just park their home after waking up, spend the day surfing and then just drive to their next spot.

You can find websites that offer vans to rent like

This can be a great route to go if you're looking for a surfing trip but if you're not used to this type of camping, you may want to have a fallback.

Rooftop Tent Camping

Much like van camping, you find normal cars that have a rooftop tent on the racks on top. The Tepui tents are very high quality and very comfortable to sleep in, with memory foam mattress built in.

You can essentially drive up, pop up the tent on top of your car and you're good to go. Putting the tent away is just as easy and you don't have to worry about rolling anything up and stowing anything away.

You can find these on, where people rent out their own personal cars to rent. People generally take care of their own vehicles and you can save money doing it this way because you don't have to worry about the rental car companies' miscellaneous fees.


It's just about as easy as camping gets.

What to Bring when Camping in Maui?

In our infographic, we mentioned three things you would want to bring when camping: A hammock with a bug nut, bug repellent and a good insulated water bottle. I'll go over those and a few more things that I would bring if I were you when camping in Hawaii.

Camping List for Maui


Hammocks are an awesome way to relax on Maui. Great for hanging out on the beach, great for camping.

If it's not raining out, having a hammock could be a better way to spend the night than in a tent, especially if you have one that has a built in bug net.

You can also get a rainfly for the hammock so that if it is raining, you don't have to worry about getting soaked in the middle of the night.

Hammocks are much more compact than tents could be the deal maker or breaker.

If you brought all of your camping supplies to Maui, you may as well just stay on island ;). It's always hard deciding what to put in your luggage before your travel, but I don't think you'll regret bringing your hammock since it can pack into the corner of your bag and doesn't weigh much.

Bug Repellent

One of my highest recommendations, make sure you have some bug repellent. 

Not having bug repellent is a very quick way to have a long, non-enjoyable weekend.

I like this one specifically because it's super small and lightweight, it only takes a few drops to keep the bugs away and this little bottle will last you forever.

I've had mine for years since you only need to use a few drops. It's made completely from a mixture of essential oils.

Water Bottle

Water and a good water bottle are musts when camping and coming to Maui.

Yeti's are known to be one of the highest quality and durable water containers around.

I have friends that have taken the Yeti cooler on rafting trips through the Grand Canyon. They froze a layer of water on the bottom before they left and by the time they came back two weeks later, the water had melted but it was still cold.

It almost seems magical.

I would definitely recommend the Yeti but if you have a Hydroflask or another insulated water bottle already, stick with that if you like it.

Yeti gets my thumbs up, though.

For camping and hiking on Maui, I wouldn't worry about having a purification source like a Lifestraw.

On longer hikes, like the Na Pali Coast Trail on Kauai, you could be out in the wilderness for up to 5 days if you have the longest permit.

It's harder to pack and carry enough water for 5 days, but you could easily bring a water purifying device like the Lifestraw or Sawyer Filtration Straw.

Maui has less of a use for purification devices like that, they're a good thing to have for longer hikes or more wilderness-centric trips.


If you're going for my favorite tent, check out the MSR Hubba Hubba.

It's lightweight, compact and sets up in seconds.

It only has one frame which makes everything less complicated and you can go from no tent to tent in minutes.

It's everything you could want in an ultralight tent.

This one fits three people, but they have a smaller model that fits two.


Another great option is the MIER Ultralight Tent.

It's less expensive than the MSR Hubba Hubba and comes with a rainfly.

It's big enough for 1-2 people and is a solidly built tent. Also, being an ultralight ten, it's lightweight and great for travelling and packing when every ounce counts.

Sleeping Bag

A lot of times you have to compromise when it comes to ultralight products. It's hard to find the balance between little weight and size versus effectiveness and warmth, in the case of a sleeping bag.

This little beast is a great option for Maui. It's small enough to fit in a carry-on and works great in non-freezing temperature.

I have a stash of four of these that I keep in the corner of my closet, in case I have visitors coming and we want to go on a spur of the moment camp-out.

They're also great gifts (which was also part of the intention for my extra three sleeping bags, just in case I forgot some sort of special occasion).

Most of the people I know and am likely to give a gift to like to spend time in the outdoors.

This sleeping bag is one of those gems that isn't super expensive but works really well.


This Milwaukee headlamp is a must-have addition to my list.

Flashlights and headlamps are a must and I keep a headlamp in my backpack at all times. I also keep one in my car.

This headlamp is rechargeable, water resistant and tiny. It takes up half the space some of the other more popular headlamps fill up.

On top of its small size, it packs a punch with its 475-lumen rating. It will illuminate everything you'll need it to.

Headlamps are the best option when it comes to camping or any situation where you would potentially need a light. You can keep your hands free so you can do whatever it is that you need to do.

You can't really ask for more with this headlamp.


Whether or not you want to bring a knife to Maui, trust me, you want to consider this knife for your personal camping kit or go bag.

If you spend any amount of time near the water, this is the best knife for you.

I know a lot of people with boats and who work on boats and they all swear by this knife.

This Spyderco-brand knife is called the Pacific Salt and it will not rust. My sailor friend who is in the ocean daily says he always has this on him, never washes it and it's as rust-free as the day he bought it.

There are a few different models of this knife; some have a pointed tip, some have a rounded tip for safety, some have a fixed blade.

But I will say this again, if you are ever around the water for any amount of time, you will not find a better knife than this.


Nothing special about the different paracords online. Some say they're a little stronger than others, but there's probably not enough of a difference that it merits getting one brand over the other.

If I were you, I would go with the least expensive brand because all paracords will do the same job.

That being said, paracord always comes in handy: whether it's tying something up when you're camping, to hanging your clothes, to tying your broken backpack up, to repairing old sandals and shoelaces.

They call it 550 paracord because it can hold up to 550 pounds.

I was hiking once and part of my flip flop broke. I had another 5 miles to go on the hike and I would either have to walk it in one sandal, barefoot or figure something out. I grabbed a little paracord I had tied to my backpack and fashioned up a new strap for my sandal and it's still holding today.

Paracord always will have a use and you realize it over and over when something breaks.

If you want to support an American company, go with these guys.


I would get the snacks at Costco, if I were you.

I talked about the benefits of Costco on the homepage, but it's something you will definitely want to think about.

Portable Solar Battery

Everything now requires batteries. Your phone, books (eReaders), flashlights, your car.

This solar battery pack is the best battery pack you will find for camping. It has a built-in solar charger and you can charge it by setting it out in the sun.

Of course, you can charge it by plugging it into an AC outlet as well if you one around.

This particular battery has a capacity of 25000 mAH. To put that in perspective, most phones have a 2000 – 3000 mAh capacity. Because of this, it could possibly charge your phone up to 8 – 10 tens on a single charge.

It takes a while to get to a full charge if you're only charging it by sunlight, but it will eventually get there if you didn't have another power source.

This battery pack is also water resistant, so you don't have to worry about it breaking if you get caught in the rain.

If you want peace of mind and a back up in case your phone dies or whatever other electronics you have need a charge, buy this battery pack.


eReader or Book

I always bring a book or an eReader with me wherever I go. It gives you something to do if you have downtime and gives you a chance to always be learning.

I like the new Amazon Kindles because they are waterproof.

eReaders of all kinds also can hold a charge for up to a month because it doesn't take much to power the eReader screen.

Brings your books with you with an eReader.

Foul Weather Gear

It's always a good idea to be prepared. It rains a lot on Maui, especially in the majority of the places you're allowed to camp at.

Having a rain jacket could spare you from a long, cold night. You'll probably want to bring one anyway if you're going up Haleakala for sunrise or for any reason.

I would bring one that's easy to pack and that's water resistant. Chances are, you already own one.

I have this one. It's waterproof with Goretex, it packs away really nicely and it's warm enough that it can be used for just about any nasty weather that Maui could throw at you.

Camping Chair

These chairs are small enough that they wouldn't make too much of a dent to your packing space.

If you're carrying a backpack, you could even hang one off of the pack hand with a carabiner or tie it on with some paracord.

They are super light, fold into a package not much larger than a soda bottle and make it so you don't have to sit on the ground when you're taking a load off.

They also work great on the beach, but if you use them there, it might help to put something under their feet. I've used an empty coke can before. That way, they don't sink into the sand.

In Conclusion

On top of my list found at my homepage, I've included some camping-specific items on this page.

Whether or not you want to pack these additional items is up to you. I like to travel lighter and some of these camping items are lighter.

The items on this page are ones that I own and have tried. They work great for me on Maui and they will probably work great most other places but unless you're bringing a big checked bag or multiple carry-ons, you may not want to bring all of this stuff.

Going camping though?

These are definitely good items to have.

All Camping Suggestions:

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