With hidden waterfalls to discover, volcanoes to conquer, and vast oceans to gaze out upon, Hawaii is a wonderful place to go hiking.
You don’t need to be a pro walker to enjoy it either, as there are hikes of all distances and gradients across Hawaii’s islands. You’ll easily find one which suits you.
If you’re planning a day for hiking then we recommend you get up early and get going.
Weather conditions across Hawaii are usually more suitable for hikes in the morning. It will be cooler than setting off in the heat of the day. If you’re planning a long hike then this also enables you to maximise the daylight hours.
So, what do you need to take when hiking in Hawaii?
1. Suitable footwear
Your sandals or slippers (flip-flops) are sadly not built for tackling hikes across Hawaii. Wearing them will ruin them and leave you feeling miserable. Wear good hiking shoes with tread. On a relatively easy hike, you may get away with a sturdy pair of sneakers.
2. Cool comfortable clothes:
Hiking can be hot business in Hawaii so it is important to wear cool clothes. Gym or sports gear are a good idea as they are easy to move about in. They are also often breathable and tend to keep sweat at bay.
3. Waterproof Jacket
If you are facing any significant change in altitude then you need to pack a rain jacket, as you can easily find yourself caught up in a down pour. If you are walking through exposed high places then a waterproof will also protect you from the wind.
4. Mosquito Repellent and Sunscreen:
You will be vulnerable to both mosquitos, and the sun on your hike, so you should douse yourself in both mosquito repellent and sunscreen before you set out. Take a bottle of each with you, or bring a product that protects against both in one.
5. Drinking Water
If the sun is shining then you’ll definitely need to drink. Even if it is not very hot, it is important to stay hydrated while exercising so pack a decent amount of water for your hike.
Even if you’re not planning on eating lunch on the go, it is wise to take along a snack to eat. The hike might take longer than anticipated, and it is good to have something to look forward to when you are climbing up that final peak. Protein bars make great snacks for hikes.
7. Cell Phone
You might think it is just one more thing to carry but for your safety take your cell phone along with you. A cell phone means you have access to help should you or someone you meet along the way be faced with difficulties.
8. First Aid
If there is any medicine you take regularly then definitely pack it on your hike. On longer or more challenging hikes consider taking a basic first aid kit.
You need to know the route you are going. Print out directions for your hike and take them along, or bring a map of the area with the hike marked on it. Even if your walk is sign posted it can be easy to take a wrong turn. Don’t be caught out!
Put everything in a backpack! Hands are important tools when hiking, so the best type of bag for a hike is one that can be worn while keeping your hands free for you to use. Get something that isn’t too heavy and feels comfortable.
Enjoy your hike in Hawaii! Have we missed anything essential? Let us know what you would take with you on a hike in the comments.