Thursday, March 21, 2013

How to pack for camping on Maui

I am always up for camping, especially when I came up with the idea of camping during our trip to Maui. Once I figured out where to stay (Wai'anapanapa State Park) and where to rent our gear, the next challenge was to figure out what clothing to pack. The east side of Maui was rainy and windy, a stark contrast to the dry, sunny west side.

To accommodate both climes, here's what I packed for camping on Maui for two nights, plus the rest of the trip's adventures:

  • Three bathing suits or more. (This gives you enough time to dry your suits. Save yourself the discomfort of wearing a wet bathing suit all day under your clothes.)
  • Shorts and jeans. I hiked in the jeans and wore the shorts on the beach on the west side of the island.
  • A hoodie or jacket. This was enough to keep me comfortable when it was windy or rainy in Hana. This was also a must at Haleakala's summit. I also wished I had gloves at the summit, though I am from Arizona.
  • Yoga clothes and long socks to sleep in. That's just my preference. Plus, I went to an oceanfront yoga class in Kihei one of the days.
  • Wet wipes and hand sanitizer. These come in handy so often, but especially when camping or going to the beach.
  • Water backpack. We went on a hike to Waimoku Falls, staying hydrated with a water backpack, which we also used to store snacks for the journey, along with our cellphones, camera, car keys, etc.
  • A watersafe box. Protect your valuables on waterfall hikes, at the beach, or on rainy days.
  • Beach towels.
  • Underwater disposable camera, GoPro or digital camera. Save some cash by buying a few ahead of time. It will likely be cheaper. Or get a digital underwater camera to capture breathtaking shots while snorkeling.
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, chapstick and hat.
  • Extra ziplock bag (or a few) to keep your camping permit dry if you camp at the same park. It must be displayed outside your tent.
  • Headlamp or flashlight. This was included in our rented camping package, but the flashlight didn't work as well as we would have liked. It's best to bring your own.
  • Lighter or matches and charcoal if barbecuing at the park. Stop at a local grocery store to get them, as you'll need food for camping.
  • Flip flops, hiking shoes, and comfortable walking shoes. 
  • Snorkeling gear. While snorkeling-trip operators offer them and you can rent or buy them on the island, if you plan to do a lot of snorkeling or would like to have gear for the future, consider bringing it. 
  • Beach bag.
  • Pillow, if you can somehow fit it in your luggage.
  • Car charger (and regular charger) for your cellphone.
  • Hammock and rope, if you'd like to lounge. It's only handy if it doesn't rain.
  • Water shoes.

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