Ultimate Road to Hana Packing List
If you’re visiting Maui, Hawaii, the Road to Hana must be on the top of your list. From going under waterfalls, hiking lush jungles, and enjoying the sand between your toes, you will have the ultimate day trip ahead of you. In the article, I have put together the ultimate Road to Hana packing list for your trip!
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Ultimate Road to Hana Packing List
- Road to Hana Packing List
- 1. Snacks and Water
- 2. Bathing Suits
- 3. Towels
- 4. Sunscreen
- 5. Comfortable Hiking Clothes and Coverup
- 6. Sandals and Shoes
- 7. Bug Repellent
- 8. Phone Chargers
- 9. Waterproof Camera or Waterproof Phone Case
- 10. Sunglasses
- 11. Backpack
- 12. Change of Clothes
- Road to Hana Packing List Summary
Road to Hana Packing List
Here is a list of some of the top items and things you should consider packing when driving the Road to Hana in Maui.
1. Snacks and Water
Before you start your drive to the Road to Hana, it’s a must to get gas for your car. At the gas station, make sure to get some snacks and water, but save room for banana bread and ice cream later. You will thank me later! You can consider bringing a reusable water bottle with you like a life straw bottle.
2. Bathing Suits
This one’s pretty obvious, but hey you never know. Girls, I recommend wearing this under your clothes. Guys can wear a bathing suit as their shorts. Here are some of my favorite swimsuits. Everything But Water One-piece | H & M swimsuit
You will be getting in and out of the water throughout the drive so I would recommend adding quick dry towels to your Road to Hana packing list! We always travel with our quick-dry towels which basically work like ShamWow towels for your body, along with being super compact and sand resistant! We have the Dock and Bay towels in blue and pink.
Since you will be getting in and out of the water, make sure to bring sunscreen with you. We always use Blue Lizard Australian Sensitive Sunscreen SPF 30 or Juice Beauty SPF 30 Sport Moisturizer which are also safe for coral reefs! Maui is strict about sunscreens being coral reef safe, so it is now required.
5. Comfortable Hiking Clothes and Coverup
There are a lot of fun hiking trails throughout the Road to Hana so bring some hiking clothes with you. I would suggest bringing a cute coverup for the beach along with tank top and shorts for any hiking portions.
6. Sandals and Shoes
I suggest bringing both shoes and sandals. This could be my overpacking issue, but since we rented a car, I was able to pack extra stuff. There are tons of hiking trails that are much more suited for sneakers. A lot of these trails can also be muddy. If you don’t want to carry two pairs of shoes, these Birkins could do the job for both beach and hiking.
7. Bug Repellent
At some points, you might be hiking through the jungles of Maui. I found bug repellent was a nice addition to have with me. This is something you can just grab at a store in Maui.
8. Phone Chargers
I would recommend getting a cigarette-lighter USB charging port, or bring a portable charging power bank for your phone to use the maps for your Road to Hana packing list. Throughout most of this trip, your phone might actually have service, but if you download the Shaka guide app it keeps track of your location without the internet.
9. Waterproof Camera or Waterproof Phone Case
Another thing you will want to add to your Road to Hana packing list is a waterproof phone case and camera. I always bring my GoPro to any tropical destinations for the underwater camera along with a waterproof cellphone pouch. By doing this, I know I am keeping my electronics safe while getting the photos I want!
No explanation is needed for adding sunglasses to your Road to Hana packing list, but just in case you forget. I don’t even leave the house without my sunnies.
You’ll need this to hold all of your belongings. One negative about driving the Road to Hana is car break-ins. By using a backpack to hold all of your valuables, you can give yourself some peace of mind.
My LowePro Camera bag backpack is my favorite traveling accessory and comes with me on every trip. It not only carries my camera and several of my camera lenses but also has room for my computer and cosmetic bag and more. On top of that, it has a cover attached in case it starts downpouring!
A downside is that the bag is a little bulky since it holds so much. If you’re looking for something lighter – we also use draw-string backpacks all the time as well!
12. Change of Clothes
Okay, this one is not 100% necessary but it’s nice to keep it in the trunk so you’re not sitting in a wet bathing suit. If we are driving our own car, I rather pack a little extra and not need it, than need it and not have it. So, some extra dry/clean clothes might be nice.
Road to Hana Packing List Summary
I hope you found this Road to Hana packing guide helpful! If you plan on doing the drive yourself like us, make sure to check out our detailed Road to Hana Guide here! Other guides you may be interested in include: Maui 5 Day Itinerary | Haleakala Sunrise Guide
Before visiting, always make sure to check for lane closures in Maui here.