12 Top Things To Add For Your Road To Hana Packing List

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!

View Point from The Road to Hana's Black Sand Beach
The Road To Hana Road View Point

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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. Shein Bathing suits | Cupshe Bathing Suits

Relax at beaches in Maui with 5 days in Maui, Hawaii. View of blue ocean and green jungle.

3. Towels

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!

4. Sunscreen

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. Don’t forget your cute sunhat!

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 a tank top and shorts for any hiking portions. I also recently just got these shorts, which look good on!

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 bringing 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.

Waterfall on the Road to Hana in Maui

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 destination 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!

10. Sunglasses

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.

11. Backpack

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, cosmetic bag, and more. On top of that, it has a cover attached in case it starts downpouring! If you are not a camera nerd like me, Osprey is known to have some of the best travel backpacks!

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 along with our dry bag, so we don’t have to leave our valuables on the beach.

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.

Make sure to add the Bamboo forest to your guide down the Road to Hana
Bamboo Forest

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!

Before visiting, always make sure to check for lane closures in Maui here.

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Samantha Oppenheimer

Samantha Oppenheimer (Sam Opp) quit her corporate marketing job in 2018 to travel the world and become a travel writer, blogger and content creator. She loves experiencing authentic travel experiences, photography, and nature. Sam shares helpful travel itineraries, travel tips, budget tips, and travel advice from her personal experiences. You can also find Sam's words featured in large publications including Mirror, Thrillist, and Well + Good. Learn more here: https://findloveandtravel.com/samantha-oppenheimer/

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