So I’m sure you’ve all looked at Pinterest at some point in time to find what you should back for a certain trip. Most lists include a small amount of clothes, toiletries, and a few things to keep you entertained on the trip there. When I went to search what to bring to Hawaii, that’s exactly what I found. Now, I’ve been lucky enough to go Hawaii multiple times so I think I’ve nailed what to bring. Rather than give you a list of what you should bring clothing wise, I wanted to share my must have’s that don’t include clothing. Except a cute bathing suit. But we’ll get to that.
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- Maui Babe
Okay guys, so I have to start with something that I absolutely swear by, Maui Babe. I am an extremely pale person (thank you German genes) and I find it extremely hard to tan. In fact, most of the time I just get fried. A few years ago, one of my friends told me to try this stuff called Maui Babe which supposedly helps even the palest of people get some color. I figured I’d give it a shot and since then, my life has never been the same. It’s a tanning lotion created in Maui that contains things like aloe, Kona coffee extract, kukui nut oil, and vitamins and the Hawaiians swear by it. You can now find people using it all over the world in order to perfect their tan. If you’re pale like me, I recommend putting on sunscreen beforehand or only wearing it direct sunlight for about an hour. It can be harder to find, I usually buy it at Ulta but I did find a 2 pack for $26 on Amazon right here. It’s even on prime so you get that 2 day shipping
2. Too Faced Primer + Urban Decay Setting Spray
So I’ve never been a heavy duty make up person. In fact, I’m pretty useless when it comes to make up. However, when I do wear it, I always make sure to have these two things with me. When I’m constantly spending my day in the sun, my face tends to get really dry. Which makes putting on foundation not so fun. I finally decided one day that I needed a moisturizer and I came across Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer. It has coconut water and skin revivers which really helps to moisturize your face and keep your make up on during a day out. I bought it at Sephora and you can find it here. But don’t just listen to me, listen to all of the other 5 star reviews too.
On the other end of the spectrum, Kauai tends to be very humid due to all the rain. Humidity + make up = no good. My make up never seems to last in the humidity and before I moved to Florida, I found this setting spray from Urban Decay. It really helps your make up set without the look of caking. You can find it at Sephora or on their website here!
3. Kristin Ess’ Texture Spray + Cleansing Conditioner
Okay, so my sister showed me hairstylist, Kristin Ess, and all of her work for celebrities and I quickly fell in love. So when we learned that she was starting a hair care line at Target, we were ecstatic. If you don’t know by now, I always wear my hair in messy waves. I immediately tried the texture spray and fell in love. It loosens up the curl, giving you a tussled beach look. Perfect for Hawaii, right? It sprays just like a hairspray and you apply it once you’re done curling. Best part about her line is it’s all under $14.00. You can find the texture spray here.
With curling my hair, I’ve found that it can get pretty frizzy. Probably because I color it all the time. But I could’t figure out what to do about it. Then I heard she created a second line that involved a frizz control conditioner. I’m always up to trying something new and so far I love it. You apply it in your roots and let it sit for about a minute before washing it out and finding soft, replenished hair. This is another thing that I think is perfect for the humid weather. You can find it for $14 at Target here.
4. A Cute Bikini
Let’s be honest, when you’re in Hawaii, you live in your bathing suit. The problem that I’ve run into over and over is how expensive bikinis are now. 100 dollars for a top and another 100 for bottoms? That’s insane. Especially with how quickly trends change. When I mentioned this to my co-worker, she suggested looking on Amazon and so I did. I took a chance on a red bikini that cost me $15 total. And I ended up loving it. It’s high waisted and very cheeky but it looks adorable on. The one thing I will say is that you can tell it’s a bit cheaper by the fabric but with the fact that I buy a new suit almost every single summer, this one has impressed me. You can find it here. If this one isn’t your taste, browse the other suits they have. You’d be surprised!
So I always used to get cheap sunglasses at Forever 21 or Urban Outfitters but I finally decided to splurge on a pair of Ray-Bans and now I won’t ever go back. You can tell the difference in the quality the minute you put them on. So when I saw that they came out with a new shape, I knew I had to get them the minute I saw them. You can find them at Sunglass Hut or online here for $160! They also come in multiple colors if the black and gold isn’t your thing.
6. My Polaroid
Polaroid cameras have found their way back into America’s heart and for good reason. They’re a fun way to record memories. I knew that I had to bring mine to Hawaii to document everything we did. Although I’m pretty bad at remembering to take pictures, when I do, I always wish I did it more. Because they’ve gotten so popular, I have noticed that the prices have gone down. You can pick one up on Amazon prime here for $70.