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Royal Kona Presents - What you shouldn't pack on your Hawaii vacation

Planning the trip of a lifetime can be exciting, but also a bit daunting and confusing as well. So, you have finally booked your dream Hawaii vacation, and now it is time to start thinking about activities, what to do and see, and what to pack. If you're like most serious vacationers, you probably have a packing list made of what to bring, but you probably haven't considered what not to bring on your Hawaii vacation. Seasoned travelers wish that someone had given them advice before their first trip to Hawaii, so we would like to lay out a few items that definitely should not appear on your packing list.

Maybe it is because of how Hawaii is shown in movies and in television, but Hawaii is not a glitzy, glamourous place, such as Los Angeles. Many travelers make the mistake of packing one or more outfits to wear "out" - meaning dress clothes for dinner and even nightlife. Wearing ball gowns and evening gowns will definitely make you stick out like a sore thumb here on the island. It is a very casual place. It is very common to see a gentleman dressed for dinner in simply a Hawaiian shirt, shorts, and pair of sandals. In fact, most restaurants in Hawaii do not even require a dinner jacket. Save yourself some luggage space and leave the dressy clothes at home. Choose breathable, comfortable fabrics, especially if you are headed to the Big Island during the height of tourist season, when it is hot.

Just as with dressy clothing, dressy shoes should also be left off of the packing list. While Kailua-Kona is not as known as the rest of Hawaii for its beaches, you will still be doing a lot of outdoor walking, during the day, and at night. Dress shoes and high heels really don't belong here. Pack one comfortable pair of sandals or flats and one pair of flip-flops, and you should be all set.

When planning activities, snorkeling usually appears near the top of the list. Travelers who have never been to Hawaii nor snorkeled before have a tendency to go out, buy gear, and then have to pack it for the plane. Don't. Gear is provided here, either free of charge or for a small fee. Unless you're a professional snorkeler with gear, it's best to leave it at home.

Nearly everyone remembers to pack sunblock. However, many vacationers do not think of SPF with regard to Hawaii's position to the equator. The sun's rays are stronger here, and an SPF lower than 30 will leave you burnt to a crisp – even with a base tan. Pack a powerful sunblock with a strong SPF, especially if you are travelling with little ones. If you are on an extended vacation, you may be able to drop down to SPF 15 or so, but that's a big maybe. A sunburn can really put a damper on a vacation, so plan ahead.

For more useful hints and tips about visiting Hawaii, visit the Royal Kona Resort website or give us a call to speak to a member of our professional staff. We hope that we can accommodate you on your next dream vacation, getaway, honeymoon, or business trip. To experience all the magic of Hawaii first hand, visit Royal Kona Resort for the vacation of a lifetime.