The best thing about traveling to Hawaii for your vacation is the relatively small amount of things you will need to pack. Traveling is less hassle when you travel with a carry-on suitcase. Not to mention the minimalist mentality will blend nicely with Maui’s tropical laid-back attitude. That being said, packing for Maui can be a little tricky if you’re a first timer.

Let’s start with the obvious things. You will need your toiletries, intimates, one set of pajamas, t-shirts, tank tops, shorts, a jacket, flip-flops, electronics and a backpack or purse to hold your daily items. Also prepare one formal outfit such as a dress for women or an aloha shirt and slacks for men in the likely event you decide to go out to a nice dinner.

Next, the exciting tropical items; for Hawaii weather you’ll need sunglasses, possibly a hat, sunscreen, a refillable water bottle and two sets of swimwear because in all likelihood you’ll be soaking up the sun at the beach almost daily. Another nice addition is a book, not only for the airplane but also for when you’re sitting at your vacation rental by the pool or on the beach.

Now for the unexpected items. Hawaii is a fantastic place for outdoor activities. This means that you’re going to want running shoes, socks, a shirt and some sweats or athletic pants you don’t mind getting dirty. For those who want to visit Haleakala, you’ll want to layer tops, wear your athletic pants or jeans, and bundle it all in with a heavy jacket. It gets so cold during winter at high elevations on Maui that it snows! Top it all off with a large blanket and you are good to go!

While we’re on the subject of what to bring, let’s also eliminate some items. Your vacation rental will have beach chairs and beach towels. You can wait to buy sunscreen or liquids in the event they are over 100ml (3.4 oz) or if space is a concern. Indeed, Costco, Walmart and Target are all on your way from the airport to your vacation rental in South Maui. Last but not least, do not bring expensive items with you! You will stick out like a sore thumb, risk ruining them, or risk having them stolen.

Now that you’ve got all this covered, throw a few Ziplocs and dryer sheets in your carry-on and you are good to go! Can’t wait to see you on Maui!