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Capsule Wardrobe for Travel to Hawaii

Capsule Wardrobe for Travel to Hawaii

Travelling with children involves bringing so. much. stuff!  (See my post on the Best Travel Gear.)  In this post I hope to simplify your wardrobe so the whole family can travel with only one suitcase.

The benefit of travelling to a hot climate (aside from the obvious) is that you really don’t have to bring much to be prepared.  Below I list a capsule wardrobe that will give you lots of options for your tropical vacation.



Linen Babydoll Dress | Beach Bag | Tank Tops | Jean Shorts | Athletic Shorts | Sun Hat | Running Shoes | Bras | Cardigan | Long Sleeve Tee | Striped Dress | Pineapple Bikini | Striped One Piece | White Highwaisted Bikini | Gingham One Piece | Travel Pants | Round Towel | Sunglasses | Crossbody Bag | Flip Flops | Linen T-Shirts

Packing Checklist

  • bathing suits (4)
  • cotton bralette (1)
  • nude comfortable bra (linen t-shirt compatible) (1)
  • sports bra (1)
  • summer dresses (2)
  • running shoes (1)
  • flip flops (1)
  • travel pant (1)
  • long sleeve cotton shirt (1)
  • straw hat (1)
  • sunglasses (1)
  • shorts (2)
  • athletic shorts (1)
  • beach bag (1)
  • day purse (crossbody) (1)
  • cape style cardigan (1)
  • linen t-shirt (1)
  • tank tops (2)
  • bonus: towel that can double as beach blanket (Tofino Towel)

Wardrobe Details

Swim and Beach

A bathing suit is my Hawaiian uniform! Bringing four suits has proven to be the most practical in my experience.  (Or bring three and buy one while browsing the shops!)

You will also need a couple of comfortable and versatile dresses.  I like to bring the ones that transition easily from beach to dinner. (J. Crew or Urban Outfitters always have an excellent selection.)

A beach bag that can double as a shopper is imperative for a beach vacation.  I found an inexpensive bag that is large enough to hold a couple of towels and our beach essentials but can also serve an a great bag for grocery shopping or a trip to the local market.  The key is to find something that is large, washable and has a zip closure.  (I purchased mine here.)

Sandals.  This one used to be really difficult for me because I love shoes.  But by the end of our second trip to Maui I realized that I just didn’t wear most of the sandals that I had brought. Now I leave my Birkenstocks at home and bring a cute pair of comfortable flip-flops.  If you’re intending on fancier dinners (without kids) you may want to throw in one additional pair of shoes.

Travel Days

Your travel outfit should be one that is comfortable for you.  Travelling from YYZ to Maui involves approximately 12 hours of flight time; being uncomfortable is not an option.  I prefer to wear pants that look a bit more put together than tights and offer the functionality of pockets; ones that will also be useful for hikes or boat trips (similar here).  I wear a long sleeve  t-shirt on the plane because I don’t want anything bulky.  I find a long sleeve cotton shirt offers me warmth on the cold plane and the flexibility of a t-shirt.

All The Days in Between

Shorts!  I have a love-hate relationship with shorts.  (My legs just aren’t the best in them).  However, I love the function of a pair of well lived-in shorts when vacationing with a toddler.  My go-to is denim as they can transition easily from day (and play) to night and they are extremely low maintenance (less washing).  For those hot Hawaiian hikes through bamboo forests, I bring a pair of lightweight workout shorts (my favourite linked here)

Bras… (the one thing I would love to do without especially on a vacation in the tropics.) Having said that, my favourite are cotton bralettes for lounging (find them here).  And a supportive bra is a necessity for, well, everything else.  There is no need to overpack as you won’t likely need it very often.   I also bring a sports bra for early morning runs.

Tanks and tees.  I usually find that I bring way too many tanks and t-shirts.  So this time I reduced even further to two tanks and one t-shirt.  I choose tanks that could double as a workout top for a morning run.  Packing light is all about versatility.

In summary less is definitely more when packing for a tropical vacation.  This list has served me well on my three trips to Maui.  Have suggestions or comments?  Leave me a note below!

This post has not been sponsored.  All opinions are my own.

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