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How to pack only a carry-on for your Hawai'i vacation

If you're planning a trip to Hawai'i, packing can be exciting and stressful, especially if you're trying to fit everything into a carry-on bag! However, packing light has its advantages, like saving money on baggage fees and avoiding the hassle of waiting for your luggage when you land at the airport. 

Here are some tips to help you pack smart for your Hawaiian vacation: First, make a list of everything you need to bring, and then go through it again to see what you can eliminate. This might surprise you, but Hawai'i is a casual destination – even when going out for nice dinners! So pack lightweight clothing, like cotton and linen – good options for hot and humid weather, which we experience here often. 

Think about versatility – can you wear the t-shirt or sundress you wore to lunch as a beach cover-up, too? Maybe your casual sandals do well at the beach, and also can be dressed up for a nice dinner out! Don't forget to pack one or two swimsuits (a sporty one and a lounging one), a hat that's versatile for both the beach and hiking, sunglasses, as well as a light jacket or sweater for early mornings and cooler evenings. When it comes to toiletries, pack mini sizes or buy travel-size options when you arrive. There are grocery stores everywhere around the island, but especially near the airport where you can find numerous drug stores and grocery stores for your food and toiletry needs. When packing electronics, bring only the essentials. You're looking to disconnect on vacation, right?! Your phone, a tablet (or book), headphones and portable charger should suffice. Don't forget to pack a universal power adapter if you're coming from outside of the US! 

As you put everything in your suitcase, consider using packing cubes to keep things organized and compacted. Use a large one for clothing, a medium for undergarments and swimsuits, and a small for toiletries. Finally, wear your heaviest clothing on the plane, such as a pair of sneakers or a jacket. This will free up space in your carry-on bag. Remember, packing light is an art, but with a little planning, you can enjoy stress-free travel (sans bulky luggage) to your destination in beautiful Hawai'i!

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