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Taking a trip to the beautiful Hawaiian island of Maui? Lucky lady! Find out what to pack for Maui including clothing, shoes, swimwear, and accessories!
What to Pack for Maui
Written by: Sebrin Elms
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Raise your hand if you’ve daydreamed of traveling to Maui once or twice (or maybe three or four times)? Perhaps you imagined yourself hiking to a secret waterfall and jumping into the cascading water? Or maybe you pictured yourself enjoying a lava flow cocktail on one of its pristine beaches.
Whatever reason brings you to Maui, Aloha!
Read this Hawaii packing list for even more helpful tips!
Hawaii is a very laid-back culture where locals wear flip-flops and tourists bring the floppiest hats they can find. Even the most chic outfit is breezy with a bohemian or floral pattern, decked out with amazing jewels that are naturally found on the island (think pearls and shells).
Read this for our top floral print dress styles and how to wear them!
But just because the vibe is chill doesn’t mean you can’t dress up a bit! If you’re planning what to pack for Maui and want to look elegant in this beautiful landscape, put some creativity into your capsule wardrobe with prints and cuts.
For example, a vintage, floral romper or a two-piece top and skirt combo could be dressed up and still feel casual. Just remember: when in doubt, leave the heels at home!
Female travelers LOVE rompers for travel. Check out our latest capsule wardrobe collection!
Spring and Summer Weather in Maui
The optimal time to visit the island of Maui is the spring and summer months, more specifically April to September. Temperatures are in the comfortable 80s during this time and there’s very little rain.
April showers may linger, however, you’ll find this mostly on the east and west parts of the island, whereas southern and central Maui is very dry!
Start by reading these general tips on packing for spring and summer travel:
- How to Pack for Trips with Mixed Weather
- How to Layer a Summer Dress for Spring
- Best Shoes for Traveling in Spring and Fall
- Capsule Wardrobe for Summer
- Lightweight Jackets for Easy Layers
If you’re trying to avoid a horde of tourists, you’ll definitely want to travel from April to May! Maui sees a lot of family travel from June to August, so you might find the beaches a tad more crowded.
The great thing about what to pack for Maui this time of year is that you don’t need a lot of clothes. You’ll find that you have a ton of space in your luggage, especially if you use packing cubes. Unless you plan on having daily photoshoots by the beach (guilty).
Read this vacation packing list if you’re traveling for 1-2 weeks!
Longsleeve | Sleeveless | Blouse | Leggings | Denim Short | Shorts | Dress | Maxi Dress | Jumpsuit | Cardigan | Cover-Up | Bikini | Swimsuit | Wedge | Sandals | Flip Flops | Crossbody | Tote | Sunglasses | Hat
Maui Packing List
- 3-5 Tops
- 1 Legging
- 2 Shorts
- 2-3 Dresses
- 1-2 Rompers
- 2 Cover-Ups
- 1-2 Bathing Suits
- 3 Shoes
- 1 Purse and 1 Beach Bag
- 1-2 Hats
- 1-2 Sunglasses
What to Pack for Maui: Clothing
In Hawaii, you don’t need many tops, but you will need layers. It’s not that Maui is very cold, but rather wet. If you’re hiking, going to the beach, and eventually find yourself going out for lunch, you’ll need a variety of clothes.
You’ll want a rain jacket or long-sleeve for your hike, a casual top for lunch, and a bathing suit underneath to take a dip. Then again, your bathing suit top works just fine as a top itself!
The number of tops you need is really dependent on how active you are. Feel free to use a tank or tee as your pajama top as well, unless you feel like sleeping in the nude in paradise!
Find out why I love these Adea layering clothes for travel!
The only pair of pants you’ll need are leggings! You can use these for any physical activities you plan to do or to cover up a bit when it might rain. Otherwise, you’ll find pants to be a general waste of packing space.
These are the best leggings for women who travel as voted by our readers!
You may not need pants, but you still need to wear bottoms! A couple of pairs of shorts are the perfect way to beat the heat and stay comfortable. There’s no dress code here so bust out those short shorts if you feel so inclined!
These stylish summer shorts will take you from day to night, city to sea, and so much more!
You’re not going to need any bodycon or gowns on this vacation! Maui is a relaxed culture and unless you wear elegant dresses as a nightgown, you’ll find that this may not be the place for that kind of attire.
If you want to dress up for a luau or date night, think a beautiful maxi dress with gladiator sandals or wedges. The name of the game here is comfort over style (although, we can never totally give up on the style front)! 2-3 dresses are perfect for this trip.
These 2-piece maxi dress styles are a game changer for female travelers. Find out why!
Mix up your boho style with a super cute romper that matches the Hawaiian scenery! Banana leaf, floral, or striped rompers are an easy outfit to pack and work with a lot of accessories. You can pull off the nautical, tropical, or vintage vibe depending on the activity you’re participating in.
Female travelers love rompers for travel! Take a look at my latest pics with the Seychelles Romper here!
What to Pack for Maui: Accessories
Cover-ups can be anything that gives you a little coverage when going from your hotel room to the pool. We love sarongs, but kimonos, extra long shirts, and baggy dresses are the perfect way to give you a bit of salvation from the sun.
Here’s a list of cover-ups sure to amp up your swimwear style this spring and summer!
2-3 Bathing Suits
A girl can never have too many suits while traipsing around the Hawaiian Islands. But if your suitcase can’t take it, you’ll do just fine with 2-3 swimsuits.
With all the lounging in the sun, you need diverse options to avoid those tan lines! Try a standard triangle bikini, a bandeau bikini, or a trendy one-piece.
Here are the best one-piece swimsuits of the season!
Unless you want to protect your tootsies from those sharp rocks while you hike the Pools of ‘Ohe’o, you really won’t need anything other than sandals. With all of the sand and warm temperatures, you might find close-toed shoes to be a bit stifling.
Here are the most comfortable walking sandals for travel that are stylish, too!
Boho accessories are an absolute must! Since you’re not dressing in elegant dresses or gowns, you can look incredibly chic with your accessories. Think floppy hats, vintage sunnies, bangles, bohemian scarves, and delicate jewelry.
And since you’re showing so much skin, why not bring a couple of flash tats (metallic temporary tattoos) for fun? Don’t forget a purse/crossbody bag for shopping or excursions and a beach bag for all of your lounging accessories.
Fashionable summer accessories are an easy way to add style to your vacation wardrobe. Take a look at our favorites!
How to Organize Your Maui Packing List
Once you have chosen your outfits for this exciting trip, we recommend using packing cubes to organize. We designed these ourselves and they’re the only ones that have a unique color and numbering system, so it’s easy to remember where you’ve packed everything on your wardrobe list which is demonstrated in the video below!
Learn our hacks with packing cubes in this video!
We also put together a five-part YouTube series showing the different methods to use packing cubes for travel. If you use this specific packing strategy, packing cubes can also compress your belongings. This is the secret to traveling carry-on only!
What are your tips on what to pack for Maui? Share and comment below!
We also recommend these packing tips for Hawaii:
- How to Pack in One Bag, Carryon Only
- 11 Fashionable and Versatile Beach Sandals
- The Best Beach Towels for Travel
- Beach Dresses You Can Wear On and off the Sand
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Author Bio: Sebrin is a newlywed, flower child, and travel-obsessed blogger. When Sebrin isn’t traipsing the globe with her husband, you can find her curled up with a book, snuggling with her kitty babies, or binge-watching Netflix. Follow along her travels on Instagram @theclumsytraveler or her blog!