Essential Items Which I Took On My Hawaiian Trek America Tour

Essential Items Which I Took On My Hawaiian Trek America Tour

I spent months before my Hawaii trip searching around for what I thought I should take and making packing lists just to make sure I wasn’t kept off guard with anything. I knew the main camping essentials after years’ of festival going but the immense heat in Hawaii coupled with traveling all week did leave me questioning things. While there are some items I wished I had taken such as wet wipes which I had to buy in Wallmart and a second swimming costume, I do think I did pretty well with the items I did take. Here are some absolute essentials which I am glad I took.

Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Multi-Protecting Hydrating Mist

Knowing it would be warm I knew I wanted more than just standard sun tan lotion so on a browse in Superdrug before my trip I spotted this hydrating mist. I am a huge fan of the Garnier Moisture Bomb collection anyway and use the sheet masks and moisturizers quite a lot and when I saw it had a third off at just £6.66 I popped it into my basket. This was hands down one of the best things I’ve ever used in hotter climates. The hydrating mist can be sprayed directly onto the face – even over make up – and is refreshing so will cool you down but also protects your skin against the harsh drier weather. I used this a few times every single day and my skin never looked dehydrated, and it also has SPF30 in it so it helped with preventing my face from burning. I’m definitely going to stock up on another one of these for the summer.

Frezyderm Sun Screen Velvet Face SPF 30*

Sticking with skincare I had to mention this amazing sunscreen which I was sent just before heading to Hawaii. I’m usually pretty bad and tend to opt for the same sun screen on my face as the rest of my body but that has firmly changed now. The velvet face sunscreen from Frezyderm is transparent meaning there’s no awkwardness if you forget to rub in a little bit of cream and it’s so silky smooth to apply. It’s not just about sun protection, although it is SPF30 it gives you a matte appearance, is non-oily and is designed to prevent signs of photo aging and protects against discoloration caused by sun exposure. I used this breathable formula sunscreen every single morning when I was getting ready, and sometimes topped up in the afternoon depending on our activities and it made my skin feel so good.

Frezyderm Suncream

Mac in a bag

Having been to festivals for years I have trained myself to always carry a pack-a-mac because you never know when the heavens might open. I checked the weather forecast for Hawaii before I went and it did predict rain every single day so I panicked a little bit thinking my pack-a-mac wouldn’t quite be enough but I was absolutely fine. Only part of the island is rainy, with the other half being desert, and if it did happen this mostly was during the night which was lucky. There were a few instances when we experienced a little drizzle and this mac did the job for these times. I picked mine up from Primark a few years’ back and have seen they’re starting to get them back into the store again.

Spare camera batteries

To be honest phone charging was much easier than I thought it would be with electricity in the cabins and hostel, and a charger in the van equipped with four USB points, but charging my camera is another story. I have the Olympus Pen and to charge the battery you have to take it out and add it into the charger which is done via a mains plug and doesn’t have a USB slot so there was no way of charging this in the van. I purchased two spare batteries before going away and charged them up and they were an absolute god send for me on the trip as I could just swap them around when my battery flagged up red.

What essentials do you take away with you?


  1. April 25, 2017 / 9:45 pm

    Ooh I like the sound of the moisture bomb hydrating mist it sounds amazing and garnier always has a great range of products too x

  2. lisa prince
    April 26, 2017 / 10:53 am

    oh i love the sound of the mist its something i love and think will come in handy for me

  3. Melanie Williams
    April 26, 2017 / 12:20 pm

    These are great items most of which are very useful, but not heard of…ideal as just looking to book a summer break too Thanks 🙂 x

  4. Gareth Torrance
    April 26, 2017 / 12:28 pm

    We’re traveling to Turkey in a couple of months to see the in-laws, so tips like this are really helpful!

  5. Elodie
    April 26, 2017 / 1:51 pm

    A hydrating mist is a must when travelling – whether it’s warm or cold where you’re going, it really does a great job at giving your skin a little boost! x

  6. Alison Rost
    April 26, 2017 / 3:38 pm

    Yes to extra camera batteries .. I’ve been tripped up by this one before! Great tip to on the hydrating mist. To date I’ve been using rose water .. but I may have to give this one a try when we travel. I’ll keep an eye out the next time I’m at Target!

  7. Melanie Edjourian
    April 26, 2017 / 5:12 pm

    Loads of sun factor is what I would pack and of course batteries for the camera as you can’t have those running out if you discover something you must take a photo of.

  8. Hannah Latoya Bond
    April 27, 2017 / 9:11 am

    Some great products here for taking with you. When i travel i take loads of products with me, i dont travel light

  9. April 27, 2017 / 9:39 am

    I never leave home without my conditioner. My hair can get very difficult to manage but a good conditioner will always help.

  10. April 27, 2017 / 9:43 am

    I always take with me some spare batteries, my worst fear is not being able to take pictures when I’m away x

  11. April 27, 2017 / 11:33 am

    I must buy some extra camera batteries for my trips this year too. I always end up forgetting !

  12. April 27, 2017 / 6:29 pm

    This is a great list! I always forget something when going on holiday, I really should be more organised!

  13. Annie Bean
    April 27, 2017 / 7:18 pm

    Some good items there. I tend to pack the world for ‘just in case’s scenerios! However I can’t live without hand cream!

  14. April 27, 2017 / 8:19 pm

    I love Hydrating Mists, I use a Vichy one. They are so perfect for holidays and even just the summer when it’s a bit too hot. I didn’t know Garnier did one though

  15. April 28, 2017 / 1:38 pm

    That garner spray sounds amazing!!! and I love a good suncream recommendation. x

  16. Natasha Mairs
    April 28, 2017 / 6:46 pm

    good tip about the spare batteries, as my battery for my camera is the same. Love the sound of the Garnier moisture bomb mist

  17. April 28, 2017 / 9:42 pm

    Some great tips here, taking sun screen is very important

  18. April 29, 2017 / 6:20 pm

    I always try and bring a phone charger with me wherever I go, but I always forget extra camera batteries!

  19. April 29, 2017 / 6:27 pm

    I really like the sound of the moisture bomb mist, I’m a big fan of the line also!

  20. Mummy's Monkey
    April 29, 2017 / 6:47 pm

    Some great tips here. I’m camping for the first time in June, just me and my two year old so I need all the tips I can get!

  21. francesca
    April 30, 2017 / 6:51 am

    Unfortunatley I don’t get along with Frezyderm but A really great list of what you took!

  22. April 30, 2017 / 8:32 pm

    Fantastic list! I think the pac-a-mac is vital for every situation! Hawaii is also on my bucket list to visit!

  23. Hungry_Healthy_Happy
    May 1, 2017 / 5:41 pm

    I found that hiking shoes were essential in Hawaii. There were so many amazing hikes to go on.

  24. May 4, 2017 / 2:39 pm

    Some great essentials here, I need to look into some of these items for my next trip away – especially the hydrating mist! xo

  25. Chloe Griffiths
    May 9, 2017 / 8:35 pm

    some great essential products here for travels, hawaii is a dream for me to visit xo

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