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.
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.