What to Pack For Kauai


Brimming with natural beauty and scenery that will take your breath away, one of the best things about taking a trip to Kauai is that you don’t need to pack much. Visiting a tropical island and immersing yourself in the great outdoors means that just shorts and a t-shirt will do just fine!

With its diverse habitat and stable weather patterns, Kauai usually reaches daytime temperatures of 21-26°F with nighttime temperatures at about 15-21°F. Which side of Kauai you choose to visit will determine what you need to pack, as the south side is known to be sunnier with less rainfall than the north, while the north is much wetter and a great example of why this part of Hawaii is known as ‘the garden isle’.

If you’ve got a vacation to the island planned and are struggling to know what to bring, our suggested packing list for Kauai should help you gather all the essentials to include so you can get the most out of your trip to this tropical paradise.

What to Bring to Kauai

Here we have compiled a list of the essentials you need to pack for a trip to Kauai:

  • Casual clothes (shorts, t-shirts)
  • Sandals
  • Light rain jacket
  • Backpack or convenient bag
  • Beach Towel
  • Sun Hat
  • Electronics Charger
  • Sunscreen
  • Cover-up (for extra-sunny days)
  • Camera (or phone)
  • Photo ID
  • Medication
  • Water bottle
  • Hiking shoes or comfy trainers
  • Sunglasses

What’s great about packing for Kauai is that if you forget something, you don’t have to worry as the island has a variety of shops where you can pick up any extra items you may need.


A Week in Kauai

For a week in Kauai, you will want to pack all the essential items above, with enough clothes to last you for seven days on the island. If you’ve visiting in the summer, be aware that humidity during the day is high, so you may feel more comfortable changing into fresh clothes in the evening if you’ve been out and about.

It is important to bear in mind that Kauai offers many exciting activities on the island, from horseback riding, ziplining, mountain-tubing to some of the best hikes in the world. You might want to take into consideration what you plan on doing whilst visiting the island so that you can pack accordingly.

Packing List for Kauai in Summer

Kauai’s regular rainfall has allowed vegetation to thrive, creating one of the most stunning islands on the planet. However, in summer this creates high levels of humidity along with high temperatures, so you’ll want to bring plenty of cool clothes if you’re visiting at this time of year.

When packing for summer in Kauai, make sure you include lightweight items such as shorts, t-shirts, summer dresses and flip-flops! And of course, don’t forget your swimsuit!

Packing List for Kauai in Winter

With heavier rains and slightly lower temperatures, Kauai’s winters create the perfect environment for those who are seeking out an adventure, as the climate is much more suited to getting active. The rainfall in winter also makes Kauai’s waterfalls and tropical rainforests that bit more impressive, although you’ll need to be prepared for the frequent showers and storms.

When packing for winter in Kauai, make sure to bring a light pack-away waterproof jacket to give you protection if you get caught in one of the island’s famous rain showers. If you’re planning on hiking during your visit, add sturdy hiking boots to your packing list as well.

Wind in Kauai


A visit to Kauai is an unforgettable experience, with its stunning vistas and range of adrenaline-fueled activities that are on offer. We hope that this guide has made your trip to Kauai a little easier now you know what you will need to pack when visiting this beautiful island.

If you’re planning a trip to Kauai, Pure Kauai offers a range of stunning accommodation options to choose from. Get in touch with our team to find out more, or browse our range of properties on the island here.

Published on Wednesday, November 16, 2022