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If you’re unsure what to pack for Maui you’ll find this packing list helpful, specifically if you’re visiting between the months of November to April. Maui during the winter or rainy season is still a good time to visit, granted you pack appropriate rain gear for days when the weather takes a turn. This list identifies how to keep your belongings dry, safe and gives advice on what to wear while you’re in Maui.
While the term ‘rainy season’ may sound a bit intimidating it doesn’t mean you wont be able to enjoy your holiday, and it definitely wont be raining all day, everyday. Even on those rainy days you’ll still get to see the island in all its glory. Due to the on and off rain though you’ll want to be careful in what you pack and how your dress for certain activites such as hiking.
The packing list below is for a 1-2 week holiday, with either some handwashing or use of laundry facilities assumed. If you want to add extra items you can, just keep your airline’s weight limits in mind. Read on to find out what to pack for Maui.
When to Visit Maui: Weather and Seasons
Maui, one of the more popular islands in Hawaii is wonderfully warm and sunny all year around.
What to wear in Summer in Maui: Typically summers average between 70 and 85 degrees F (21-33 Celsius), and they’re not too harsh. Technically Hawaii only has two seasons but April to May and September to October could be described as transition periods between the dry and rainy season. In summer stick to lightweight clothing for the beach or moisture wicking fabrics for hiking.
What to wear in Winter in Maui: Maui is also nice to visit in winter, otherwise named the rainy season. In April the rains calm down and the climate is just right, likewise at the very start of Winter where the weather is cooler for nature lovers who want to bathe in the warmth of crisp days just ahead of the rainy season. It wont rain all day everyday but its very likely you’ll encounter periods of rain during your trip. Be prepared however – perhaps consider bringing an umbrella anyway. Temperatures may get down to mid 60’s F / 15 C at night but generally you’ll see similar temperatures to summer, 70-80F / 21-30 C.
What to Wear in Maui in Winter
How to dress for Maui in winter:
- 1-2 pairs of sneakers or hiking boots
- 1 pair of flipflops: for showers
- 1-2 pairs of sandals
- 1 pair of nicer boots for evenings, nights out
- 2 plastic ponchos: especially handy if you don’t want to buy / carry a rain jacket around
- 3-7 pairs of underwear: these are easy hand wash targets
- 3-5 bras: sports bras or active crop tops will work wonderfully for hikes
- 2-3 swimsuits
- 3-7 tops
- 2-3 dresses
- 1-2 pairs of pants
- 1-3 pairs of shorts
- 1-2 pairs of leggings: great for hikes
- 1-2 sweaters
- 1 x rain jacket: great for hikes on drizzly days
- 1-2 pajamas
- 1 hat
- 2-4 pairs of socks
- 1 x jacket: something more stylish for the evenings and early mornings
- 1 x umbrella
- Waterproof bag cover: for when its wet out
- 1 towels: your hotel will likely have towels but its good to have one for beach days
What to Pack for Maui in Winter: Other Items
Travel Insurance for Maui
It’s important to get travel insurance when you’re traveling incase something goes wrong on your trip. This can include getting into an accident, having your camera stolen or when the airline misplaces your luggage.
I recommend World Nomads as they’re what I use and I’ve been happy with them. As with any insurance read the terms carefully to see what’s covered and you can add different excesses for more valuable items. Read about the claiming process prior to booking as well so you know what to do if something goes wrong.
You can find more information about them here or try out the quote estimator above.
Safety and Health in Maui
Hawaii, and more specifically Maui, is quite safe for tourists. There are obvious things to watch out for as you would with any beach related destination, such as making sure you don’t over expose yourself to the sun and staying clear of rips. If you’re a surfer also make sure you’re aware of surfing ettiquite on the island and any safety concerns specific to the area you’re surfing in (ask you hotel / guide).
Use the safes and lockers in your accommodation to keep your valuables safe and if you feel unsafe in an area, leave it. Don’t leave your belongings out of sight at cafes or shops. Common sense things like that will lower your risk of theft.
Health wise you wont have too much trouble accessing a doctor or purchasing medicine on the island. Your receptionist or concierge should be your first contact if you need advice on either of those things.