So, you’re finally jetting off to the beautiful shores of Maui! You’ve got hundreds of opportunities for adventure and exploration awaiting you once your plane touches down, so we know that you must be excited for what’s to come. But don’t get so wrapped up in your own excitement that you forget to pack and prepare sensibly for your trip. When you dot your Is and cross your Ts in the days leading up to your big Maui excursion, you can breathe a little bit easier in knowing that everything is taken care of.

From what to pack to how to prepare your home for your absence, we’ll discuss everything that you should do before you get on that plane.

Before You Leave

There is a lot of planning that you need to do for your vacation to kick off without a hitch! First, you need to make accommodations for your trip on the days that you are planning to schedule away from home. It pays to book as far ahead of time as possible, as this can get you some pretty decent discounts depending on when your vacation will be taking place.

Bookings and Reservations

Make sure to schedule reservations and bookings for:

  • Your hotel or resort
  • Your plane tickets – both to and from Maui
  • Any dinner reservations (for high-end dining)
  • Adventurous opportunities like skydiving, which require signup in advance
  • Private or group tours

If anything on your trip requires a reservation, we recommend booking it as early in advance as possible. Spots fill up quickly!

Pet and/or Child Care

If your pet and/or your young child won’t be going on vacation with you, you obviously need to set up some type of arrangement to have them taken care of in your absence. There are many kennels where you can board your pets for the duration of your vacation, which is a great resource if you don’t have family or friends that you can trust to keep them healthy, happy and fed while you’re gone.

Clearly, you can’t just put your kid(s) up in a kennel, so you might have to take some extra steps to ensure that your child will be cared for while you are away. This is where friends, family or a reputable local babysitter can enter the equation and ease your mind.


Nobody wants to find that their mail has gone missing during the time that they were on vacation. Coming to this realization is a great way to immediately stress as soon as you get back to your hometown, which isn’t exactly what a person wants right after their vacation. You have a couple of options here:

  • Have a neighbor, friend or family member collect your mail while you are away. This is especially helpful if you have any packages that are sent to your home during your trip.
  • Ask the post office to hold your mail until you’ve returned. You can schedule the date that normal post office service will begin again.

Other Details

You should make sure that you turn off any unnecessary electronics before you leave. Televisions, radios and other non-essentials need to be unplugged. This will cut down on power utility costs accrued during your absence. If you’re leaving at a time where your area gets very cold, keep your heat running at a lower temperature while you’re gone.

It is also a good idea to call your bank or credit union to inform them of your travel plans. Unless you’re frequently jetting off to exotic lands, you run the risk of your banking institution confusing your legit purchases for suspicious activity. And you don’t want your accounts frozen while you’re on vacation!

Having physical or digital copies of your reservations will help safeguard you against scheduling mishaps, so you should have these on-hand before you leave the house. This is true of everything, from your plane ticket reservation to the reservations for any excursions you plan to embark on while in Maui.

What to Pack

Over-packing can make going to and from quite laborious, but nobody wants to under-pack, either. You should have everything that you will need to enjoy your trip in comfort.


Hawaii boasts beautiful weather year-round, but that doesn’t mean that you can just throw some shorts and t-shirts into your luggage and forget about it. There are several occasions that may call for a different type of dress. To be safe, we recommend packing:

  • Shorts and t-shirts for casual exploration
  • Hiking shoes or boots (flip flops are a terrible idea on a hike, for instance)
  • “Nicer” dining out clothes, particularly if you want to dine at any higher-end restaurant
  • Long pants for horseback riding, ATV tours, and the unexpected chilly nights
  • A lightweight jacket with a hood, in case of rain or dropping temperatures
  • A swimsuit or two, for those sunny beach bum days
  • Flip flops or water shoes, to go to and from the beach easily


It is much easier to go from place to place around Maui when you have the right accessories. A beach bag is essential for your travels throughout the island. These large bags provide more than adequate and easy storage for everything that you need.

If you’re going to be participating in any water sports, a waterproof bag is a step above an ordinary beach bag. These bags help protect everything that may come into contact with water – including your electronics, like your camera or phone.

The bag isn’t the only accessory you’re going to want to have on-hand. Inside the bag you should have:

  • A camera, because you are going to see incredible sights that deserve to be commemorated
  • Binoculars, for checking out distant sights and bird watching
  • Sunscreen, as the days are long, and the sun is hot
  • Bug repellent
  • A flashlight for nighttime adventuring
  • Sunglasses for ocular protection from the sun
  • A hat to shield your head from the sun’s hot rays