What To Pack For A Honeymoon In Hawaii

Q. I will be going on my honeymoon from July 10-20 and I need some advice as to what to pack. We are going to Hawaii and we will be spending the first three nights in Honolulu, and then the rest of the trip on the island of Kauai (more remote and quiet). We are a young active couple in our mid twenties and our activities will be very active, but there will also be down time and nice romantic dinners, the beach, etc. I am petite (5’1, 120lbs) and not really into too-sporty styles. Any advice on stylish outfits and clothes for the most memorable trip of my life?


A. Obviously, you want to look good for all those photos you’ll be taking. For a honeymoon I change my usual packing advice about keeping to three neutral colors and simplicity. For evenings, wear lightweight sundresses and for days of activities, pack shorts, tanks and vintage style tees. Skip jeans and pack stylish khakis or white pants and skirts. Pack double the amount of tops to bottoms. You can wear pants and skirts twice with fresh colorful tops before tossing in the laundry bag. Pack three swimsuits so you can continually switch them. Pack a clutch for dinners, a tote for the beach or pool and use that same bag for shopping or day excursions. Pack strappy heels, sneakers, flip flops or thong sandals and a low or flat sandals or espadrille. And don’t forget some pretty lingerie. Extra tips —pack an extra pair of sunglasses in case you lose a pair and you can always wash intimates with a little shampoo and hang in the shower overnight to dry.

Striped Sylvan dressStrapless Smocked Jersey Dress from Nicole MillerGrace Eyelet Dress

Pack a few day to evening dresses that can be worn with flip flops or wedge sandals, left to right: Striped Sylvan dress, $148 at jcrew.com; Strapless Smocked Jersey Dress from Nicole Miller, $255 at edressme.com; Grace Eyelet Dress, $44.50 at delias.com

Love Squared Drawstring Tube TopGingham ruffle halterStretch twill short

Pack a variety of tops that can be paired with shorts worn multiple times, left to right: Love Squared Drawstring Tube Top, $26 at nordstrom.com; Gingham ruffle halter, $78 at jcrew.com; Stretch twill short, $60 at jcrew.com

 Three Tier Print CamiTory Burch Frederick Pants

left to right: Three Tier Print Cami, $78 at ardenb.com; Tory Burch Frederick Pants, $235 at bloomingdales.com

Susina® Pointelle CardiganZinc Patchwork SkirtRialto boatneck sweaterNick & Mo Tab Front Skirt

left to right: Susina Pointelle Cardigan, $36 at nordstrom.com; Zinc Patchwork Skirt, $42 at nordstrom.com; Rialto boatneck sweater, $68 at jcrew.com; Nick & Mo Tab Front Skirt, $42 at nordstrom.com

  • Anne (in Reno)

    I wouldn’t pack any pants at all. You will not be cold unless you’re on the plane and you will not want sneakers unless you’re doing a lot of really active stuff (I brought a pair of Keens when I went, for walking and hiking, got much more use out of them than out of sneakers – you won’t ever want to put socks on!). You will want to spend all your time in skirts and pareos/sarongs since it is so hot and humid, they are much more comfortable than shorts and super easy to pack. I just got back 3 weeks ago and the one thing I was glad I had was a light cardigan for over all those sundresses during late-night walks on the beach.

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