One of the first pictures I ever saw of Kauai was of the Napali Coast. I couldn’t believe shapes like those ridges existed! I knew I had to get there. During my first trip to Kauai, I never imagined how much better the ridges looked in person! Upon my most recent trip there, which you can read about here, I had the chance to see those same ridges during sunset, camp next to them and get up close and personal to the coast on a boat tour. It was magical.
Three of the five days I was on Kauai, I camped. Kauai has some of the best camping and quite a few campgrounds. There are even cabins you can camp in! Determining what gear to pack on an out of state camping trip can be difficult! When you’re visiting a place like Kauai that just so happens to be the wettest place on Earth, figuring out how to compensate for various climates doesn’t make packing much more relaxed.
Below is a list of items that I took with me on my trip, so you don’t have to figure it out for yourself! Leave a comment below and let me know what must-have items you take on your trips! Special thanks to Bionica Footwear for giving me a pair of their Nova Sandals to take on this trip!
Packing layers is important! I brought versatile items with me that had multiple uses. The Bionica Footwear Nova Sandals have a slip-resistant, flexible sole. They made for trail light-trail sandals! I appreciated their cushioned footbed too. You can find more of their sandals here. Packing more leggings/ hiking pants over shorts will keep you warm at night and will protect you from the brush on trails. You may find yourself camping in a state park that has various activities going on at once. The Napali Coast, for example, has great camping and you can do more than hike!
In my summer essentials blog and any day of the week, I’d tell you to pack as light as possible. It’ll be easy on the legs. You can always take some of these items out of your pack as you hike around, leaving them in your trunk.
Stove (you can buy propane when you get there!)
Extra Stuff Sacks
Small Dry Bag
First Aid Kit
Quick Dry Rag
What you choose to bring with you when it comes to toiletries is up to you. If there’s one thing you carry on this list, though, let it be baby wipes! They can come in handy for cleaning gear, you and other items.
Contact Lenses/ Glasses (I’m blind lol)
When camping, I find that taking lightweight gear has worked the best for travel. Backpacking tents are easy to set up and don’t take up much room in your bag. The same goes for a right sleeping pad and bag.
Folding Camp Chair
Food depends on preference. I try to fill up with fruit and veggies since they give me the energy I need. Pick snacks that you like and work for you.
Nut Butter Packets
Hardy Fruit (apples, oranges, etc.)
Tea Bags or Coffee
The items above are the lists I go off when packing for long trips. The lists have worked as a starting point for me. I hope they do for you too! Thank you Bionica Footwear for sponsoring this post. Happy trails!
All photos were edited with my Lightroom Presets which you can get here.
Dani is the Founder of Mountain Chicks and the primary author of the Mtn Chicks Blog. Here you'll find outdoor tips, travel experiences, gear reviews and more.