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For good reason, Hawaii is one of the most popular destinations in the world. It’s got everything you’d want from a tropical getaway: crystal clear waters, sandy beaches, palm trees that kiss the sky… and did I mention those beaches? If you’re lucky enough to score solo travel to Hawaii this year (or any year), there are some things you’ll want to do beforehand to make sure your trip goes as smoothly as possible. Here’s what we recommend:

Getting ready to travel to Hawaii

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Before you book your ticket, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Check the weather. If you’re flying into Hawaii, the first thing to check is what it’s like right now. You don’t want to arrive in paradise only to find out that you need snow gear and an umbrella! While we’ve already looked at this with our previous guide, here’s another way of doing it:
  • Check the airline website and search for flights from Arizona (or your destination city) while searching by month or year (for example, October 2020). This will give you an idea of what temperatures they’re expecting during that time of year. Then add 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit) because Hawaii is warmer than the mainland USA. If the temperature looks like it’ll be too cold for swimming, then bring more clothes than usual, just in case!

Packing for the trip

When packing for your trip, keep in mind that the weather changes dramatically throughout the year. If you are going to Hawaii in the winter (December through February), pack warm clothes. In summer (March through May and September through November), pack light clothes. The spring and fall months (April through August) will require both warm and light clothing.

Booking the tickets and hotel

Booking the tickets and hotel as soon as you can is one of the most important things to do when planning a trip. If you book early, you will get a better deal on your flights, hotels, and car rentals. When booking late, though, it may be difficult to find availability since many people will have already booked their flights. If you don’t book at all, though, then there is no chance that anything will be available – so make sure everything gets booked!

Packing up your life in Arizona before the trip

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It’s time to pack up your life in Arizona before the trip. Here is what you need:

  • Clothes, clothes, and more clothes. Pack all of them. You’ll be wearing them every day for 7 days straight (and 8 if you’re going to Maui).
  • Toiletries, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant/antiperspirant, shampoo/conditioner, face wash/moisturizer… You know the drill!
  • Electronics—your computer (if you travel with one), phone charger(s), headphones (unnecessary, but nice). As far as electronics go, bring nothing that requires a plug converter or adapter! If you need something like this for your camera, then check out PlugSmart which has been tested by us at The Roaming Life and works great! This way, instead of having three different plugs from three different countries (we think Canada uses American ones too) we just have one universal plug that works everywhere!

What you need to do before you go on your awesome vacation

  • Book your flights and hotel.
  • Pack up your life in Arizona before the trip.
  • Get travel documents in order.
  • Get travel insurance in place.

In addition to these things, here’s a list of what you should pack for Hawaii:


I hope that you’re as excited to go on solo travel to Hawaii as I am. It can be a lot of work to get ready, but it will definitely be worth it in the end. Just remember that these tips are just guidelines, and you don’t have to do them all if they don’t fit into your budget or time constraints! If some things seem more important than others, then focus on those before moving on to anything else.