Things to Bring to the Beach




Beaches are fun. And while time in the sun is just about always a great way to spend the day, not having the right stuff when you start digging your feet in the sand is the best way to rain on your otherwise rainy day. On this page, you'll find our comprehensive list of beach gear that we like to check against when we go out to hit the sand and surf.

Here's a list of our recommend things to bring to the beach on Maui:


Obvious, but we've forgotten it before. You could always swim in your clothes though.


While it's easy to air dry in the warmth of Maui's sun, there are a handful of great easy and packable options that will help you dry off and relax on the beach. And that's the way it should be.



There's just about zero chance that you will not get sand in your shoes. Sandals are the way to go on the island. Merrell's are a great option because they protect the feet like shoes and are rinsable and are still open like sandals. The best of both worlds.


It's sunny on Maui. You will probably find this recommendation the most helpful. Good sunglasses are an investment, but Maui Jim's are a brand that backs their product and takes care of their customers. If they break, you can mail them in for a new pair at a price of $60 and sometimes they'll give you a new pair for free.

Bug Repellent

Something we never leave without. Maui is full of beauty. Lush, green, bountiful. One could speculate as to any reason for this utopian rock that is an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. But one thing is for sure. Maui is wet. This allows for the growth of all of the beautiful foliage and plants, but it also helps insects and bugs grow. To make your hiking and outings as comfortable and as enjoyable as possible, you don't want to leave without a stash of bug repellant. This bug repellant is an all natural formula, made with essential oils. A few drops here and there and those bugs won't bother you the least. 

This is a must.

Dry Bag 

Maui being the wet place it is, you'll want to protect you gear from the moisture and, possibly in the case of electronics, being destroyed. A dry bag is just the thing you need. Amazon has plenty of options, but make sure you go for one that has at least 400D and if you're the kind of hiker that enjoys to go off the beaten path, make sure it's submersible. There are plenty of hikes that you may have to (or better said, to have the good fortune to) swim to get to the final destination. Even if you're not swimming, rain is not uncommon. It's also great for the beach.


This is one of the better masks for snorkeling. One of the most significant things to consider when choosing a mask is comfort and how long you can use it before it starts to get uncomfortable. This is one of the most comfortable masks we've tried and it comes with a neoprene strap so that the rubber isn't pulling on your hair on the back of your head.


While still a quality mask, here's a less expensive option.



If you're not used to ocean water or using fins, you'll be amazed at the difference. For every one kick while wearing the fins, it would take the average person three or four kicks without them. And if you're looking to do a little exploring underwater, good fins are a must. For freediving, the longer the fins, there better.


Camera or Drone

You'll always have your memories. It's nice to have a backup plan though. Share your memories with loved ones with a quality camera. GoPro's are great for the adventures and DJI's Mavic is the ultimate travel drone, able to fold up into the size of a water bottle. They both come with a higher than easy-to-swallow price, but life is about the memories and experiences. These memories are worth that cost.

This is also a great option for those looking to save a little money. The quality isn't as good as the GoPro 5, however if you are willing to sacrifice a little of the quality for a lot of the money, you can get this 4k camera with a waterproof housing for around $70.


Waterproof Phone Case

Your phone is your lifeline. Especially now, when going without the phone for longer than an hour seems like you stranded yourself on an island (which is not necessarily a bad thing.) Protect your phone with a little insurance and use a waterproof phone case. This is a one-size-fits-all type deal and they tend to have a lifespan so don't abuse them too much. They're cheap enough you could get a couple for when they start to deteriorate. Best course of action is to swap them out after a handful of uses, but we have used one for as long as a month before without issue. Use your discretion, but if we can offer some advice, use one of these.



Water shoes

When you're in the ocean, you'll see a lot of different kinds of Marine life. Fish, coral, sea urchins. There are times when you may get swept away by the water or get taken by a rogue wave. In order to protect your feet from getting sliced up, it would be a good idea to have some water shoes on. These Vibram Fivefingers offer great protection for the feet, make it feel as if you're barefoot and keep your feet from getting lacerated if (and eventually when) you get swept away.

Food / Snacks

Dried Mango



External Battery Charger / Solar Charger

It's easy to forget your electronics need a charge to run, until they run out of power. This nifty device allows you to bring an extra full charge or two anywhere and, if you're there long enough, you can charge it out there in the sun. Water resistant and dust proof, this little beast is just what you need for your time in the outdoors.


Nook / Kobo Aura H20 Ereader

Maui Revealed

This is a good portable book that you can take anywhere that will tell you of a good chunk of the things-to-do's on Maui. You don't have to worry about keeping it charged, either. Plan your next adventure while sitting on the beach.


Water Filter or Camelbak

It's easy to let the thought lapse that water is not an issue, being surrounded by water and all. It is important to stay hydrated while hiking around. Using a camelbak is a simple way to make sure you have a water supply for you and your plus one. If you want to go really minimalistic, you can use a water filter such as the Sawyer Water filter or Lifestraw, but make sure you only use it on fresh water inland. It doesn't work on sea water.

Hydroflask 64


Yeti 64






There are tons of different types of sunscreen, but many of them are not a good choice. Of the things to consider, the most important are your health and the wellbeing of the planet and the environment. All natural products don't always get the best rap, but there are some out there that really beneficial to use. This all natural product doesn't have any of the chemicals that many of the sunscreens in the drugstores have that are harmful to both your body and to the ocean and the marine life. If you want to help preserve the beauty of the island for generations to come, so your children can enjoy this magnificent place just as you will and have, take care to use products that preserve it.


Inflatable SUP

Inflatable standup paddleboards are great. They fold up to the size of a small backpack, so you can throw it and the pump in trunk and forget about it until you want to use it. It needs the special high-pressure pump to fill up the paddleboard to the point where it feels solid and sturdy, but when it's pumped fully, you would barely notice that it's inflatable when standing on it.




Beach Toys (Frisbee)


Wetsuit top


Surf Leggings for Women

This was a recommendation for this list by one of the surf instructors with our favorite Surf Academy, Maui Surfer Girls. Not unlike a wetsuit, it helps keep you warm, acts as sun protection and just adds some style to your ride.


First Aid Kit

Be safe. Carry a first aid kit with you so that in the unfortunate event that something happens, you'll get out of there in one piece or you'll be the hero who helps another do so.



If there's one thing on this list that has a thousand uses, it's paracord. We always keep a bracelet on us and on our bag in the even that our shoes fall apart, our bag breaks, we need to hang up a hammock, we're falling from a cliff…it comes in handy.


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