Planning for your vacation can be one of the most exciting things because you get to look forward to a period of unstructured living and a break from your daily responsibilities. Aloha Vacation Villas can increase your relaxation by providing the luxury vacation rentals you need to spread out and have plenty of private space. Continue reading to learn what items you should pack for your tropical vacation, and contact us today to reserve your vacation rental in Kapalua Bay.

Multiple Swimsuits

You may have one swimsuit that is your absolute favorite, which is great, but it might not be able to handle the demands of being used on a daily basis. There is nothing quite as uncomfortable as trying to put on a wet or even a damp swimsuit. If you are from a temperate or dry climate, you might think that you can simply hang up your bathing suit or swim trunks to dry overnight. With the high humidity of our tropical climate, that just isn’t going to happen.

Many of the luxury vacation rentals that we offer have washer and dryer units, but you want to be careful about sending your swimwear through the dryer too frequently as it can increase the rate of wear and tear on the material. We recommend that you pack at least two swimsuits so that you can alternate them through the duration of your visit to Kapalua Bay.

Sunscreen

Whether or not you have been working on establishing a base tan before your Hawaiian vacation, you want to make sure that you purchase a quality sunscreen. The sun’s rays are closer, and therefore, more intense in the tropics. Don’t make the mistake of underestimating the amount of time that you can spend in the sun without risking sunburn by comparing your skin’s response to the sun in a non-tropical climate. Another thing to remember is that your sunscreen bottle should be no bigger than three ounces if you plan on packing it in a carry-on.

Light Jacket

You might be wondering why we would suggest a jacket since you’re traveling to one of the warmest regions on earth. The truth is that the temperatures can get quite cool in the evenings here on Maui. Additionally, if you’re planning an early morning hike in the mountains to watch the sunrise, or an exploration of a volcano on a guided trip, you will be glad that you followed our advice! Ideally, your light jacket can double as a rain poncho, otherwise, you should plan on packing a raincoat in addition to your light jacket. Hawaii can get quite a bit of rain during the winter.

Comfortable Footwear

Flip flops are arguably one of the most comfortable forms of footwear available, depending on the brand. If flip flops are your happy place, then make sure to pack a few so that you have different color and style options to choose from. If flip flops are not the ideal footwear for you, then be sure to choose shoes that are lightweight and comfortable.

When you think about which shoes to pack, consider this — if you can walk around all day without wishing you could take your shoes off, then those are the pairs to pack!

At Aloha Vacation Villas, we want your next trip to Kapalua Bay to be one of the best you’ve ever had! Call today to reserve the perfect luxury vacation rental for your needs and make sure to follow our packing tips.

Hawaii is undoubtedly one of the most gorgeous places on the planet. With striking tropical plant life, massive waves, miles of shoreline, and a unique and colorful culture, there is so much to love about the Hawaiian Islands. As you explore, play, and relax on the islands, don’t forget to pack a good sunblock and use it regularly.

While we hope you are able to return home with a wonderful tan, we will share our best tips for dealing with a sunburn in case you need them. When you are ready to plan your trip to Kapalua Bay in Maui, be sure to contact Aloha Vacation Villas to reserve your Hawaiian vacation rental.

Tip # 1 Cool it Down Quickly

One of the first things that you should do when you discover that you have a sunburn is to take steps to cool down your skin as quickly as possible. Since the temperatures are warmer in Maui, you’ll want to head indoors to your Hawaiian vacation rental right away to access cool water.

You can use ice to make a cool compress, but make sure that you never put the ice directly on the affected skin. Contrary to what you might think, the direct application of ice will not help cool your skin down. It may, in fact, cause a cold burn on top of your sunburn, which means more pain and damage.

Additionally, you can take a cold shower or soak in a cold bath. If you decide to take a cold shower, make sure that you do not use rubbing motions with your washcloth, loofah, or other applicators as this will cause further irritation and damage to your skin. Always use a patting motion both while showering and also when toweling off.

Tip # 2 Moisturize Your Skin While It’s Still Damp

Your skin is likely still damp when you notice the sunburn because you were either swimming in the water or sweating from sunbathing on the beach. If your skin is still damp, then make sure to gently apply a light, unscented, moisturizing lotion. Never use anything that is petroleum- or oil-based as these will actually trap the heat in, making the burn worse, and creating more pain for you. Regularly apply the moisturizing lotion as needed to minimize peeling skin.

Tip # 3 Let Your Skin Breathe

While you may have been looking forward to wearing your brand new pair of skinny jeans for the evening, this would be a bad choice for your sunburned skin. Inflammation will be setting in, which means that your body is trying to increase the flow of blood to assist with the healing process in the damaged area. Increased blood flow means that you will probably experience redness and warmth in addition to the inflammation. Tight clothing will only amplify these sensations, and could possibly lead to even more swelling and blisters.

If you didn’t pack a lot of loose clothing items, then be sure to take advantage of all of the unique local shops and take home some authentic Hawaiian clothing.

Tip # 4 Reduce Inflammation and Pain

As we just mentioned, one of your body’s primary responses to a sunburn is to begin increasing the flow of blood to the area, which is the reason for your inflammation. Inflammation, however, is often part of the reason that you experience pain and discomfort in addition to the pain from the sunburn.

There are several over-the-counter (OTC) medicines that you can take, including aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen. These are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID), which means that you can continue taking them until the pain from the sunburn and inflammation subside.

There are also steroid creams with reduced potencies that are available OTC. Make sure to look for cortisone creams that are just one percent. You can use this cream for several days to help soothe redness and swelling. Additionally, take advantage of products that contain aloe vera as this plant contains properties that have been shown to soothe burns.

Tip # 5 Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

One of the biggest impacts that a sunburn has on your body is that it draws your body’s fluid to the surface. This can cause you to quickly become dehydrated, so make sure to increase your water consumption to compensate for the loss of water caused by the sunburn. Additionally, you can enjoy foods that are naturally high water-volume foods, including watermelon, strawberries, and especially pineapple, which is abundant on this beautiful island.

At Aloha Vacation Villas, we want you to have the most fun and relaxation during your next visit to Kapalua Bay. If you get sunburned in the midst of all your fun, remember to follow our tips to help reduce effects so that you can get back to your vacation! Call today to reserve your Hawaiian Vacation Rental.

Aloha.