In our last post, we announced the reopening of Volcanoes National Park which closed on May 11 due to unprecedented volcanic activity. Excited? So are we. After a memorable opening on September 22 – National Parks Day – we’re excited to welcome guests visiting the park.

Planning a trip to Kilauea? Let us help you pack. Here’s your all-inclusive packing list for Volcanoes National Park hikes, complete with must-have items you’ll need for a safe and enjoyable vacation.

A Good Day Pack

A good day pack is very important. Look for one that holds 11–20 liters for short, simple hikes, while something bigger is better for treks where more food, water, clothing, and gear is required. Try to find something that is water-resistant, lightweight and comfortable to wear.

Conditions Appropriate Clothing and Footwear

Check the forecast and make sure to dress accordingly. It’s also a good idea to be prepared for changing weather. Make sure you have enough protection from the sun and unexpected rain showers. For footwear, decide what to bring based on the terrain. Easy and smooth hikes require less support so trail runners may work great. For treks on rugged trails, boots will likely be a better option.

Food and Water

Pack high-protein snacks like energy bars, jerky, and nuts. Some people like to bring a sandwich and fruit too. For water, you can usually start with about two liters per person per day. However, it’s a good idea to adjust the amount based on hike intensity, weather conditions, age, and body type.

A Trail Map and Compass

Start with these basics but know that the type of hike you take and personal preferences should determine what to bring.

Emergency and First Aid

Hopefully, you won’t have an emergency or need first-aid supplies, but you never know. Here’s what’s generally recommended by avid hikers.

  • Small first-aid kit
  • Lighter/matches
  • Emergency shelter
  • Whistle

Universal Waterproof Phone Case

A waterproof phone case is must if you want to bring your phone anywhere where it can get wet or damaged by the elements.

Reef Safe Sunscreen (even if you won’t be swimming)

We all know sunscreen is important, especially in the hot sun of Hawaii. So, make sure to pack plenty of reef safe sunscreen ONLY. This is certified safe for reefs and turtles too. Hawaii has a very fragile ecosystem and studies have shown that the chemicals in traditional sunscreens destroy the coral reef! In fact, there are even plans to ban oxybenzone-based sunscreen from Hawaii altogether.

Mosquito Repellant (wristbands and spray)

You’ll want to protect yourself against mosquito bites. Natural insect-repelling wristbands last up to 300 hours but we also recommend using insect repellent spray to really minimize your chances of being bitten.

Day Hike Extras

These extras may or may not be necessary, but consider bringing them, anyway. In Volcanoes National Park, you’re sure to see some amazing sights so binoculars and a camera could definitely come in handy.

  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Interpretive field guide
  • Outdoor journal with pen/pencil
  • Binoculars
  • Two-way radios

Kilauea Hospitality Group is nestled just short 3 miles from the entrance of Volcanoes National Park in a tropical rain forest. To learn more about our many accommodation options, visit our Properties & Rooms page. You can also visit our Activities page to learn more about fun things to do once you’re here.