What to Bring On a Hawai’i Camping Trip—According to Locals

Our recent brand collaboration with Rumpl has us daydreaming about the endless swell, high cliffs, and lush landscape of Kaua‘i. In our minds, there’s no better destination for an epic camping trip. To give you an inside look at how kamaʻāina (native-born, locals) camp on the Islands, we put together a list of the items they never forget to pack.



Kiawe Wood


“I will always bring kiawe (mesquite) wood. I always have kiawe wood with me to stay warm and make s'mores at the campfire. I also feel like I'm doing the ‘āina (that which feeds us) a favor by helping to get rid of an invasive tree-like kiawe (Prosopis pallida). – Tiare Lawrence, Farmer/Conservationist


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A Good Blanket


"I feel that one essential item when you're camping is a good blanket. No, scratch that—it's a great blanket. It's got to be versatile, right? Here in Hawai‘i, it's got to be versatile like a pareau where it can be used as a blanket; it can be used as a ground cover; it can be used in a tablecloth; and if you need it can be used as a towel. I also have a kit just to make fire: a long lighter and a little bit of kindling like super fine steel wool. Most people donʻt realize it but super fine steel wool and a 9-volt battery will light a fire instantly. Duct tape, too. If you look at all my flashlights I have duct tape wrapped around the bottom about maybe a foot and one it letʻs me know that that's my flashlight and two duct tape is an awesome fire-starter." – Mark "Gooch" Noguchi, Chef/Culinary Analyst


P.S. If you’re looking for the perfect blanket, our Hawai‘i-inspired collaboration with Rumpl won’t disappoint.


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Water Filters


"One item I would need to bring camping is my water filter just because you can go days without food, or you probably can catch food – spearfish or something – but definitely some clean fresh water would is very important. I wouldnʻt want to forget my water filter to make sure that Iʻm hydrated. If you're hiking-in, paddling-in, or boating–into camp – wherever you're camping – then you don't have to lug a whole bunch of water with you and you can utilize the natural water sources." – Mariko Lum, Community Leader/Adventurer



Line or Rope


"One thing I always think you need to bring camping is some sort of line or rope. Whether if itʻs to tie-down the tent if it gets windy, or to make an impromptu clothesline to dry out your things so you donʻt have to bring a ton of clothes for the weekend, I always like having a good amount of line with me." – Austin Kino, Voyager/Canoe Captain


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Your Slippers


No camping trip is complete without the right equipment, and our recent collaboration with Rumpl delivers. Inspired by our love of aloha and adventure, we created a limited-edition collection of slippers and slides that are designed to roam. They’re made with the same technical materials used in sleeping bags and puffy jackets, which means they can handle the great outdoors. Grab your favorites and start exploring.


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* Due to current COVID conditions, we don’t recommend traveling to Hawaiʻi right now. Keep this list in your back pocket for future travel or use it on local trips! It is our shared kuleana (responsibility) to help keep the Islands safe. Mahalo.