Essential Gear & Equipment for Hawaii Hiking

Essential Gear and Equipment for Hawaii Hiking

Brightly Colored Article

Anything brightly colored that can be waved to attract rescuers' attention.


The sound of a whistle travels farther and louder and will last longer than your voice. Don't hike without one.

Space Blanket

If stranded out on the trail, your biggest danger is loss of body heat. A space blanket is a lightweight and compact mylar-coated sheet that will keep you warm and dry.


Boots offer traction and ankle support to help prevent slipping and injuries.

First Aid Kit

At the very least, carry band-aids and antiseptic.

2 Liters of Water

Carry at least 2 liters of water per person for a full-day hike; more if it's a long hike on a hot day. More is usually better.

Use a Daypack or Waistpack

Keep your hands free and unemcumbered; you'll need to use them.

Other Equipment

A cellular phone, flashlight, rain gear, signal mirror, nylon cord, knife, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, and food can be useful things to carry.

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