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How to avoid a sunburn
  1. Stay out of the sun completely. That's not easy to do in Hawaii.
  2. Limit outdoor activities between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.. Play golf, lay in the sun, swim, etc., in the early morning or late afternoon.
  3. If you must sunbathe get some sun before you visit Hawaii. The Hawaiian sun is very dangerous to pale skin.
  4. Beware of cloudy days. Clouds and particulate matter in the air scatter sunlight. You can still burn even on a cloudy day.
  5. Wear a good pair of sun glasses and some kind of protection -- the looser the better -- on your head.
  6. If you are among those likely to burn, use a sun block with a PF of 15 or greater. An ounce of sun block will effectively cover your entire body.
  7. Apply sun block at least 15 to 30 minutes before venturing out into the sun and re-apply at least every two hours especially if you have been swimming or perspiring.
  8. Use sun blocks with higher PFs on areas that need extra protection like the tip of your nose, your ears, the tops of your feet, and your shoulders.
  9. Do not use sun block on your lips. Instead, use only sun protection products designed specifically for lips.
  10. Protect your children. Keep them from excessive sun exposure when the sun is strongest and apply sunscreen liberally and frequently to children 6 months of age and older.
  11. Do not use sunscreen on children under 6 months of age. Parents with children under 6 months of age should severely limit their children's sun exposure.
  1. Sand and water reflect UV radiation, which means being in the shade under a beach umbrella does not provide complete protection.
  2. Check with your doctor to make sure that some of the medications you are on do not actually make you more susceptible to sunburn.

How to avoid jet lag
  1. Eliminate stress and anxiety as much as possible before you fly. Get plenty of exercise before your trip and try to avoid getting a cold.
  2. Eat plenty of starch, carbohydrates and greens before you travel
  3. Get plenty of sleep the night before your trip and wear comfortable clothing during your flight.
  4. Set your watch to the time of your destination (Hawaii or home) before your board the plane.
  5. Drink lots of water before, during and after your flight - 8 to 12 ounces every hour is recommended. The dry air in aircraft causes dehydration.
  6. Yawn or chew gum to alleviate the pressure build up in your ears especially during takeoff and landing.
  7. Avoid alcohol, coffee or other caffeine products before and during your flight.
  8. Eat meals at times that are as close a possible to meal times at your destination.
  9. Consider carefully whether you wish to use a product like no-jet lag (homeopathic) or melatonin. Be sure to read up on any product before your consider using it.
  10. Use earphones to listen to music or earplugs to reduce cabin noise, which tends to be stressful and brings on fatigue. Kick off your shoes and try to get some sleep.
  11. Get up and walk around the cabin when possible or do some exercises in your seat to stretch your muscles and keep your circulation flowing.
  12. During extended layoverwill do just fine. A sports jacket is only needed at the most upscale restaurants.
  13. Sun block, insect repellent, sunglasses and a havacation by getting a sunburn.
  14. If you plan to explore Hawaiit are a must. The sun is very intense in Hawaii and you dons on long flights see if a shower is available. A shower can help ease your muscles and make you feel much better.
  15. When you arrive in Hawaii try to stay awake until your normal bedtime (local time). This will get you onto Hawaiian time very quickly so that your first full day is novacation by getting a sunburn.
  16. If you plan to explore Hawaiit wasted.
  1. What you do before your trip is as important as what you do during the flight. Avoiding jet lag begins days, even weeks before your trip.
  2. Rest, drink water, keep your blood flowing - the three key things to keep in mind.
  3. Try to adjust to the local time of your destination when you begin your flight.

How to pack for a trip to Hawaii

Many folks are really confused about how to pack for a one- or two-week trip thousands of miles from home. We hope that these few ideas will help you out.

  1. Remember that Hawaii has a tropical climate. The temperatures vary only about 10 degrees. If you are visiting the windward side of the islands you will see some rain so plan accordingly.
  2. Evenings can be cool especially if there is a breeze. Be sure to bring a sweater or light jacket.
  3. If you plan to explore the higher elevations such as Haleakala or Mauna Kea, you may wish to bring a warm sweater and windbreaker also. Temperatures at the summits can drop to the low 30's.
  4. Swimsuits are a must as are shorts, short-sleeved shirts, light dresses, sandals, thongs and some good walking shoes. If you plan on riding horseback, be sure to bring some jeans and heavy shoes.
  5. There is no real need for a suit in Hawaii. Even at most fancy restaurants and night spots a nice shirt and pair of khaki's or Dockers will do just fine. A sports jacket is only needed at the most upscale restaurants.
  6. Sun block, insect repellent, sunglasses and a hat are a must. The sun is very intense in Hawaii and you don't want to ruin your vacation by getting a sunburn.
  7. If you plan to explore Hawaii's waters bring your snorkel and mask or better yet wait until you arrive. These can be rented very cheaply and often are available for free at many hotels.
  8. Leave ample room to bring things back. Most tourists buy some aloha-wear and other souvenirs that you won't find on the mainland. Remember that you can ship items home also, which is often much easier.
  9. Hawaii is the most beautiful place on earth. Remember your camera, film, extra batteries, and x-ray protected film bag. You will find a lot of use for your video camera also.
  10. Put important papers (tickets, reservation confirmations, travelers checks), all medications, spare glasses, a change of clothing and any other valuables in your carry-on bag.
  11. Don't forget your favorite tour book. You've probably purchases one or two to help you plan your trip. The Moon Publications Hawaii Handbook is an excellent all-round guidebook.
  12. Consider whether you may need any of these specialty items: binoculars, hair dryer, inflatable raft, portable radio, or travel iron.  
  1. Don't over-pack. Travel as lightly as possible.
  2. Leave plenty of room in your suitcase for all of the things you will bring home.
  3. Make a list of things to bring and check the list before you leave home.

How to get around in Hawaii

There are many different ways to get around and explore Hawaii. Some are obvious but there are some that may not have crossed your mind.

  1. Take a shuttle to get to and from the airport. They are much less expensive than regular taxis. Taxi fares are not regulated, so the prices vary greatly.
  2. Rent a car and drive around the islands. It's the best way to see the real Hawaii. Make frequent stops.
  3. On Oahu take TheBus, Oahu's excellent public transportation system.
  4. On Oahu take the Waikiki Trolley which makes stops at key places.
  5. A self-guided walking tour is a great way to explore downtown Honolulu on Oahu, Hanalei on Kauai, Lahaina on Maui or Hilo on the Big Island.
  6. Take a hike. There are many wonderful hiking trails. You can even hike to the top of Diamond Head on Oahu.
  7. Take Aloha Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines or Aloha's Island Air to fly from island to island. If you plan on making several inter-island trips Aloha has a special six-flight coupon book.
  8. A day tour to one of the islands with Polynesian Adventure Tours is well worth the money. Airfare and tour bus are included in the price.
  9. Take a helicopter to really see some of the out-of-the-way places. You can see Kauai's beautiful Na Pali coast or fly over Kilauea volcano on the Big Island.
  10. Take the "Expeditions" ferry from Maui to Lanai.
  11. Consider a full week cruise on Hawaiian Cruise Lines.
  1. Many tourists just go to Hawaii and never leave Waikiki. If you do so, you are missing much of Hawaii.
  2. Renting a car is by far the best way to see the islands. Be courteous and remember that things move at a different pace in Hawaii.
  3. Look for discount air coupons for inter-island flights. You can save lots of money.
Last updated: 3 Apr 2006, 8:21 am