11 travel gadgets for Maui worth splurging on

So you’re headed to Maui — congrats, you’ll love it here! To make your vacation more convenient and enjoyable, we’d like to share 11 of the coolest travel accessories around.

Portable luggage scale — Balanzza Mini USB

We’ve all been there — running late for a flight at the check in counter, crossing our fingers as we weigh our suitcase, only to have the airline rep tell us our bag is too heavy, then to embarrassingly move clothes from one bag to the next in view of everyone. Get this excellent luggage scale instead.

Mini clothesline – Going In Style Travel Laundry Clothesline Kit Model GIS-C101

Sometimes you don’t want to use the dryer to dry wet clothes, or maybe there is no dryer. Use this portable clothesline instead and dry your damp wares in the warm Hawaiian sun — saves power, too!

Toiletry kit – Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Wallaby Small

Stay super organized with all your personal hygiene items. This water-resistant kit fits a week’s worth of toiletries and fits into your carry on without issue.

Packable towel – PackTowl

Heaving your hotel or condo towels to the beach or tropical waterfall isn’t always ideal, especially if you’re hiking in. The PackTowl is portable, lightweight, and odor resistant — pretty much the perfect travel towel.

Neck pillow – TravelRest Ultimate Memory Foam Neck Pillow

Getting sleep on the plane can save you an entire day of grogginess on either end of your trip. Investing in a $30 neck pillow is a pretty smart solution. The super comfortable TravelRest neck pillow is crafted from memory foam and packs into small spaces — totally worth it.

Noise-cancelling headphones – Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones

Silence is golden, much like the sand of Maui’s beaches. If you want to reduce all noise distractions and focus on your music (or favorite podcast), spend the money on these Bose headphones. A built-in microphone lets you take calls, too.

Sleeping bag liner – Sea to Summit Silk Stretch Mummy Liner

Add a soft, warm touch of silk to your sleeping bag (or bed, it’s up to you) with the Sea to Summit silk liner. According to Outside Magazine: “Silk sleeping bag liners are…soft, compact, add a little warmth to a sleeping bag or bed, and can be used as a stand-alone sleep cover in very warm climates. They also wick moisture and dry quickly.”

Travel binoculars – Nikon Trailblazer

Binoculars are often an afterthought on a trip, and usually a regrettable one. This Nikon pair is small, lightweight and waterproof — perfect for enhancing your Hawaii sightseeing (whale watching is a big one).

Reading – Kindle Paperwhite

If you think about it, the Kindle is a true miracle of technology: how else could you carry around literally 1,000’s of books on your voyages? Unlike a tablet or smartphone — which can be deeply distracting — the Kindle is built specifically for reading. A built in soft backlight adjusts to your lighting conditions, and wireless or network connectivity gives you access to the Kindle store.

Writing – Field Notes

Writing notes by hand is still the best way to take notes. No batteries required — just a pen and some light. Field Notes are praised by notebook geeks as being cheap but high-quality, i.e., easy-to-write-over light brown rules lines, and superior paper that doesn’t bleed or feather your pen’s ink.

Sewing kit – Merchant & Mills Rapid Repair Kit

Hotel sewing kits aren’t as common these days, and even if they were they’d still have cheap thread and flimsy scissors. This Merchant & Mills sewing kit not only comes with high quality thread, scissors, needles, and more — the tin box helps you keep it all tidy and organized.

Special thanks to The Wirecutter for its fabulous curated list of the world’s best travel gadgets

We would be delighted to be part of your next Maui vacation. If we can assist you with planning your perfect Maui vacation, please contact our Sunny Maui Vacations’ team at info@sunnymauivacations.com or at 808-240-1311 Extension 21. Let us help you reserve your vacation rental condo in South Maui and assist you with island recommendations and activity planning through our in-house Concierge at 808-240-1311 Extension 71.

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