Are you planning a babymoon to Hawaii? Let's talk about what you'll need to pack for this exciting trip. It's not just about swimsuits and flip flops; a babymoon requires some extra thought to make sure both you and your bump are comfortable, healthy, and ready to enjoy the Hawaiian sun. Don't worry, packing doesn't have to be a chore - let's make it a fun part of your tropical getaway!
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Comfortable maternity clothes:
When you're planning a trip to Hawaii while pregnant, it's important to keep in mind that the tropical climate can make things a bit more uncomfortable for expecting moms. So, making sure you have the right wardrobe is crucial to guaranteeing a comfy and enjoyable vacation.
Make sure you bring lots of maternity clothes for hot weather. Consider light casual dresses, tunics, and flexible shorts that will accommodate your growing bump.
Here are few of my picks:
For my babymoon, I ended up just getting one size up bikinis from Target. Usually I would wear a small, but ended up getting a medium... So, make that target run and pick a bikini you like, or grab a maternity swimwear like these ones:
Most swim coverups are fairly loose and any one of them might work in quickly throwing something over your swimwear to go up to the hotel rooms, or to go get an ice cream from the beach!
A broad-brimmed hat and sunglasses:
Protect yourself from those intense Hawaiian rays. Whenever I visit Hawaii, I do feel like I get so easily tanned. If you are like me, protect yourself with broad brimmed hats at the beach.
Sunglasses are a must-have for any beach vacation, but especially for pregnant women. The increased hormones during pregnancy can make eyes more sensitive to sunlight. Invest in a pair of polarized sunglasses to protect your eyes while also reducing glare from the water.
Hawaii only allows reef safe sunscreens to protect their beautiful coral reefs. It's also important to pack sunscreen that is safe for both you and the ocean. Hawaii only allows reef-safe sunscreens to protect their beautiful coral reefs. Luckily, there are many reef-safe options available on the market now. I tend to go for Korean sunscreens since I know they are reefsafe and they feel like lotion on my face when I apply them. But my other go-to is Babybum. Make sure to read the labels and avoid any sunscreens with harmful chemicals such as oxybenzone and octinoxate. Here are my picks:
Hawaii also has mosquitoes and protecting yourself from them, especially while you are walking around outdoors in the evening, would be so important!
You would want to use DEET free mosquito repellents like this one:
Some common natural ingredients found in pregnancy safe bug repellents include essential oils like citronella, lemongrass, and eucalyptus. These oils have been proven to be effective in repelling insects and are safe for use during pregnancy when used in appropriate concentrations.
After spending a day at the beach, it's important to take care of your skin and replenish any moisture lost from the sun, saltwater, and sand. I like to put on a sheet mask before going to bed after a day of sun, which helps to moisturize my skin and makes it so much more glowy the next day.
Here are few of my picks on sheet masks after a day of sun:
Vitamin C masks are a great way to
Unless you plan on staying at the resort all the time and not plan on any other beaches, you might want to bring an insulated hydration bottle, that will keep your water cool all day, especially for a beach day.
Also, staying hydrated is crucial, especially for pregnant women. The heat and physical activity at the beach can quickly dehydrate you, so having a water bottle that keeps your drink cool all day is essential. Plus, it's better for the environment than constantly buying single-use plastic water bottles.
Don't forget to pack your prenatal vitamins for your trip to Hawaii. It's important to continue taking them while on vacation as they provide essential nutrients for both you and your growing baby. Plus, the warm and sunny weather in Hawaii can be exhausting, so your body needs all the extra nutrients it can get. Make sure to pack enough for the entire trip and keep them easily accessible in case you forget to take them one day.
Pregnancy can be uncomfortable, especially while traveling. That's why I highly recommend bringing a travel pregnancy pillow to ensure you get a good night's sleep. This will also come in handy during long flights or car rides as it provides support for your back and belly. Look for one that is compact and easy to pack, so it doesn't take up too much space like this one.
If you plan on snorkeling, make sure to pack snorkeling gear. Full face snorkel gears were life changer for me, as it makes it so much easier to put on and breathe in the water. Also, I brought swim belt for myself when I went on my honeymoon and did a lot of snorkeling in Hawaii.
Good Parenting Books
Aside from 'what to expect when you're expecting' book, I always recommend reading parenting books before anyone is ready to welcome a baby. And babymoon is the perfect time to catch up on reading while you are relaxing by the beach or at a pool. For me, reading 'Becoming Babywise' helped me understand the basics, along with 'Healthy sleep habits, happy child'
And if you are welcoming a second baby, then 'Sibling without rivalry' is an amazing book to prepare for having two kids vs one.
Packing for a Hawaii babymoon doesn't have to be stressful. It's all about comfort, convenience, and preparation. Don't forget essentials like your maternity swimsuit, sun hat, comfortable walking shoes, and loose breathable clothing. Also consider packing a good sunblock along with pregnancy-safe bug repellent. But most importantly, take plenty of photos, relax on the beach, indulge in delicious Hawaiian food, and spend quality time with your partner. This is a special time in your pregnancy journey, so savor every moment and embrace the experience!