What to pack on an adventurous trip to Kauai

Kauai is one of Hawaii's more untouched islands, and as a result, it's the perfect destination for people who want to have an active, adventurous vacation. There are plenty of ways to enjoy Kauai's pristine landscapes, from ziplining tours to hikes to snorkeling expeditions. If this is the kind of vacation you dream of, Kauai is the right island for you.

You'll probably plan many of your outings before you begin packing your bags. However, spontaneity is the heart of adventure, so it's best to be prepared for all sorts of activities. Here are a few things you should include in your suitcase so you'll be ready for anything:

A poncho

It doesn't rain often in Hawaii, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be prepared. Though you may be tempted to just bring along an umbrella, holding a canopy over your head is incompatible with adventuring. Rain ponchos are great, because you can fold them so they only take up a tiny amount of space in your bag. This way, you can pull them out at a second's notice without sacrificing valuable backpack room.

Spare athletic shoes

"There's nothing worse than a soaked shoe."

When you're exploring the wilderness, there's always a chance you're going to step in something gross, damp or both. If you only have one pair of athletic shoes with you, you have to put the fun times on hold until your shoes are clean (or at least dry). Bring along an extra pair just in case something should happen. You don't need to carry your extra pair around – just keep it at your Kauai rental home so you'll have it if needed. Yes, there's a good chance you won't use the spare shoes, but if you accidentally step into a pool or pile, you'll be glad you brought them along.

Workout clothes

Make sure you bring exercise-appropriate gear with you in case the opportunity arises to do a physically demanding activity. Though you might not think you're going to be getting a workout while you're on vacation, a lot of outdoorsy activities can leave you feeling a little damp. Though the trade winds tend to keep the tropical humidity from feeling too moist, the air in Hawaii is a little wetter than elsewhere. If you bring along high-quality, sweat-wicking clothing, however, you'll be able to feel nice and dry no matter how active you are.