Sam and Lina attended our first event in 2014. I was struck immediately by how much Sam looked like Locke. It was no surprise when he showed up at our costume contest that evening dressed like him! While I didn’t get much chance to interact with them at the event (a deep regret – being too busy onsite to spend time with you all everybody!), we spoke frequently in the years that followed and became friends. Sam and Lina were the kindest, most incredible people.
It was heartbreaking for the entire LOST community (and everyone who knew Sam and Lina) to lose them both to cancer in 2018. They are missed more than I can put into words.
But Sam’s words live on! He wasn’t able to attend the 2017 event but did share this list for attendees of what to bring when coming to Hawaii. I wanted to re-post it for those coming this year. I hope you find it helpful!
- Safety pins:
-Expedient repair of luggage straps.
-pin closed hotel drapes that don’t shut out the light.
-pin rental keys securely to your board shorts…pockets too baggy on many brands.
-lance a blister.
- Shower caps from hotel: electronics/camera cover for the quick rains they have.
- Zip tie: include in your luggage in case locks get cut off. Tape to a piece of paper with your itinerary asking TSA to please secure your luggage.
- Print out of flight and hotel info so when your luggage gets delayed they can find and deliver it. Put it in outer unlocked panel of luggage.
- Band aids/moleskin for blisters.
- Benadryl for the inevitable bug bites. Two Benadryl equals one sleeping pill for long flights.
- Gravol if you’re going out on a boat.
- Bug spray and sunscreen they have at ABC Stores, so it’s available every 50 meters. SPF available at 50+ for us fair skin types. Don’t chance it popping in your luggage due to pressure/mishandling.
- If you need glasses/contacts, a spare pair.
- Earplugs help noisy rooms by the street.
- Small flashlight & whistle on you during flight and in your pocket while walking around.
- Nail clippers and tweezers.
- Zip ties, duct tape, and paracord can fix anything. Loop brightly coloured paracord around your luggage handles and you can improvise a drag handle if something breaks and make your luggage easy to spot.
- Long charger cables. Yes, you will find a situation where everything gets to 10% charge at the same time. Multiple cables with dual power outlets solves that issue.
- SD card reader for iPad so you can backup your photos.
- Anything that is sentimental stays in your bag at your side.
- Got too many souvenirs? Buy another luggage. Don’t ship things home or risk it being lost.
Editors Note: I can’t stress how great that last one is! Shipping from Hawaii is EXPENSIVE – even if you’re returning to the mainland. Buy a small duffel bag or something and check it. The cost of the bag and checking the luggage will still be less than what it costs to ship it.
Have you been to Hawaii before? What would you recommend bringing? Put it in the comments!
Photo by Michael Gillman Photography