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A condo vacation on Maui means only needing to pack sunscreen and little else

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Condo rentals are at an all-time high, especially in Hawaii. One of the many benefits is the ability to travel light—a concern of most airline passengers these days.

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We rented a two-bedroom unit smack on a top beach called Keawakapu in Kihei, Maui, with another couple and are having a great time, cooking our meals, hitting nearby happy hours (Rita’s, Monkeypod, 5 Palms, Sarento’s on the Beach) and enjoying the warm sea, sun and tropical breezes. We packed our bags with the bare essentials in order to carry them on the plane. One doesn’t need much in Maui, especially in a condo, even one as luxurious Manakai Resort where we wear bathing suits from morning until happy hour when we add cover-ups to the ensemble.

So if you’re planning on booking a condo for your next Maui outing, here’s all you need to bring:

Lots of sunscreen (or you can buy it here at any ABC Store, Walmart even Costco by the airport in Kahalui.

Shorts, tops, hats, a sarong works everywhere for women, bathing suits and maybe one dressy Aloha shirt or sun dress should you decide to go to a fancy spot such as Morimoto at the Andaz or Duo at Four Seasons—and even there dress is casual.

That’s all you’ll need folks save for cosmetics and toothpaste etc. which can be bought here of course. Life is a beach on Maui where locals and visitors leave their finery home and go bare, foot and native. Ladies can forget the makeup and men can leave ties home.

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