big island fishing

Preparing for a Day at Sea in Hawaii

As the old saying goes, preparation is key, and while this is likely in reference to a big meeting, athletic competition, or a big event, it really translates to anything. Knowing what you are getting yourself into and being ready for it is very important, and during your vacation to Hawaii, you’re going to be preparing for everything. You wouldn’t pack for your trip the morning of your flight, right? No, you’re going to be ready early so that travel is easy and you are ready for your vacation.

Preparation is key for your time in Hawaii as well. Though you are going to be looking to get a tan on the beach, you probably aren’t going to sit beneath the hot sun for hours and then apply sunblock. This is not wise, and being ill prepared for your fun and the activities will only make your time more enjoyable.

Though you don't need to have a play-by-play on how the days will go, you do need an idea of what to expect. After all, the mystery and anticipation is part of the fun. If you are heading out to sea for a deep sea fishing adventure, there are some key steps that you can take to properly prepare for your time at sea that will ensure you aren’t caught off guard, or spend your time in less than perfect condition. There really is nothing worse than being out at sea, miles from shore, with your head hung over the side of the boat.

The most important thing that you can do to be prepared is to take motion sickness medication. These can be purchased at any ABC store in Hawaii, grocery store, or you can bring them with you. Anytime you are going to be out on the ocean, you will want to make sure you have taken the steps to prevent seasickness. Follow the directions on the package and make sure you take the full dose. Be aware that most medications require you to take the first dose at least 24 hours prior to departure.

Out at sea, you will want to have protection from the sun. Be sure to bring the following:

  • Sunblock (with a high SPF)
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Towel

Each of these items will be needed on board, and please be sure to apply sunblock often. There is no hiding from the sun in the middle of the ocean.

On board the boat, most often the captain and crew will encourage you to bring food and drinks. Be sure to drink plenty of water, and bring food that is going to be filling. Snacks are fine, but pack a lunch, bring some fresh fruit, and avoid sugary drinks. Also, be sure to eat breakfast the morning of your deep-sea fishing adventure.

You don’t want to forget any of these key steps of preparation. A day at sea can be a lot of fun, or the exact opposite, depending on how you prepare. If you do not normally get motion sickness, take the medication anyway. The ocean is a different place and it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Prepare for a day of non-stop fun and an adventure that is sure to be a memorable highlight from your Hawaiian vacation.

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