Not all vacations are created equal. While it鈥檚 nice to kick back and enjoy some R&R at a five-star resort or inside a Champagne yurt (yes, it鈥檚 a thing), it鈥檚 also memorable to go on a photo-worthy outdoor adventure. We tapped our friends at Hawaii鈥檚 Kauai Visitor鈥檚 Bureau for six epic activities to make time for on your next island getaway, and what to pack for each one. Adventure awaits!

1. Helicopter Touring

What鈥檚 better than a drone to capture cool aerial footage and get a genuine bird鈥檚-eye view? A helicopter tour, of course. Not only will you get to see some of nature鈥檚 coolest sights from up above, but you鈥檒l also experience riding in a chopper and touching down in spots that are totally inaccessible otherwise. Kauai鈥檚 iconic Manawaiopuna Falls (or 鈥淛urassic Falls,鈥 as it鈥檚 often called after being featured in the Jurassic Park movie) is one of such spots only accessible via helicopter.

鈥淲ear black,鈥 the KVB team advises of going on such an adventure. 鈥淥ther dark colors work well too. Lighter colors create reflections on the glass and can ruin your perfect shot.鈥 In addition to layering up in dark garb (it can get chilly), the KVB team says to charge your camera and phone batteries before your ride. 鈥淵ou wouldn鈥檛 want to ruin a perfect shot because of a glare or lack of battery power; be sure you鈥檙e charged up for the amazing photo ops you can score on any helicopter tour,鈥 they tell us.

What to Bring: Elemental Stainless Steel Water Bottle ($35), Lululemon Contour Jacket ($118), Mophie Powerstation ($50)

2. Sailing

When it comes to getting out on the water, islands offer tons of opportunities, like paddle boarding, surfing, kayaking, and swimming. If you don鈥檛 love literally diving right in, sailing might be a dreamy way to enjoy your day. 鈥淭ake hair ties and a waterproof cover for your phone,鈥 the KVB team notes. 鈥淚f you鈥檙e prone to getting seasick 鈥 and you might not know if you are yet 鈥 we always suggest avoiding the cabin areas.鈥 Their last pro tip? 鈥淲ear sunscreen so you can soak up the sunshine.鈥

What to Bring: Wander Wet Petite Pouch ($32), Mega Hair Coils ($7), Neutrogena聽Ultimate Sport Face Oil-Free Sunscreen ($6+)

3. chasing Waterfalls

The KVB sends people to explore waterfalls every day; after all, Kauai is the only Hawaiian island that has rivers you can navigate, such as the Wailua River. We wondered: How exactly do people best experience the flowing water and nearby heiau (ancient temples) along with the gushing falls? 鈥淭he greatest adventure and most genuine exploration come with a guided kayak and hiking tour along the river,鈥 the team says. 鈥淢ake a day of it by taking an expert tour of the island and having a picnic lunch that鈥檒l give you the energy you need to explore more.鈥 As for the right gear for splashing in the falls, it鈥檚 all about what you wear on your feet. 鈥淲ater shoes are key since your feet will get wet; even more, you鈥檒l want to hike around the rivers and falls,鈥 they say. The team advises people to leave their valuables or items that can鈥檛 get wet at home or in the hotel, but a waterproof lockbox can be a good option if there鈥檚 something you really want to keep with you.

What to Bring: Surfknit Water Shoes ($33), Flex Safe Lock Box ($33), AquaVault Floating Phone Case ($20)

4. Tubing

Who wants to stick to the standard adventures on an island getaway? Switch up more common activities with something like mountain tubing, which will send you floating through canals and natural wonders, and along the jaw-dropping rugged terrain. 鈥淒efinitely bring your water shoes for an island tubing activity too,鈥 the team shares. 鈥淵ou should also wear an outfit that can get wet with a swimsuit under your clothes. We love a long-sleeve rash guard for tubing; it will protect you from the sun and can keep you feeling warm in refreshing (read: cold) water. You will get splashed!鈥

What to Bring: J.Crew Long Sleeved Rash Guard in Classic Stripe ($68)

5. An ATV Tour

Riding through an island鈥檚 peaks and valleys on an ATV is an exhilarating way to experience the magical scenery. Be prepared to explore all the off-the-beaten-path places you dream about, like bits of untouched paradise, secret rope swings, and breathtaking vantage points. 鈥淔or a UTV or ATV tour, you鈥檒l want to bring a pair of close-toed shoes. We recommend sneakers or water shoes to travelers, but don鈥檛 bring your best pair 鈥 they鈥檒l get dirty!鈥 the team says. They joke that wearing a white t-shirt is one way to create a souvenir. 鈥淰olcanic dirt and dust are known to stain clothes; especially on Kauai, where we have red volcanic dirt. On any UTV or ATV tour, you鈥檒l want to rinse off right away. We also tell travelers to stash some wipes in the car for a clean getaway,鈥 they say. Though your tour should provide you with a helmet and goggles, the team tells us it鈥檚 nice to bring a bandana (or two) and wear a swimsuit under your clothes to best prepare.

What to Bring: Goodfellow & Co Men鈥檚 Bandana 2-pack ($4), Lennie Flexible Bottom Canvas Sneakers ($23)

6. Ziplining

Is ziplining through a lush jungle on your bucket list? Ours too. It鈥檚 the ultimate active adventure 鈥 you鈥檒l fly as fast as 50mph while feeling like a total superhero. 鈥淥ur Flyin鈥 Kauaian tour offers harness upgrades that will allow you to stretch out both hands, flip upside-down, or even go backward,鈥 the KVB team tells us. Needless to say, you鈥檒l want to wear something comfortable. 鈥淲e tell thrill-seekers to dress in leggings or workout pants,鈥 they explain. 鈥淭his will ensure you鈥檙e comfortable the entire time, even if you want to strike your favorite yoga pose mid-air! It鈥檚 all about flexibility 鈥 and you鈥檒l be wearing a harness the entire time 鈥 so leave khakis, jeans, and shorts at home.鈥 Good to know.

What to Bring: Tommie Copper Performance Legging ($65)

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