The Essential Surf Trip Packing List
You can feel the excitement growing. There’s nothing better than the stoke of getting ready for a surf trip! Whether you’re headed to a tropical beach in the south pacific, or headed north to find unexplored empty waves, these are the essential items you’ll need to bring to make sure your trip is a success.
The worst thing that can happen is arriving at your destination only to realize you won't be able to surf because you packed at the last minute and forgot something. Some places don't have surf shops nearby where you can pick-up gear you forgot so make sure to follow our list and bring these items on your next trip!
Travel Backpack: Probably one of the most important items you’re going to bring on your trip. Your backpack is going to literally be attached to you throughout the entire trip. Our new 38L Island Hopper is going to make your next trip a breeze! Hidden pockets, luggage sleeve, and big enough for a week-long trip, the Island Hopper 38L is the ultimate travel backpack. You won't even need to check luggage as long as you follow our packing checklist.
Surfboard Soft Racks: So you just landed at the airport with all your boards and you’re ready to head to your spot and surf. The problem is, the car you rented or the taxi you are taking doesn’t have racks or straps. That’s where we come in. Our new Soft Racks are the best way to get your boards to your surf spot. No roof rack cross-bars are required on the car and our new soft car racks will hold multiple boards. They also have scratch-resistant silicone coating on the buckles so you won’t be scratching or denting the rental car.
Surf Fins: Always a must have and bring an extra pair! You don't want to get all the way to your destination and break a fin on the reef the first day.
Travel Towel: A towel is going to be essential when traveling. This could be for your shower at the hostel, having on a boat trip, or just keeping your warm when you get out of the water. We designed our micro-fiber travel towel to pack-up light and compact, but it absorbs water and dries super fast. It’s so light, you won’t even know it’s in your bag.
Rash Guard: Sure, everyone wants to come home from their trip and show-off their new tan. But let’s face it, no one likes rubbing sunscreen on your buddies back. Also, if you normally surf in a wetsuit, your stomach and nipples aren’t going to like you if you suddenly start surfing hours on end without a rash guard. It’s called a rash guard for a reason. When you’re done at the end of your session, make sure to thoroughly rinse your rash-guard with clean water to get all the salt out. The salt build-up will just make your rash worse if you don’t rinse it. We recommend bring a couple short sleeve and long sleeve for days when the sun is unbearable.
Sun Hat: The Sun is brutal and will destroy your face. Our new El Verano Wide Brimmed Bucket Hat will keep your face protected.
Reef Booties: If you’ve never surfed a reef break, it only takes standing up one-time to ruin your trip. The reef is alive and full of things that are alive that will cut you to shreds. Make sure to get a quality pair of reef booties.
Leashes: Always bring an extra leash. Leashes break when the surf gets big. The last thing you want is to spend your surf trip swimming.
Sunscreen(Reef Safe) and Chapstick:
Regardless of where you are traveling, the sun is brutal. It will zap your energy. A bad sunburn can even leave you with a fever for a couple days. Make sure you lather yourself up multiple times a day. We are fans of All Good Brand Sunscreen because it's reef friendly!
Dry Bags: You always need to make sure you essentials stay dry. Wallet, phone, passport. A dry bag is an essential item to bring on any trip. You never know when it's going to rain so it's good to be prepared. We also like to bring several different sizes and use them to separate dry and dirty clothes. Our dry-bag 3-pack is perfect as it contains a 3L, 5L and 10L Dry Bag. All dry bags comes with their own adjustable shoulder strap.
Warm Clothes: You may wonder why you need warm clothes when you’re going somewhere tropical. The issue with tropical locations is when it rains for days on end, it can get really cold. Also, if you are going on an international flight, they like to drop the temperature on the plane as it helps with hypoxia(fainting due to lack of oxygen). Even if you're going to Indonesia, some planes can get Also, when you are flying international, the airlines like to drop the temp on the plane so you’ll sleep better. Bring a warm layer of clothes so you’re comfortable in any situation. You’ll thank us later.
I like this Northface fleece because it's warm, but also fairly compact. I've taken this on so many trips and it still holds up. When you are packing for a trip, you want to make sure you can also pack as light as possible and this Northface fleece is a perfect travel companion
First-Aid Kit: What is it they say? Hope for the best but plan for the worst? Well, when you’re surfing, anything can happen so it’s better to be prepared. This first aid kit from Mymedic is perfect for taking on any trip.
Headlamp Flashlight: You have no idea what the situation will be like where you’re at. Does the power go out? What if you get lost or are in a dodgy area at night? Regardless of the situation, you can’t rely on your cell phone flashlight. Having a headlamp is a life saver when you need light in an unfamiliar area, cooking in the dark or walking back to your bungalow in the dark.
Water Bottle: You don't want to pollute plastic where you are traveling to. Try to leave the place cleaner than when you arrived. Getting an insulated water bottle not only helps reduce plastics waste, it will keep your water nice and cold while you're surfing.
Ear Plugs: If you're like me, you get lots of ear infections. Surfing everyday(especially somewhere tropical) can make it even worse. Trust me, you don't want to be on your flight home with swimmers ear. The pressure for the altitude is unbearable! These are our favorite earplugs.
Board Bag: This seems obvious, but it's not something you want to go cheap on. Your most valuable items are going to go into this bag and be thrown around by the airlines so chose your board bag wisely. We like the the FCS travel board bag. It is built to handle some tossing around.