There’s nothing quite like being out in the ocean, becoming one with the sea as you ride the waves and try to master your surf technique, so it’s not surprising that more and more people are not only taking up surfing but are actually taking long surfing vacations, where they do little more than hanging out at the beach chasing the waves.
If you’re planning to go on a surfing trip anytime soon, here are some things to consider before you start packing:
What Kind of Climate are You Heading To?
Before you can pack for a surf trip, you really do need to know what the climate will be like at your chosen destination. Obviously, if you’re going to a warm destination, you will need to pack far less than if you’re going to a cool destination, where you’ll need to bring along a thermos wetsuits, warm flannels, gloves and booties. During our surf trip to Morocco earlier this year (Jan – March) it was lovely and warm during the day, although the water temp was still quite cool (a 3/4 wetsuit was required), as soon as the sunset it got really chilly so we made sure we had plenty of warm clothes including botts, hats, jumpers, etc.
What are the Luggage Limits?
If you’re flying to a cooler destination and you’re going to have to bring a lot of gear with you, you’ll also need to know what the luggage limits are so that you can pare it down to the essentials. If you’re flying on a charter plane from Jettly, then you’ll probably have a more generous limit, but if you’re flying commercial, it might be tight, and you will really need to stick to the basics. And if you’re taking boards with you, always remember to check the board price as this can end up costing more than your plane ticket!
What Else Will You Be Doing?
If you’re going on holiday to surf and nothing but surf, then packing your wetsuits, boots and beachwear should be sufficient, but if you plant to do other adventure activities or go sightseeing, you’ll also need to make sure that you pack a couple of pairs of shorts, jeans or trousers, hiking boots or trainers, and perhaps a party outfit?!
Where Will You Be Staying?
It’s important to think about where you’ll be staying if you want to pack appropriately for a surf trip. For example, if you’re staying in a hotel, you’ll be able to get away with packing less because there should be laundry services available. If. However, you’re staying in a beach hut out of the way, it’ll be more difficult to keep your clothes clean, which means packing more underwear, and clothes. Similarly, if you aren’t staying in a location with many stores or much of a surfing culture, bringing along your own wax, ding repair kit, spare fins, etc., instead of relying on being able to buy them when you get there, would be a smart move.
I’m sure you’ll have this covered, but remember that wherever you’re traveling and whatever else you’re packing, you should make sure that you bring plenty of suncream, especially if it will be hard to find, or more expensive, at your final destination.