Essentials

A vital checklist of items to help you pack for a warm water or cold water destination.

In the Water: Warm / Cold

  • surfboard(s)
  • boardshorts (2)
  • fin keys (2)
  • fin sets (4)
  • leashes (4)
  • leash teathers
  • rash guard (long or short)
  • reef booties (optional)
  • snorkeling gear (optional)
  • surf hat (optional)
  • sunblock
  • wax comb
  • tropical surf wax
  • surfboard(s) – the colder it gets the more volume you will need
  • temperature appropriate wetsuit(s)
  • booties (optional)
  • boardshorts (for Jacuzzis or pools)
  • fin keys (2)
  • fin sets (4)
  • gloves (if necessary)
  • leashes (4)
  • leash teathers
  • sunblock
  • wax comb
  • cold water surf wax

Out of the Water: Recommended Items

  • airline tickets (print or digital)
  • cash (crisp, new bills)
  • change of clothes in transit
  • credit cards
  • deodorant
  • ding repair kit / sun cure
  • driver’s license
  • duct tape (small roll)
  • first aid kit (basic)
  • 64GB flash drive (for photos and video)
  • jacket (cold climates)
  • long sleeve t-shirt
  • mosquito/insect repellant with dht (depending on destination)
  • multi-board travel bag with day bag inside
  • notebook and pen
  • pants or jeans
  • passport
  • phone with charging cables
  • shirts (evening variety)
  • shoes (2)
  • shorts
  • socks
  • sunglasses
  • surf towel
  • sweatshirts (cold climates)
  • t-shirts
  • toiletries
  • travel backpack
  • travel documents
  • undergarments
  • visa (if necessary)
  • water bottle (refillable)

Out of the Water: Optional Items

  • camera
  • clothespins
  • comb or brush
  • computer or tablet
  • ear plugs
  • electricity adaptor
  • energy snacks
  • eyeglasses
  • gloves
  • hat or beanie
  • headphones
  • medications
  • moisturizer
  • sandals
  • super glue (optional)
  • surf racks (as needed)
  • swiss army knife
  • watch
  • waterproof jacket
  • waterproof dry bag