Help! What Should I Pack for a Surfing Trip?

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Have you been dying to go on a surfing trip but you have no idea what to bring? If so, then you’re in luck because we know exactly how you feel! In this article, we’ll talk about the things you should bring on a surfing trip so you can double check your gear and rest assured knowing you’re prepared.

Are you trying to take advantage of this beautiful weather? What better way to do that than by hitting the beach! It’s the perfect place to cool off and brush up on your surfing skills.

If you want to turn your vacation into the ultimate surfing trip, you may want to travel further than your local beach. Consider planning a trip to one of the world’s best surfing destinations, like New Zealand, Costa Rica, or Hawaii.

Whether you’re planning to travel for a few hours or a few continents away, you’ll want to make sure you pack everything you need. Nobody wants to be left stranded without an important surf item.

Do you want to know more? Keep reading to discover what you should pack for a surfing trip.


You don’t need me to tell you that a surfboard is a necessity when going on a surf trip. But bringing all your surfboards for every different condition can be a hassle–especially if you’re flying.

Take your time researching the surf conditions at your destination and decide on just 1 or 2 surfboards. Remember, if you’re going to a popular surf destination, they’ll likely be surf rentals dotted all along the beach. You can always rent a board for the day if the conditions aren’t ideal for the board(s) you brought.

Don’t forget to bring a surfboard bag, too! If you’re flying, your surfboard will be manhandled through the airport and while being loaded onto the plane. A quality surfboard bag will help prevent against any damages that may occur.

Surfboard Accessories

Bringing the right accessories is almost as important as the surfboard itself! Leashes, wax, a wax comb, and surfboard fins are all surfing essentials that must make it into your suitcase.

Since all of these are small and easy to pack, consider bringing at least 2 of each. This way if you lose one or it breaks, you’ll have a back up ready. If you don’t, you’ll have to stop surfing and look for a replacement.

Ding Kit

Part of the surf lifestyle is accepting that your board will take a beating. But you don’t have to let small damages ruin your day.

Bringing a ding kit is the easiest way to ensure your vacation runs smoothly. You can easily patch any small damages before they ruin your board for good. You’ll be back out on the water in no time!

First Aid Kit

Not only does your surfboard take a beating, but sometimes you do too! Crashing into another surfer, getting hit with your board, or being dragged underwater can all lead to some pretty serious injuries.

While a first aid kit won’t stop a hospital visit for bad injuries, it can save a lot of time and stress.

You’ll be able to clean and cover small scrapes and cuts without having to flag down a lifeguard or look for a pharmacy.


Another way to protect yourself from minor scrapes is by wearing a wetsuit in the water. They are also a great way to keep yourself warm. Even if your surfing vacation is in a tropical location, being on the water for hours can leave you shivering.

Packing your own wetsuits will also give you the chance to catch early morning swells if it’s too cold at this time to surf without one. Of course, you’ll want to find a quality wetsuit that fits you well. You can view here for more information on buying your own wetsuits.

Soft Racks

Are there a few different surf spots you want to hit? You may have to take a taxi or rent a car.

You’ll have a hard time fitting all your surfboards and luggage into one tiny taxi, especially if you’re going with a few friends.

Don’t expect all the taxis to be equipped with roof racks just because you’re in a surf town. Be prepared and bring your own soft racks. Many taxi drivers may not know how to use them, so bring pictures or instructions describing how to install soft racks.

Water and Snacks

If your surf lifestyle involves you being on the beach from dawn till dusk, you’ll need the right nourishment. Water is essential. You’ll be expending a lot of energy and sweating under the hot sun, so you’ll want to stay hydrated to avoid feeling lightheaded.

You’ll probably take a break from surfing and check out some local cuisine for your main meals.

But it doesn’t hurt to pack some light snacks in your beach bag to hold you over until then. Even a day of ideal surfing can be ruined if you’re starving all afternoon waiting for lunch.

Proper Attire

Chances are you’ll be doing more than surfing on your surfing trip. Check out what the city has to offer and make a list of clothes you’ll need for each activity.

At the very least, you’ll need a towel and sandals for the beach, plus plenty of shorts and t-shirts for walking around town. You may also need hiking shoes for mountain climbing or long pants for cool nights or conservative activities (like visiting churches or temples).

Of course, bug spray and sunscreen are a must too! If you are prone to sunburn or bug bites, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to bring some sunburn and bug bite relief creams. That way, you’ll be able to sooth the pain or itch right away.

What to Bring on Your Surfing Trip

If you’re planning a surfing trip, you might not know what to bring. While you might want to pack light, there are a few things that need to be in that suitcase. Just follow our ultimate packing list of surfing essentials so your trip goes as smoothly as possible.

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