Packing for a surf trip
Can't wait on these cat-string playing chicks that won't make the whole trek from West Africa, and I've damn near ripped the waves in the pave of EMass dry with several hour sessions on the Carver board each day. It's time to pack up a slice of the quiver, a few pairs of baggies, and some tropical wax and head out where scoring won't be a myth, legend, or focal point of forum folklore.
What do you brahs bring for provisions on trips to Central America? I'm always one to be well-prepared, although overpacking is almost as bad as underpacking. I've got a spacious carry-on for my trunks, a couple tees, maybe reef boots and sneaks and that's about it other than my checked board bag with 2 sticks. This trip will be 90-95% surfing, with the remainder being an inability to go somewhere new and third world (ES=tenth) and not have some things to see and people to do. Don't anticipate any seven-course meals at ritzy joints, so I'm leaving the sensible pants at home.
I've traveled quite a bit internationally over the last decade, but this is my first real surf trip involving aviation. What do you guys bring when you go so you have what you need but not weighed down by too much? Any and all comments are welcome. Especially those pertaining to handling the real 8-10'!
LOTS of sunscreen, as it is super hot and the sun will scorch your northern skin, pack this in your checked bag though or you'll be throwing it out when they check your carry on. Lots of bug repellent, same thing, pack in checked baggage. I'd also pack some bottled water if you have room, that's just me. You'll want to have an extra leash or two in the event yours snaps in those 8-10ers. A 1st aid kit is always a good thing to have on hand too. Oh, and rubbers, looooots of rubbers.
I'd bring a golf umbrella and 50' of rope. I'd also bring several tarps that I'd give to ticos. As soon as I get to the beach, I'd find a good sized stick. the dogs down there are azzholes and occasionally need to be whomped.
Two pairs of shorts
Two pairs of trunks
Two towels in your board bag
5 T shirts + one you wear on the plane, one of them long sleeve
One pair of sandals (reefs, etc.)
Do you wear underwear? If so, pack a few.
Wax comb/hair comb
Bar of Soap in baggy
Rash guard - I prefer the loose fitting style
long sleeve wetsuit top
Spare fins + key
Smartphone + charger
Wallet with Money/CC (money belt if you're going somewhere sketchy)
Backpack for your carry-on bag
Sunscreen and antibiotics.
If you're going to CR .... I'd leave the boards at home ... unless you absolutely need to ride your own stic. Rentals are plentiful down there and the boards are really in good shape if you go to the right place. If going near Tam ... I'd suggest Matos. Last time I went down I brought my brand new board, paid $50 each way on JetBlue to get it dinged ... and then 2nd time out clipped a rock with my fins and boogered up my fin box. End up renting for the rest of the trip for $8/day .... so $56 for the week vs the $140 I spent ($50 each way and 40 to fix). Nice thing about renting is they ususally allow you to trade it in on a daily basis ... if you get a small day ... you can grab a longer board ...etc.
Then again .... if you being no-madic .... bring your own. Just a pain in the @#@$ dragging it all around and transportation could be an issue.
No one has mentioned this: Ding repair kit.
Of course I agree with lisurfr if you are going to a place that has a good selection of rental boards. Just rent.
dont bring shampoo or aresoil deoderant they will make you throw it away at the airport they will make you though away toothpaste as well. you most likly wont be able to bring sunscreen either, just be cautious and dont over estimate your ability the waves look smaller from shore reef booties are a must. when you get there buy gallons of water youll waste off if you keep buying bottle water. make sure you bring hats, bug net depending on where our going. make sure you cake the sunscreen on the sun down there is nothing to play with its on a whole different level, dont buy drugs off the street unless there good. keep doors looked and leave shoes on the beach ect. get some local advice before you paddle out somewhere. take a lot of pictures i regret that i only take so few on my trips and when i look back im disappointed i didn't take more. watch out for army ants invading your room and falling on your head, dont fly united or american will be like 300 for boards if not more and they ding them always. enjoy
oh yeah and pack lightly as you can i usually only have a back pack and board bag.
You can bring all those things, you just have to put it in the checked baggage, not in the carry on. Just got back from PR not too long ago and that was how we did it.
Originally Posted by sandblasters
Ding all for sure.
Make sure you pad the heck out of your board bag, I usually check my boards with my towels, sweatshirts, other thicker items wrapped around the boards and lining the rails for extra protection. I actually often travel with this fleece blanket thing just for the purpose of wrapping my boards, and there's always room for a couple extra shirts etc. if you use them as passing as well.
I might be a little paranoid considering my boards have never been dinged by an airline, but I'm not looking to start.