#3. Sun Protection
You’re going to be putting in major hours in front of all the elements. Make sure you’ve packed a waterproof, sweat-proof sunblock to protect your skin, and reapply often. Throw in some aloe just in case you overdo it, despite your best intentions.
#4. Beach Towel or Travel Towel
Beach towels are bulky and slow to dry out. Pack a lightweight travel towel like the Travellite Towel XL and save the space and weight in your travel bag.
#5. A Rash Guard or Wetsuit
For warmer tropical destinations, pack a rash guard to protect yourself from sunburns and surf rash. For slightly more chilled waters, pack a wetsuit.
#6. A water-resistant Duffel
A small water-resistant duffel like the Migrate Duffel 40L, which converts into a backpack, is the perfect daypack for the beach or for boat trips to remote surf spots. It will help keep your clothes and valuables dry and give you one less thing to worry about while you hunt for the perfect wave.
#7. Surf Accessories
While board rentals are ubiquitous, your specific brand of surf wax may not be. Pack a wax comb and surf wax for your destination’s specific water temperature, a ding repair kit (solar easy fix kit), and soft surf racks if you plan to get around with a rental car.
#8. First Aid Kit
Don’t count yourself out for the day because you forgot a bandage. You can shell out for a pre-made professional version, or DIY at home before you leave. Don’t forget antiseptic wipes or wash, a sterile saline solution, an assortment of bandages, waterproof tape, tweezers, and a painkiller.
If you’re leaving the smartphone behind to avoid theft and distraction, be sure to pack a small alarm clock. And don’t hit snooze—you’ll miss the best waves of the day!
Once you’ve packed all these goods, you’re ready to shred! Get out there and hit the waves!