The Ultimate Surf Trip Packing List

The Ultimate Surf Trip Packing List

Planning a surf trip can be incredibly exciting, but packing for it can be a bit daunting. Whether you're heading to a local beach or an exotic destination, having a comprehensive packing list ensures you don't forget any essentials. In this guide, we'll cover everything you need to pack for the ultimate surf trip, from surf gear to travel necessities and beyond.

Surf Gear Essentials


Your surfboard is obviously the most crucial item for your trip. Depending on the destination and the type of waves, you might want to bring more than one board. For example, a shortboard for more advanced waves and a funboard or longboard for smaller, mellower waves. Don't forget to pack your board bag to protect your surfboards during travel.


The water temperature at your destination will determine what type of wetsuit you'll need. For colder waters, a full wetsuit with a thickness of 4/3mm or 5/4mm is ideal. For warmer waters, a 3/2mm wetsuit or a spring suit might suffice. Remember to pack a wetsuit repair kit in case of any unexpected damage.

Leashes and Fins

Pack a couple of extra leashes and fins as backups. Leashes can snap, and fins can break or get lost, so having spares ensures you won't be stuck without essential gear. Also, consider bringing a fin key and some wax suited to the water temperature you'll be surfing in.

Surf Accessories

Other essential surf accessories include a rash guard, booties, and gloves if you're heading to colder waters. A surf hat or cap can help protect you from the sun, and a poncho or changing mat can make getting in and out of your wetsuit more comfortable.

Travel Necessities

Travel Documents

Ensure you have all necessary travel documents, including your passport, visa (if required), travel insurance, and any reservations or confirmations. It's also wise to have digital copies stored on your phone or a cloud service.

Clothing and Footwear

Pack comfortable clothing for both the beach and casual outings. Include a few pairs of boardshorts or swim trunks, T-shirts, a hoodie or light jacket for cooler evenings, and flip-flops or sandals. Don't forget a hat and sunglasses for sun protection.

Toiletries and Health Essentials

Bring your regular toiletries, including sunscreen (reef-safe if possible), lip balm with SPF, and any medications you may need. A small first-aid kit with bandages, antiseptic wipes, and pain relievers can be very handy.


Pack your phone, camera, chargers, and any other electronics you might need. A waterproof case for your phone can be useful for capturing moments in and around the water. If you plan to work or need to stay connected, consider bringing a portable Wi-Fi device.

Extras for Comfort and Fun

Beach Gear

A good beach towel, a lightweight beach chair, and a shade tent or umbrella can make your beach time more comfortable. A cooler bag for drinks and snacks is also a great addition for long days by the ocean.


Bring a good book, some music, or a portable speaker for downtime. If you're travelling with friends, a deck of cards or travel-sized games can provide hours of entertainment.

Snacks and Hydration

Pack some energy bars, nuts, or dried fruit for quick snacks. Staying hydrated is crucial, so bring a reusable water bottle and make sure you have access to clean drinking water.

Pack Smart, Surf Hard

Packing for a surf trip doesn't have to be stressful. By following this comprehensive packing list, you'll be well-prepared for whatever your adventure throws at you. Remember, the goal is to have fun and make the most of your time on the waves, so pack smart and surf hard!

Get Your Surf Trip Gear at Slimes Boardstore Newcastle

At Slimes Boardstore Newcastle, we have everything you need for the ultimate surf trip. From high-quality surfboards and wetsuits to accessories and travel gear, we've got you covered. Visit us today and let our friendly staff help you find the perfect gear for your next adventure. 

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