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PACKING FOR A SURF TRIP! What to pack for a 3-week surf trip to Indonesia or really anywhere tropical.

First of all, I like to use packing cubes. These little cloth bags are amazing for keeping your clothes and gear organized. I use these for every trip I go on. They come in different shapes and colors and are a total game changer for staying organized while traveling.

This list may look long, but it all fits into my carry-on bags, besides the towel, fins, and a few other items that get thrown into my board bag.

Here is my pack list:

Lots of Swimsuits: (one piece, 2 piece, booty shorts, leggings, bodysuit…)

Clothes: 2 shorts, 2 tank tops, 2 short sleeve tee, 1 long sleeve sun shirt, 5 undies, 1 bra, 2 sox, 1 lightweight pant & 1 lightweight sweater (for the airplane), 1 sarong, 1 skirt, 1 dress, 1 lightweight raincoat (optional), 1 quick dry towel, 1 small face towel.


Headlamp (x-tra batteries), water bottle, carabiner, yoga mat, travel pillow, airplane pillow, earplugs for sleep & surf, eye mask, toothbrush/paste/floss, hair pic & ties, shampoo/conditioner, lotion, razor/blades, nail clippers, hat, sunnies, needle/thread, flip flops/slip ons, lots of good sunscreen for face & body, phone/charger/earbuds, reusable bag, dry bag, massage ball, back up charger, usb stick or memory, converter, small combo lock.

First aid/wellness:

Electrolytes, arnica, new skin, emergen-C, GSE, polysporin, neosporin, q-tips, KT tape, rash cream, lip balm, salve, Diva cup, heat patches, tiger balm, waterproof bandages, probiotics, multi-vitamin, eye drops, ear drops, benadryl, anti-inflammatory, antibiotics for an infected open wound, Nausea meds (if applicable), bug repellent, duct tape, rope, super glue.

Essential oils: peppermint, lavender, oregano, on-guard hand sanitizer.

Surf stuff & relax:

3 boards, 2 pairs reef booties, lightweight neoprene top, 3 good leashes, Simba helmet, tropical wax, comb, fin key, FCS tool, straps for boards, fins, snorkel, goggles/cap, cards, notebook/pen, books, games, phrase book.


Snacks, nuts, bars, good chocolate, Lairds coconut creamer, protein powder, travel cup.

X-tra fold-up duffle bag in case you want to bring home more than you came with.

Don’t forget:

Passport & copy of passport, vaccine cards & travel insurance, credit card, USD (in good condition, no rips no marks)

That's the list for my tropical surf trip;-)

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