Packing for a Surf Trip

I like to bring as little as possible as to have just my carry-on bags and my surfboard if I don't think I can find a good rental.

Does anyone out there have a good strategy of bare essentials to bring on a surf trip via aircraft that you can get everything aboard as a carry-on?

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    Packing light for a surf trip is an art form, especially when you're constrained to carry-on luggage. Here's a strategy that might help:

    1. Surfboard: Obviously, this is your main piece of equipment. Look into compact or inflatable options that can fit into a travel bag. Some brands even offer specialized bags that allow you to carry your board as a carry-on as its necessary to protect your surfboard when travelling.

    2. Wetsuit: Roll it tightly to save space. Consider a thinner wetsuit if you're traveling to warmer waters to minimize bulk.

    3. Accessories: Bring just the essentials like wax, leash, fin key, and repair kit. Pack these in a small pouch to keep them organized and easily accessible.

    4. Clothing: Opt for lightweight, quick-drying clothes. A couple of swimsuits, a few t-shirts, shorts, and a hoodie or lightweight jacket for cooler evenings should suffice.

    5. Toiletries: Stick to travel-sized bottles of shampoo, conditioner, sunscreen, and any other personal care items you need. Remember to comply with airline regulations regarding liquids.

    6. Tech and Documents: Pack your phone, charger, and any necessary travel documents (passport, ID, tickets) in a compact travel organizer or pouch.

    7. Snacks and Water: Bring a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated and pack some non-perishable snacks for the journey.

    8. Footwear: A pair of flip-flops or sandals should cover your footwear needs for the trip.

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    Carry on Suitcase

    1. 2 trunks
    2. flip flops
    3. 3 t-shirts
    4. 2 pair of undies
    5. light beach towel (if not bringing a board)
    6. sun screen & mosquito repellent
    7. light first aid kit
    8. spare surf leash
    9. 2 or 3 large double zip-lock bags (freezer lock) for wet stuff
    10. small stack of old surf mags to give to the coffee shops you hang at (3rd world trips)
    11. small toilet bag

    Small back back

    1. Camera!
    2. Sweatshirt
    3. personal pillow
    4. airplane entertainment.

    Surfboard - if taking it - Delta $300 bucks round trip.

    1. beach towel
    2. vest or wetsuit.

    I wear jeans, semi-dress shirt, shoes & light jacket on aircraft.

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