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Surfing at home is amazing, but we all like to go and do a bit of exploring. In this month’s blog, we give some
handy tips & equipment guides for your surf travel. Especially bits & pieces that are extra handy if you’re hiring a
Waxy boards, wet keys and stinky hire cars
From experience of travelling without these things, these would be our three essentials to take
if using a hire car for your surf trip
1 ) Key lock or waterproof bag
These are so handy, especially as the days of non-electronic car keys seem to be long gone! If you really want to
take the car key with you in the water, there are waterproof key pouches like this one. Or, even better - a lock box
can be fixed to the car door handle, or somewhere more discrete under the car, and the key stays safely inside.
Just don’t forget your code. (also, a tough lesson - if you’re gonna surf til after dark try to park near a street light
as trying to put in a lock combination in the dark is not fun!).
2 ) Roof racks
Putting waxy boards in cars never seems to go down that well with the car hire people…what a surprise! To
avoid this, you can keep your board in a sock, or in a padded board bag which will also come in handy for
protecting your board on the airplane (but more on that later). Or even more handy, are packable board racks.
These come in a small enough bag and then wrap around the car roof making temporary roof racks. There are
different variants of these depending how many boards need to put go the roof.
3 ) Wetsuit bags
Next on the list is…wetsuits. And not which one to take, but what to do with it while you’re not wearing it. Having
a wet wetsuit steaming up your car or van is not ideal, especially if it’s a hire car! Any large plastic bag will help,
but if you want something a bit more sturdy there are a range of waterproof bags on the market. Wetsuit bags
are extra handy if you are walking some way to a surf break – put your wettie, towel, wax & leash in the handy
bag & carry your kit with you. Then, you can change at the beach and leave your dry clothes in the bag – that
way if it rains while you’re in the water it’s no worries (although of course it never rains on your holidays).
There are simple, cost effective bags, like this Ocean and Earth Wetsuit Dry Bag Sack that would then fit
inside a normal rucksack, or this amazing all in one waterproof backpack/duffel bag that is great for any kind of
Note: Optional extras to put in wetsuit bag: wine, baguette, cheese.
4) Optional extra: wetsuit hanging hook
Finding a place to hang your wetsuit up to dry can be a bit tricky when you’re on the road. For those travelling
with a vehicle, these magnetic hooks are the business. The strong magnet means they hold anywhere on the
metal body of your van/car and you can then put your hanger + wetsuit on it to drip dry. (Just remember if you’re
in a very sunny place - hang your wetsuit in the shade. The sun’s UV is very harmful to the glue seams on your
Now to a pretty important thing for a surf trip ... surfboards &
some suggestions for packing them
Going on a surf trip abroad almost always involved the hair raising experience of having to put your boards on an
airplane. So often, boards get damaged. Aside from using a well padded board bag, there are a few things that
can help add a bit more protection to your board while it’s being manhandled through airport baggage. If your
travel bag is big enough, put the board inside a day bag and then inside the travel bag. Double trouble. Towels
and wetsuits make good padding - wrap these around your board, especially the nose and tail, which seem to be
the most often damaged. (Use bone dry wetsuits though so the board bag won’t weigh a ton!). Also things like
bubble wrap are handy for wrapping boards.
The little things that are easy to forget about:
A fin key (or 5 - they seem to have a magic habit of disappearing
when the waves are pumping)
Small ding repair kit (eg UV curing)
Sunscreen (try to go for reef safe sunscreen if you’re lucky enough to be heading somewhere tropical!)
and leashes & fins of coures, but no one for gets those...oh no wait...remember that time....
and last but not least, enjoy!!