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Preparation For Surf Camp Vacation

  1. Set the duration and budget for your surf camp vacation.
  2. Choose your destination and book your accommodation, optionally directly with a surf course at a surf camp.
  3. Plan the journey. Book a flight, train or determine the route by car. If necessary, organize a shuttle service with your surf camp to pick you up at the airport.
  4. If you are traveling with a surfboard, insure your equipment and book surfboard transportation on the plane. Check the condition of your equipment and take care of any repairs in time.
  5. Check your passport / ID card for validity and organize a visa depending on the country you are traveling to.
  6. Take out an international insurance.
  7. Check any necessary vaccination requirements for the destination country.
  8. Organize your finances for the trip: credit cards, debit cards, online banking.
  9. Get rid of things you no longer need and sell them to replenish your travel funds.
  10. Start a fitness workout with endurance, strength, flexibility and breathing exercises.
  11. Find out about local conditions and apply for an international driver’s license if necessary.
  12. Assemble all important documents and records, make copies and digitize them on a USB stick, Dropbox or Cloud.
  13. Put together a first-aid kit.
  14. Find out about the local climate and weather and pack your clothes accordingly.
  15. Plan the day of arrival and check in online for flights.
  16. Learn about your destination, environment, safety, culture, customs and traditions.
  17. Get in the mood with surf movies, tutorials, magazines and surf books.
  18. Check the forecast and look forward to your surf camp vacation!

Packing list for surf camp vacation

Surf equipment & accessories

  • Surfboard 
  • Boardbag / Surfboard Sock
  • Leash 
  • Leash tapes
  • Fins
  • Fin wrench 
  • Spare screws for fins 
  • Warm water surf wax 
  • Wax comb 
  • Ding repair kit 
  • Surf watch 
  • Earplugs
  • Bikini / Boardshorts
  • Neo-Top / Lycra-Shirt / Rashguard
  • 3/2mm wetsuit


  • Hand luggage / Small backpack 
  • Earplugs  
  • Travel in-ear headphones 
  • Packing cube 
  • Travel pillow
  • Drinking bottle 
  • 1L bag for liquids in hand luggage
  • Sleeping mask


  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Change of bikini / board shorts
  • T-shirts and tops
  • Shorts / skirts / dresses
  • Lightweight long pants / skirts / dresses
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Cozy sweater
  • Rain jacket
  • Thin jacket / shirt 
  • Flip-flops
  • Comfortable, sturdy shoes
  • Trekking clothes
  • Yoga / sports outfit
  • Sunglasses
  • Beanie / Cap

For the beach

  • Drybag
  • Surf poncho
  • Beach towel
  • Travel towel
  • Water bottle & bread box
  • Parasol, beach shell

Hygiene & first-aid kit

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Shower kit
  • Skin cream
  • Nail scissors
  • Personal care products
  • Waterproof sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Zinc stick
  • After-sun care
  • Disinfectant 
  • Wound ointment
  • Arnica ointment 
  • Painkiller 
  • Waterproof spray plaster 
  • Mosquito spray 
  • Charcoal tablets 
  • Magnesium
  • Electrolytes 
  • Travel tablets against nausea 
  • Tweezers
  • Plaster

Important documents & papers

  • Credit card
  • EC card
  • Cash
  • Passport (visa if necessary)
  • Flight ticket
  • Surf camp documents
  • (International) driver’s license
  • Rental car voucher
  • Vaccination certificate 
  • International health insurance 
  • Health insurance card
  • Extra passport photos
  • Waterproof cover for documents
  • Digital copy of documents on USB stick, Dropbox, Cloud ect.

Technology, electronics & gadgets

  • (surf) books 
  • Photo camera, charger + memory cards
  • Notebook, tablet or e-book reader
  • Cell phone and charging cable
  • Headphones 
  • Bluetooth music box
  • Powerbank
  • Power adapter, multiple socket
  • USB charger for the cigarette lighter in the car
  • Travel yoga mat (for SUP yoga)

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