Just in five decades ago, surfing was closely associated with men. Sun tanned males with bleached hair and six pack abs dragging their surf boards. But today, surfing is available for everyone and more people are going to surf camps. More women enjoys riding the waves under the sunny skies. And if you are a curious female going for your first ever surf camp this summer, here we have prepared the essential packing list you shouldn’t miss.
The Surf Camps Essentials
By summer clothes we meant something light and sweat-absorbing. It’s not necessarily limited to something skimpy and revealing. Bring some t-shirts, some causal tops and tanks, one to two pair of shorts, and maybe one to two summer dress if you are feeling fancy. Don’t forget your undergarments! We are also strongly against disposable underwear. Our ocean have filled with enough plastics without we add more of it.
This is totally optionals. Some surf houses provides bath towels so you don’t have to bring your own. Other surfers feel totally comfortable using their beach towels for bath. But we personally love to have a separated lightweight travel towels for bath. It’s convenient to keep our surfing towels dry and ready whenever we need to go.
Sweatshirt and Yoga Pants
Staying by the sea means having chilly and windy night sometimes. Don’t let the sun heat fools you. Also, some surf camps arrange yoga lessons every morning. Not only it’s relaxing, but yoga actually help surfers to have better balance and flexibility on the surf board!
A Pair of Flip Flops
Don’t forget to bring your favourite rubber sandals aside of your sport shoes. Rubber sandals is the best when you get in a lot of contact with water and sands.
Hat and Sunglasses
On time when you are not busy riding the waves, you gonna need this duo combo to walk around town or just lying down in the beach.
Do you love sleeping with your pyjamas? If you do, then bring a pair of your favourite!
Your Toiletries to the Surf Camps
The surf camps will actually provide basic toiletries as part of their accommodation. But that won’t be as the same as using your favourite anti-frizz shampoo or your grapefruit-scented soap.
The Surfing Essentials
When it come to swimming suits for surf camps, we strongly recommend you to NOT wearing any skimpy bikini with string. You gonna move a lot in the water, you gonna get crashed by the waves, you gonna get knocked off from your surf boards. Save the cute little bikini for some leisure times. You gonna need sturdy, active style swimsuits. Nobody want to accidentally “flashes” their private parts when they get in the waves.
Long Sleeve Rash Guards
Rash guard doesn’t only protect you from the sun. It also protect you from the wax of the surf board that can cause rashes on the skin—hence its name. Also, rash guards helps your bikini to stay in place during extreme times on the sea.
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Wetsuits (Depend on the location of your surf camps)
If you are surfing in extremely sunny weather and warm water like Bali or Costa Rica, you can forget your wetsuits. Rash guards and a pair of beach short will do just fine. But if you surf in Portugal, Spain, or other places with colder climate, you might need to bring a wetsuit. Especially if you surf during early spring or late autumn.
Quick to Dry Towels
When you spend half of the day surfing, you want to have a dry towel ready overtime you come back to the beach. We totally recommend bringing a lightweight, quick to dry towels for the surfing days. It dries in less than an hour under the sun and can be folded into a tiny roll to the bag.
Reusable Water Bottles
This should go without saying. Help the earth by bringing your own reusable water bottles and refill it whenever you can. You can always fill them up back in the surf camps!
Eco-friendly Sun Screen
Surfers love their sun screen. Make sure you are not harming the reefs while doing so.
SPF Lip Balm
The sun and the salt water can cause damage to your lips. Make sure it stay plump, hydrated, and protected from the UV with a SPF lip balm.