Packing for Peru has never been easier.
Packing to cross the equator or a few time zones sounds like a blast, especially when the destination leads to peeling A-Frames. However, the road traveled to epic waves isn’t always the easiest. We could all tell you a few stories from our own surf trips about the hiccups in the road but instead we’re going to give you tips so you can make the best of your trip to Peru. You might find some of these tips helpful when traveling to other spots in third world countries.
Board Bags can sometimes count as a suitcase as long as it’s within the luggage weight requirements. Most airlines allow to suitcases and your carry on…use this wisely! Other airlines will count how many boards you carry, the Prolite “The Smuggler” is a good alternative to sneak in an extra board. Don’t forget to take your fins off and bring an extra key. Bring extra leashes too–the waves have no mercy.
Pro Tip: Use pool noodles to protect your rails, noses, and tails. Some airlines will toss and walk all over your board bags with no mercy or reimbursement.
Hack the system: Put all your liquids in your board bag if you’re only taking a carry-on.
Pack for all wave conditions. The best boards for Peru are step ups like the Channel Islands “*” for the big breaks and wider short boards like the Fire Wire “*” for smaller breaks. Longboards are good to take during the summer months because it’s harder to catch the waves but easy to paddle out and snag some long rides. If you have any questions, you can always call the shop our staff will always have a knowledgeable suggestion!
The Beach Essentials
I like sun bums versatile line so I bring them along on all my trips. There’s UV protection for your face, body, hair, and there’s awesome aloe cooling gel/spray options too.
When the damage is done, a hat will be your saving grace. By damage we mean sun damage…it’s serious when you get close to the equator.
Depending where you stay you’ll have typically have clean towels. Don’t count on it though. These towels double as protection around your quiver during the commute.
Strong waves, rocks, reefs, airlines, and anything else you could name can and will damage these precious pieces of cargo. Make sure you have back ups! Fins are extremely expensive to replace in foreign countries.
Cold Water Wax
Regardless of the season the water will at highest get to 67-68 degrees Farienheight.
Local groms get stoked on stickers and you get to leave your mark!
Always a good call when you’re not used to anything but 78 degree water.
I would always go for a spring suit with long sleeves because the sunset sessions are fun all year around but it can still get chilly in the summer months (aka December, January).
This is if you get used to the cold water and just need a little extra warmth or sun protection.
Rashguards are essential if you enjoy the cool water in the summer but want sun protection without reapplying every 45 minutes.
Womens Swim Suits
It’s cheeky, Brazilian cut. Think Alana Blanchard style!
And don’t forget to be present.
Peru has some of the most beautiful scenery known to man.