Travel Checklist

Sumatran Surfariis

We have complied a Travel Checklist to help you pack for your trip below.

You can also download and print out your Travel Checklist.

  • All travel documents: passports, airline tickets, travel insurance information & itineraries.
  • 3 x passport photocopies (preferably color) – you will need to leave a copy with our office. Local port authorities and police require these to register you as a visitor/tourist in the region.
  • Cash – Indonesia Rupiah, $AUD, or $US. Though it’s possible to spend very little, it’s good to have some handy for things like airport taxes, souvenirs, extra beer, a tip for the crew, photo package, gifts, etc. We have credit card facilities and can change $US & $AU dollars into Rupiah at the Sumatran Surfariis office. Indonesian Rupiah is the only accepted currency in Padang.
  • Boards – we recommend 2-4 boards for the various conditions. A standard quiver is usually your regular shortboard, a tiny step up and/or a board with a pulled-in tail to handle hollower waves, and a proper step up. However, if there was ever a place to experiment with boards or bring backups of your favorite boards, this is the place. Just keep the weight limits of the various airlines in mind when choosing your quiver.
  • Spare leg ropes
  • Reef booties. We highly recommend wearing booties when surfing. Don’t be a cool guy; shredding your feet on the first day will ruin your entire trip.
  • Ding repair kits. Most trips have a crew member that can repair major damage for a very reasonable price, but these kits come in handy for quick and easy fixes.
  • Rash Shirts/Vests – Long or Short
  • Tropical surf wax
  • Spare Fins & Keys
  • Sunscreen, zinc, lip balm & after sun lotion
  • T-shirts & singlets
  • 2 or 3 pairs of board shorts
  • Light and comfortable long pants & long-sleeved shirt
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun hat
  • Beach towel
  • Sunglasses – a backup pair is recommended.
  • Toiletries
  • Light spray jacket
  • Books, magazines, DVDs.
  • Camera, iPod, chargers, and adapters
  • Fishing lures – please see Welcome Pack for details.
  • Duty-free alcohol – Indonesia allows 1 x bottle per person. It’s also a good idea to pick up a carton of ciggies or cigars at a major airport if you’re into that as well.
  • Personal medication. All our boats have 1st Aid kits on board, but any extra 1st aid items you bring are always much welcomed.
  • Check with your local doctor for malaria medication and any other vaccinations.