Packing list suggestions
Where to begin
Where do you start when packing? This guide will give you the basics on important items, prohibited items, clothing, personal gear and surf gear. With these basics in place, consider where you are going and how much is actually required. Lastly, don't forget to respect the local environment and culture by using eco-friendly products and being mindful of your impact on the region.
- Valid Passport (For Nicaragua, it must NOT EXPIRE any sooner than 6 months after your travel date)
- Travel insurance information
- Driver’s License (if you plant to rent a car or motorbike during your trip, this is essential).
- Any necessary prescription medications.
- Nicaragua does not permit drones or binoculars.
- Food like fruits, meats, seeds, grains, animal products. Most tropical countries do not allow these items.
- Slingshots or other weapons.
- Recreational drugs are not legal and not advised.
Clothes and shoes
- Rash guards or surf shirts
- Board shorts or swimsuits (at least 2-3 pairs)
- Light, breathable T-shirts and tank tops
- Lightweight long-sleeve shirts for sun protection
- Comfortable shorts or skirts for casual wear
- Flip-flops or sandals
- Comfortable walking shoes or sneakers (waterproof shoes are helpful for any waterfall hikes)
- Hat with a wide brim for sun protection
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Light rain jacket or poncho (in case of showers)
- Toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, dental care, soap, lotion.
- REEF-SAFE sunscreen with at least 30SPF to protect your skin and the planet. We like this brand *NO CHEMICAL SUNSCREENS*.
- Mosquito repellent.-We like this natural version.
- Hair care products and styling tools.
- Personal hygiene products.
- Surf boards. Educate yourself on the surfboard travel fees so you can plan ahead and avoid surprises. Here is a great resource: https://www.wavetribe.com/blogs/surf-travel/surfboard-airline-fees
- Leash(es) for your surfboard(s)
- Wax for your surfboard(s)
- Surfboard repair kit (ding repair materials, fin keys, etc.)
- Fins and fin key
- Sunscreen (water-resistant and reef-safe)
- Waterproof phone case or pouch
- Earplugs, surf hat, eyedrops
- Reusable water bottle
- Lightweight daypack for exploring/hiking
- A good book or entertainment for downtime
- Phone, charger, and power bank
- Camera, extra batteries, and charger
- Portable Bluetooth speaker