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DO YOU HAVE? TRAVEL CHECKLIST

DO YOU HAVE?

  1. Proof of US CITIZENSHIP is required to leave and return to the United States. Passports are required. If you cannot meet the requirements you will be denied boarding on departure from the US or return to the US. If you are not a US Citizen, be sure your documents are valid to leave and re-enter the US. If a minor is traveling without both parents, a travel release may be required in order to leave the US. Many Countries now require an entry fee and/or a departure tax. We cannot collect this for you, as this tax is collected by the Country you are visiting and they prefer to get it directly from you.

  2. Airline tickets or know that the group leader has yours. Verify that the name on the airline ticket is correct and spelled as it is spelled on your passport.

  3. Surfboards properly packed in board bags. Planes are loaded by weight, so the lighter the board bag is the greater the chance of it being on top instead of underneath heavy luggage. 

  4. Clothes. Travel light. A neat shirt and long pants (or good shorts) for travel and tennis shoes. Airlines and custom agents are usually more receptive if you are dressed neatly. Boardshorts, tee’s, and slaps are fine for the beach. That said, don’t forget your slaps, hat and sunglasses.

  5. Medical. Travel release if under 18. Personal prescription drugs should be in carry-on luggage and in Rx bottles with labels. Be mindful of security restrictions on liquids. If you are concerned about health conditions, you can always contact your personal doctor or call the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta (800-232-4636). If you have any health problems or allergies, a copy of your medical record may be handy. A Multivitamin is good to take while traveling. If you need glasses, don’t forget to take them! A copy of your insurance card could also come in handy.

  6. Surf Stuff.  Fin keys and screws , fins, ding repair, wax (appropriate for the water temperature where you’re going), extra leashes, wetsuit, vest or rashguard, soft racks, and stickers to give away to locals. Click any of the underlined words to check them out.

  7. Other Stuff.  Sunscreen (the good spf 30+, which is more expensive outside the US), condoms, toothbrush, first aid kit, ear drops if you have a history of ear infections, insect repellent (again, the good stuff), large needle and thread (not much call for this, but it’s really handy if you have a rip in your wetsuit/rashguard or get something stuck in your skin), duct tape, toiletries (deodorant & stuff), swiss army knife or nail clippers (NOT in carry-on luggage or in your pockets), women should take any health needs including birth control pills & tampons.

  8. Cell Phone(duh), iPod, camera, gopro, laptop, books, etc. All optional of course (if you want to get really bored on flights and down time). Packed in a carry-on bag which must be small enough to fit in the overhead bin or under the seat.

  9. Junk food stash (granola bars, peanut butter, candy etc.) but be mindful of security restrictions.

  10. Money! We suggest you take half your money in cash and half in travelers checks using $20 denominations. In more remote areas larger bills are harder to break. Be sure the bills in your cash stash aren’t torn or blemished, as they might be refused. Always take a credit card for those unexpected expenses and to use for car rental or vehicle insurance deductible guarantee (credit cards must be in your name, you can always ask parents to add you onto their existing account to expedite credit card approval).

  11. BE AT THE AIRPORT AT LEAST 3 HOURS BEFORE DEPARTURE – ALWAYS RECONFIRM YOUR FLIGHT IN BOTH DIRECTIONS. NONE OF THIS STUFF IS ANY GOOD IF YOU ARRIVE LATE OR FORGET TO RECONFIRM YOUR FLIGHT AND ARE DENIED BOARDING. INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL RULES ARE DIFFERENT AND AIRPORT SECURITY IS TIGHT.

– SURF EXPRESS

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