Mentawai Surf and Travel Checklist
Congratulations on booking your trip to Mentawai Surf Retreat! Below we have created a suggested list of what to bring for both in and out of the water. Keep in mind that packing light is recommended, as you will mostly be living in board shorts / bikinis!
Before you Travel
Surfing can be a dangerous sport. We wish our guests have a safe and incident free trip but accidents do happen. Travel insurance is mandatory for all guests visiting the retreat. We recommend “World Nomads Travel Insurance”. Ensure that your policy covers “Emergency Evacuation”.
Traveling can be stressful on your mind, body, and immune system. You don’t want to arrive in paradise with the waves pumping, and you are sidelined from illness! Below are some tips and recommendations to help keep you healthy during your travels.
Begin boosting your immune system 7 days before you travel.
Bring and take a vitamin supplement during your travels: “Emergen-C” and “Airborn” are two great products that travel well and can be easily taken throughout your trip.
Drink plenty of water, dehydration is very common when flying.
Use hand sanitiser and wash your hands regularly during travel.
Be ready to paddle! With a wave in our front yard, and two boat trips a day to other surf breaks, you’re not going to want to miss a set. We highly recommend arriving in good “surf shape”.
First Aid Supplies
Cuts and scrapes on the reef are very common. We provide basic care for these injuries, including band aids, alcohol, antibiotic ointment, and some over the counter pain/anti-inflammatory medications. However, we strongly encourage you bring your own prescription antibiotics (skin infection, runny tummy, blocked stomach etc) and medical tape (band-aid type tape).
Our staff has been trained in basic first aid. In the event of a serious medical emergency we will assist with evacuation to Padang/Singapore. There is a local clinic that can take care of basic level injuries.
What to bring
Out of the Water
Copy of passport
Copy of Airline tickets
Visa (if needed)
Copy of Visa
Itinerary/Hotel/Other Travel information
Copy of travel insurance
Copy of emergency contacts (name, email, and phone numbers)
Rupiah (Indonesian money for bar tab, internet, and photo packages – no ATM on the island)
Credit cards, driver’s license, and any other documentation you’re traveling with
*When traveling do not keep your original documents in the same bag as the copies!
Clothing & Supplies
8 GB USB drive (for pictures)
Reuseable water bottle (we have one waiting for you at the resort, but hey! - your trip starts when you board the plane 🌏)
Tank top/Singlet (1-3)
Thin Long sleeve shirt
Board shorts (2-4)
Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)
After sun lotion/moisturizer
Thin long pants (optional)
Medicine (antacids, eye drops, Neosporin, etc.)
Ibuprofen (great for sun burns, injuries, and hangovers)
Sea sickness pills (optional)
Prescription medicine (optional)
Rain jacket (optional)
MP3 Player/iPod (optional)
Chargers for electronics (optional)
Nail clippers (optional)
In the Water
Fin sets (4-6)
Big wave leash (1-3)
Medium wave leash (2-3)
Leash rope (2-3 extra)
Rash guard/Surf Shirt (2-3)
Fin key (1-2)
Wax comb (optional)
Snorkeling gear (optional)
Surf hat (optional)
Spear fishing gear (optional)
Quads, twins, thrusters… round-tail, squash, swallow-tail… When choosing the right boards for your trip, basically think about what you are comfortable riding. If you think you want to go big, bring a step-up for that firing session! You know what kind of surfer you are and what works for you. Pack what you like and get ready for the best surf trip of your life!