by Morgan Sliff
Globe trotters have become packing scientists. Weeklong or more trips are regularly accompanied by a carry-on, and each venture out of the country makes bursting seams a thing of the over-packed past. Figuring out how to pack smart and minimize means less to lug, having everything you need right next to you on a flight, and leaving the un-necessities at home so you can focus on the adventures ahead.
If you want to ease through check - in (with the exception of your board bag), we've put together a list of our favorite packs that make surf trips fast, easy, organized, and will simplify your standards of how much stuff you really need.
1. FCS Mission Premium Backpack
The FCS Mission pack is a surfer's dream carry-on. Included features are a harness to keep your laptop snug, tons of pockets for organizational purposes, front wet pocket with drain holes for wet boardies, bikinis, or wetsuits, and a raincoat cover to protect your goods when its pouring (that also doubles as a changing mat). With an ample 34L of space, this bag will hold all surf essentials you may need.
Make travel easier with the Mission Pack HERE
2. Patagonia Jalama Pack
Patagonia always gets it right. The Jalama pack is made smart, sleek, and eco-minded with 100% recycled polyester. It has a wet compartment as well as room to stash electronics, a lanyard for keys, and a durable water repellent finish for that unexpected rainfall that always seems to happen on your clear-skied tropical travels. They've got a cool selection of colors to style you out. At a 28L capacity, it'll meet minimalist and light - packing standards for you.
Style up and lighten up with the Jalama Pack HERE
3. Channel Islands Essentials Pack
Attention all you OCD surfers - we finally have organizational awesomeness!! With 42 liters of space, this pack has all the room you need and sectioned off pouches to keep your gear tidy and easily accessible. Channel Islands, with their exceptional attention to detail, also had the revolutionary idea to put water bottle pockets in the front instead of the side as to not ding your boards. You guys rule and we all want your backpack.
Organize and minimize HERE
4. DaKine Jetty Wet/Dry Pack
Well I guess the picture kind of speaks for itself. A pocket that holds some brews for you and a buddy up until you get to your destination? Sold. Besides the beverage - friendly aspects, the DaKine wet/dry jetty is a spacious 32L, has a waterproof roll top, adjustable sternum strap, side access, and is currently on sale in the color below for only $64.
Take a swig and get yours HERE.