How to Pack a Surfboard for Travel

How to Pack a Surfboard for Travel
If you're lucky board is a necessity for your next surf trip, make sure to keep it safe with proper packing. Remember that the airlines are not going to do much to keep your board safe. It's up to you to use sufficient padding and insulation to ensure a dent-free arrival. Remember to use bubble wrap, clothes and your wetsuit to protect your board and cut down on miscellaneous luggage at the same time.

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Instructions

Things You’ll Need:
  • Surfboard bag Fin key Foam pipe insulation Bubble wrap Duct tape Wetsuit, shirt and padding
  • Surfboard bag
  • Fin key
  • Foam pipe insulation
  • Bubble wrap
  • Duct tape
  • Wetsuit, shirt and padding
Step 1
Purchase a surfboard bag that fits your board. This will prevent dents and other damage during your flight or transport. A bag that's approximately 6 inches longer than your board will leave a little extra room for padding. Finding a hardcover bag will offer added protection for your board, and one with wheels will help get your board from your car to airport security with ease.
Step 2
Scrape the wax off your board to keep it from melting on your bag. Airplane cargo holds are notoriously hot and are not temperature regulated.
Step 3
Take the fins off of your board, and wrap them in a beach towel and pack in the board bag. Tape the fin key to one of the fins to ensure you don't lose it. Standard fins need a fin box or polystyrene blocks to protect them.
Step 4
Cut a slit down a piece of foam pipe insulation and secure it around the rails of your board with heavy tape. You can also wrap them in bubble wrap.
Step 5
Duct tape your wet suit or beach shirts around the nose and tail. These areas are more vulnerable to damage and need extra protection. Make sure the nose and tail have some room in case the insulation bunches.
Step 6
Wrap the entire board in bubble wrap to ensure ultimate protection against dents and damage.
Step 7
Write "This End Up" or "Fragile" on your board bag for a little added insurance against rough handling.

Tips & Warnings

 
Include a ding repair kit in your luggage to fix your board if any damage occurs in transit. If you're going on a short vacation, consider renting a board instead.
 
Include a ding repair kit in your luggage to fix your board if any damage occurs in transit.
 
If you're going on a short vacation, consider renting a board instead.
 
Make sure the airlines you want to fly accept surfboards. Most airlines will charge $50 to $100 or more for a surfboard.
 
Make sure the airlines you want to fly accept surfboards.
 
Most airlines will charge $50 to $100 or more for a surfboard.

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