The ultimate surf trip is to a remote location to dodge the crowds. But remote means you're not going to be be able to pop down to the local surf shop and grab a coupla fcs plugs when you tear your outta the board on a shallow reef.
Losing a fin is ok, cos you can generally bum one off another surfer - yanking the fin plug out with the fin is another matter all together. Totally worth having a few spare plugs stuffed into your kit bag, cos you'll never know when you'll need one. Bonus is that they weight nothing and take up zero space - no excuse for not grabbing a few from your local shaper before your trip.
No tie-downs, no problem. A coupla shoe laces can do the trick just fine. Lost count of the number of times we've had to shoe-lace a massive coffin bag to the roof racks of a van in the middle of nowhere. Take note that the scientific equation says the driving speed and skill of the driver is inversely proportional to how vas your boards are. The more tenuous the attachment of your boards, the more the ou thinks he's Indo's answer to Michael Schumacker.
Also helps to patch your boardbag together after the baggage muppets have managed to rip gashes in it. Stop the tear in it's tracks before it gets worse. Use it to stick your pool noodles to your rails when trying to make your boards safe for travelling. Get dragged across the reef and rip your baggies. Don't flash your butt to the world - just stick a patch on the tear, one inside, one outside, and you good to go.
You get 'em in smaller travel sizes too. No need to take half a kg of the stuff over with you.
Amazing how even the larniest hotels can have the worst pillows ever. Bizarrely enough, Indo hotels seem to have the thickest pillows in the world. Which is odd cos Indo are generally pretty small people, which means the don't have very wide shoulders - so why hotels think peeps wanna sleep with their necks at a moerse angle is beyond me.
Try and explain to housekeeping you want a thin pillow? Get met with very very blank looks. Much easier to just use your travel pillow instead.
Also useful to grab a doss on the speedboat when you missioning between breaks. Make sure you get one with lil press-studs so you can clip it closed in order to hook it onto your backpack etc.
You can go from budget to deluxe depending on your requirements. The run-of-the-mill drysack is fine to keep stuff dry, but depending on what you planning to do with it and how much you'll be lugging it about, it may be worth considering upgrading to a drybag backpack like the Oakley Motion.