RETREAT MUST HAVES- WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU ON A LOVE SURF YOGA RETREAT
2018 marks our fifth year of steady retreating overseas and within the US. With over 230 people as guests, we have become professionals at giving travel advice when it comes to retreating at a surfing destination spot. Here is a list of retreat must haves and to do's before you leave for your retreat:
- Passport. Before embarking on your trip, make sure that you have checked out if you need a visa, if your passport is up to date, and if you will be traveling within an area that you are allowed to go to. Set yourself a reminder to check out your passport 30 days before your retreat, this way you can tackle any issues with time.
- Cash, credit cards and debit cards. Bring cash for purchases, a-la-carte activities and tipping at the end of the trip. Also, alert your banks you will be traveling so you don't get locked out of your accounts while abroad.
- Good SPF. We have been so stoked for good waves, beautiful beaches, and have forgotten, and we have gotten SO burnt. I highly recommend the Sun Bum SPF for it is the only brand that doesn't burn my eyes when surfing. In particular, the Julian Wilson series of tinted SPF. I love it! I've had surf lessons ruined due to SPF burning my eyes, so be picky!
- Light clothing. There has only been one retreat that we experienced cool weather for one night (hoodie weather). Other than that, we have had many of hot, humid days and nights. Expect tank top and flip flop weather. You will be fine with the hoodie you wore on the plane in case it gets cool. No jeans needed unless there will do a big hike or a visit to a mountain area.
- Bathing suits. At least three. Expect to be in your bathing suit for at least half the time the retreat.
- Cover ups. Read above.
- Mosquito repellent. We mostly retreat during dry season, which means we don't worry much about them, but bringing a small bottle of mosquito repellent will save you in case it rains and the mosquitoes come out to play. As much as I love the smell of the natural alternatives to mosquito repellent such as lemongrass essential oil, buy a semi-natural one instead. You will be better protected.
- Waterproof cases and bags. Bring zip locks, waterproof bags and boxes to store your phones, chargers, iPads and anything else you plan to bring with you on the beach.
- Yoga mat. If you have one that you love, bring it with you. Serious yogis know that a mat is crucial for a good practice. Most places that where we retreat have good quality mats, but bring yours if you love the quality of it. I travel with my small jade mat wherever I go.
- Surfboard. Sometimes taking your surfboard is not the wisest decision. Ask us about the surfboard selection of each location to see if they have your preference of board. You may want to save your money.
- For Costa Rica: Bring a flashlight. Our eco-friendly spot is mostly not lit to support the natural habitat.