The Perfect Surf Camp Packing List

Updated: Jun 16, 2020

Everything you need (and don't need) for your Surf Cascais Holiday

How many times have you over packed for a trip? Let’s face it, we've all been there. For a lot of people, a week at our surf villa can be a little different than a normal holiday; most people don’t know what to expect. Our primary advice is this: Less is more. Keep it simple. Keep the essentials and travel light. This can be tricky though, right? So, just in case, we put together an essential packing list with things that might slip your mind due to your sheer excitement of visiting Surf Cascais ;)

Sunscreen & After Sun: This is especially important during the summer months, but it is also useful to have on hand throughout the whole year; sunscreen is essential! If possible, try to find a mineral sunscreen that’s waterproof and well suited to your skin.

A Reusable Water Bottle: Despite what many people tend to believe, the tap water in Portugal is safe to drink. By bringing a reusable water bottle you will save yourself some money, and also save the ocean from unnecessary plastic waste.

In the unfortunate case that you do happen to forget your sunscreen or water bottle, we have both available to buy at our villa store.

Simple First Aid: Hopefully, all things will go well and you won’t get sick during your stay. However, it’s always a good idea to bring some simple medication. Your kit should contain some bandaids, disinfectant, painkillers and any natural medication that you may have to take on a regular base. Be sure to bring a cream for sore or stiff muscles, as this is the most common pain after surf lessons.

We provide all first aid essentials at the villa, except for pain killer medication. It’s also important to remember to bring your health insurance card just incase.

Ear Plugs: If you are a light sleeper, a pair of ear plugs can be useful to ensure a restful nights sleep.

A Good Book: Perfect for relaxing by the pool while you rest your muscles after a good surf lesson.


  • Despite the summer heat it can sometimes get a little chilly or windy at night, so bring a sweatshirt.

  • Swimwear. Pretty obvious, but you would be surprised by how easily it can be to forget. A pair of flip flops or sandals can also come in handy.

  • Rain is not very common during the summer months, but during Spring or Autumn, a raincoat is very useful.

  • Poncho or Beach Towel for chilling or changing at the beach. We also rent and sell beach towels at our villa.

  • Our villa is located on the edge of the Sintra national park and is surrounded by lot of tracks and trails to explore. Therefore a pair of comfortable walking/running shoes are a must.

  • Again, remember to protect yourself from the sun and bring a hat and sunglasses.

  • Comfortable yoga clothing if you are taking some yoga lessons during your stay.

Finally here are some things that you can leave at home:

Bed Linen or a sleeping bag: All of our beds are fully prepared for you when you arrive so there is no need to bring sheets or blankets.

Bath Towels: All of the beds in our villa come with a bath towel for the duration of your stay.

Wetsuits and surfboards: Of course, you can always feel free to bring your own equipment and wetsuit. However, we provide all of the necessary equipment for your surf lessons.

Your Camera: Again, less is more. Our team photographer will be on duty throughout the week to capture your favourite memories. Phone’s also do a great job nowadays.

With the exception of all of that, the one last thing you need is a positive attitude. Leave any bad vibes, fears or worries at home and get ready to make some amazing new friends and have an epic adventure.

If you’re interested in booking a surf villa pack, you can see all of the important information on our website. You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube to get a taste of the action for yourself.

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