I can't take credit for all of these little doo-dads but they're worth sharing and I'll give credit where and when I can. That being said, here's some cool stuff I'm packing for my upcoming Mex trip:
Go to Home Depot, drop twenty bucks and get yourself a roll of this stuff and some blue painters tape. Wrap the rails, tail and nose of your board in it- believe me, the Bloody Marys will taste much better in the airport bar once you know you've layered on a little more protection. This is what we call double bagging, it's an insurance policy.
These are the racks you need for the rental car. Instead of fastening on the gutter these ones go all the way through the cab of the car- much more secure. These are double racks too so the straps are a little longer which makes loading up big stand ups do-able. You should also bring some extra webbing to extend the racks if you have to. You just tie the extra webbing onto the racks and feed it through the cam and voila! You're ready to rack multiple big boards. Yep Dave- those are yours, still got 'em from last time... just keeping them safe for you!
Extra leashes- FCS makes the best, strongest ones I've used. Tropical wax for the 6'4", get an extra couple bars to give away to the locals- they'll be stoked. Bug spray, get the 100% Deet stuff like I have here (actually it's 98.9% Deet according to the fine print). Be careful with this stuff- it's gnarly. Specifically, don't get it on the plastic of your leash- it weakens it and be careful with it around your trunks too- it can make the nylon all weird. Most importantly, keep it off your balls... some types of pain don't leave your brain so easily.
These little Kool-Aid single serving packs rule! Got to thank Tucker for this one. The place we stay at supplies purified water but who wants to drink plain, luke warm water all day? Put a packet of this in the stuff and it goes down much nicer. Here's an even better one, buy a plastic, screw top Nalgene bottle- put the Kool Aid and water in it and screw it tight. Pop it in the freezer or fridge (our rooms come with small refrigerators) and you've got cold Kool-Aid for your after surf beverage. Unless you drink beer- if that's the case forget the Kool-Aid just buy more Pacificos.