What To Pack For A Golf Trip

In this post we give a list of some of the best things you should pack for your next golf trip.

What To Pack For A Golf Trip
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Golf trips are one of the most exciting and cool things about the game. Travelling to places at home or abroad, clubs in tow, competing against your mates, it doesn't get any better right? Well before you go and book your next trip, you need to make sure you have everything you need for the trip. This is where this guide comes in. 

When you haven’t got the luxury of opening the boot and filling it with every last drop of your golfing bits then you have to be a bit more savvy. So from your travel bag itself to the contents of it we’ve got you covered. We have split this guide up into luggage because let's face it, we all need an upgrade of our golf travel bag right now, golf accessories to make life easier on the course, and general accessories that enhance your experience out in the sun or when travelling. We have also included some of our best travel and packing tips further down this page as well.

Below are some of the best golf accessories that you should think about getting for your next golf trip. Also we recommend checking out our post on the best golf luggage and best golf travel bags as well.

What To Pack For A Golf Trip


Golf Accessories

Our top tips

One of our writers Roderick Easdale is a man who has traveled A LOT over the years meaning he is well versed on the do's and don'ts for packing and golf travel. As such I picked his brain for some top tips and the general techniques he uses. Here are 11 of them.

  • Avoid extra hold luggage - The only thing I put in the hold is my golf travel bag. The rest of my clobber either goes inside this golf travel bag or in my hand luggage.
  • Use all available space - There is often a fair bit of space left inside a golf travel bag once the golf bag has been inserted, so utilize this by placing a bag of clothes in here, or you can get a pair of shoes in maybe.
  • Use your weight allowances - As a rough rule of thumb, budget airlines allow 20kg for golf bags, the rest 23kg. Golf bags themselves tend to weigh roughly around 12kg, so this leaves plenty of capacity for other item to go in the golf travel bag.
  • Favor clothes which you can wear both on and off course, for example golf street shoes - This way you don't have to pack more shoes and more clothes when you have versatile models.
  • If you plan to bring back wine/alcohol from your trip, take bubble wrap or utilize all clothing that can be used as cushioning - that way you can wrap up any purchases in padding get them home safely in your golf travel bag.
  • Check the weather forecast - Are you likely to have to golf in the rain? If so, you may need clothing to help - like rain jackets or rain pants.
  • Roll soft clothing to fill the gaps in your golf bag - also group items together when you roll to reduce creasing.
  • Pack any light-colored clothing inside out - this is because if marks picked up in transit don’t show.
  • Liquids - Don’t forget to place any liquids of over 100ml in your golf bag as they can’t be kept in hand luggage.
  • Utilize all space - One such example is stuffing your shoes with smaller items to make the most of spare space.
  • Try and use the airlines hand luggage provision to take just the one bag - no-one wants to be carrying a big case as well as a golf bag.

How we test golf equipment

At Golf Monthly we seek to test all golf gear as thoroughly and extensively as possible, and then we can pass on our findings to you. This usually takes the form of using the equipment on and off the golf course, over a number of rounds and in different conditions. By doing this we can see what the products are actually like to live with and use day to day. 

We think this allows us to then write concise and informative reviews to inform your buying decision. On that kind of note we should say no manufacturer can pay for a good review because we tell it how it is. 



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Sam Tremlett
Senior Staff Writer

A golfer for most of his life, Sam is a Senior Staff Writer for Golf Monthly. 

Working with golf gear and equipment over the last six years, Sam has quickly built outstanding knowledge and expertise on golf products ranging from drivers, to balls, to shoes. 

He combines this knowledge with a passion for helping golfers get the best gear for them, and as such Sam manages a team of writers that look to deliver the most accurate and informative reviews and buying advice. This is so the reader can find exactly what they are looking for.

Sam now spends most of his time testing and looking after golf gear content for the website, whilst he is also responsible for all content related to golf apparel. 

He also oversees all Tour player content as well so if you need to know what clubs Tiger or Rory has in play, Sam is the person to ask. 

Unfortunately, Sam is not a member of any club at the moment but regularly gets out on the golf course to keep up the facade of having a handicap of five. 

Sam's What's In The Bag: 

Driver: Titleist TS3 (9 degrees) 

Fairway Wood: Callaway Paradym (15 degrees), Nike Covert Tour 2.0 (19 degrees) 

Irons (4-PW): Titleist AP2 

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 54˚, 58˚ 

Putter: Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5.5 

Ball: Srixon Z-Star Diamond

Shoes: G/FORE Gallivanter/Nike Air Zoom Infinity NEXT%/Cuater The Ringer/adidas Tour 360 22