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8 Sup Boarding Tips In 2021 (You Wish You Knew Sooner)

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Are you passionate about stand-up paddleboarding? Need to take a few days to escape your daily life and explore nature? Then you are in the right place.

Although traveling for a SUP boarding adventure may seem daunting or impossible in 2021, you will be surprised at how easy it is to organize. Below are some of our travel tips on SUP boarding in 2021.

Prepare for the SUP Adventure

Research on the area

Before any trip, it is essential to understand the area you are going to better. The same applies to when you are traveling for SUP boarding. Online research of the local area and studying the waters you will be dealing with will allow you to pack the necessary equipment. 

Know how the weather will be

Once you research the area, it is time to know how the weather will be during your trip. Research on past weather and compare with the predictions of the days you will visit the area. With this, you will be able to stay updated and enjoy your trip without any surprises. 

List what you need and pack accordingly

If you are going out of town, make sure you list down everything you will need thoroughly and pack the items one by one to not miss out on anything. The list will depend on your going to and how long you will stay in that place. 

If you’re going to camp in a local area, make sure to pack enough food to sustain you for the time you will be in that place. Investing in the best beach cabana can provide you shelter and extra shade from the sun and the rain during 

your SUP boarding adventures.

Get the best paddleboard, sup board carry bag, and SUP pump

 For the best SUP boarding trip and experience, endeavor to find the best SUPing board on the market. Whether you are going out of the country or choose to stay within, your paddleboard should allow you to travel with it easily. An inflatable SUP board can easily roll up and fit in a backpack or even your suitcase. 

Furthermore, most of the best SUP boards will come with a high-quality SUP backpack to offer you a convenient way to pack the board and transport it. It will also take up less room than hard boards allowing you space to carry more of your other travel necessities. 

For the sake of hard boards, we recommend a SUP travel board bag that is slightly taller than your board. This will allow you to store your board and also have some extra room for your paddling gear. These bags feature extra protection for the board to keep it from getting damaged while on the road.

A SUP pump, specifically the SUP electric air pump, will allow you to get straight to fun as it will inflate your SUP board in the shortest time possible.

Carry the right paddle

While it’s essential to have the best SUP board for your trip, it is also equally important to invest in the right paddle if you are looking to travel for SUP boarding. We recommend a three-piece travel paddle because it can easily fit in a SUP board carry bag. 

This paddle type is easily broken down into a smaller manageable piece that you can fit anyway among your luggage bags. However, if you prefer your one-piece paddle and aren’t looking to travel far, we recommend you do so with a good paddle bag.

Learn about the airline board fees

Although inflatable boards may not be noticeable, it is crucial to know the airline board fees if you are required to pay for yours. When choosing an airline to travel with, learn about their paddleboard travel rules so that you are not caught off guard. 

There are many options to choose from when it comes to airlines, and they all differ in pricing and restrictions. When it comes to SUP boards, you might not find their specific category in pricing but will rather be priced the same as surfboards. 

An airline that won’t charge you according to the number of boards you have can be a great option. Check with your preferred airline and see if their charges favor you and your planned trip.

Be on the lookout

Regardless of where you plan to go for stand-up Paddleboarding, always be on the lookout. Keep your SUP boards safe and away from if they are not in use to avoid being stolen. Also, never keep your SUP board idle and in the sun, reducing its durability.

Have travel insurance

Whether you are a beginner or not, travel insurance is one of the most important things you need on any trip. Anything can happen; therefore, you need to be prepared for any emergencies that can arise on your SUP boarding trip. It is better to enjoy your adventures while preparing for all situations, especially if you are in a foreign country far from home.


Whether you’re planning to travel within or to a remote island for your SUP boarding adventures, it will be a lot easier with our tips above. These travel tips will surely help you plan and have the easiest SUP boarding adventure without any difficulties.

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