Planning an overnight paddleboarding expedition may appear daunting to some, but it does not have to be. In just three easy steps, you’ll be out of your home, on the water with your SUP, and ready to embark on your next adventure. This paddleboarding getaway planning guide will help you save time planning so you can focus on getting excited for your forthcoming adventure.
A well-thought-out plan is the difference between a wonderful SUP adventure and an unpleasant or even dangerous one. As mentioned earlier, a well-thought-out plan includes things like locating a great SUP destination, booking a place to stay, packing the appropriate gear, and so on. It may appear that there is a lot to do, but if you take your time and remain cool, organizing a successful SUP adventure will be a piece of cake.
STEP 1: IDENTIY YOUR PRIORITIES
This is often the most challenging step when it comes to organizing a paddleboarding trip. However, with inflatable SUPs, your options are endless, since they are so versatile and easy to transport. Once you’ve decided the purpose for your trip – you’re already one step closer to having a refreshing SUP experience.
When deciding what’s important, it’s advisable to begin by assessing how much time you have. Obviously, if you only have the weekend, you’ll have to look for somewhere close to your home. On the other hand, if you have a week or two to enjoy, your options increase.
Another thing to consider is what activities you plan on enjoying during your paddleboarding trip. Do you want to just (since it is already overnight) go camping while you’re out in the fresh air? Or would you like to try out some SUP fishing? Either way, ensure you consider your options carefully, and then make your decision.
Finally, it’s critical to consider who you’ll be bringing along on your paddleboarding adventure (that’s if you plan on enjoying the company of someone else). If they’re going paddleboarding with you, think about their skill levels. Do they have any paddling experience? If that’s the case, consider arranging an adventurous journey together. If not, think of a route that is not too difficult and safe, as well as what other activities they might enjoy doing while on a trip with you.
STEP 2: LOOK FOR A PLACE TO STAY
You can start looking into places to stay on your paddle boarding trip(one important thing is first look at weather cast first, as you don’t want to go paddling when there is a heavy rain or storm). This step is made simple thanks to the internet. There are, however, a few alternative approaches you can take to arrive at a decision.
The most typical method is to use a search engine to look for a place to stay. You might begin with a broad search, such as “best SUP destinations.” If you’re lucky, you’ll discover that you’re close to one of the top choices. If not, continue digging. There are always options nearby, many of which will grab your attention.
It’s time to book a place to stay once you’ve decided on a destination. Whatever you do, don’t leave booking a room to the last minute. This will only lead to frustration and stress.
When going on a camping trip, you and your gang may prefer to just camp out in the wild. In this case, your choice of camping accommodation comes right down to personal preference, where you are likely to camp, and the weather. This will help you decide if you’d need either a tent, hammock, or bivvy bag.
If you’ve carefully planned your trip, it will most likely go exactly as intended, with no glitches along the way. However, having a backup plan in place in case things go wrong is a good idea.
Book A Hotel Room
The most costly option. If you’re only traveling with your significant other or a small group of people, this is a good alternative. Also, make sure the hotel you’re staying at isn’t too far from your SUP destination.
Make A Campsite Reservation
The most cost-effective alternative. This is a no-brainer if you enjoy camping and want to save money. A SUP camping trip with a small or large group of pals may be a lot of fun.
Another way to find a place to stay is to look for bodies of water on a map. This method allows you to assess your current location and decide your surrounding possibilities. It’s simple to figure out how long it’ll take you to get there. It’s worth noting, however, that you’ll want to make sure you can paddle on the body of water you’re interested in. You don’t want to trespass, endanger yourself, or be unable to paddle because you didn’t check if it was permitted.
STEP 3: GEAR UP
Yay, you've made it to the last step of planning a good SUP trip! All you have to do now is pack your stuff and you’re good to go. Of course, you’ll want to carry your typical gear, but depending on your plans, you might want to consider bringing a few SUP-specific items. It is recommended that you utilize a checklist to avoid forgetting something. To get you started, we’ve put together a simple paddleboarding adventure checklist. Feel free to print it out and add any extra items you think are necessary. If you save it, the next time you plan, it will be much easier.
SUP ADVENTURE CHECKLIST
- Stand Up Paddle Board
- SUP Paddle
- Air pump (for iSUPs)
- SUP Leash
- USCG-Approved PFD
- SUP travel bag
- Dry Bag
- Bathing Suits
- Extra Clothes (warm and cold-weather attire)
- First Aid Kit
- Don’t forget to pack some camping gear (if you intend on going camping)
As previously stated, this is just a simple checklist to get you started. You’ll probably want to bring a few extra items with you depending on where you’re going and the plans you have.
Enjoy Your SUP Trip!
That’s all there is to it. You’ll be good to go in three simple steps. Remember that any additional time you spend preparing will pay off when you eventually get to go paddleboarding. In fact, you may soon realize that planning an SUP trip is exciting.
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