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Traveling to another great SUP destination?

If you’re an avid SUPer like us, then you know there are unlimited spots across the USA for excellent paddleboarding. We love taking our SUP board with us on vacation because it’s a great way to enjoy the local wildlife, scenery, and (hopefully) beautiful weather. Paddling along in the lake or ocean is a great way to relax and enjoy paradise.

However, we know that traveling with a big paddleboard might seem daunting if you have never done it before. Flying with your own SUP boards and other gear requires some planning in advance, but it can definitely work. We will share with you how to back your board to avoid damage, what airline fees to expect, and how to get around with it at your destination.

Plan in Advance

You will need to start your trip with lots of planning for plane tickets, parking, and hotel reservations. Of course, every airline will be different when it comes to the exact fees they will charge. Most airlines do not have a specific category for paddleboards, but many do have the category for surfboards. You can email the airline to clarify and get a definite answer. You can expect to be charged around $150 per board each way for most airlines. For Charleston Airport parking, you can park at an off-site facility to save a good chunk of change on parking. But, make sure they have a way to accommodate your paddleboard before booking. When you are booking your hotel, consider if the hotel has an elevator. You don’t want to be lugging your board up several flights of stairs!

Packing Your Board

Paddleboard bags and paddle bags are super important to protect your beloved SUP gear from scratches and damage. They are also an easy way to carry everything around. Bags should have a minimum of 10mm thickness to provide sufficient protection. Get a bag with a little extra room so that you can stuff it with foam padding material.

Getting Around at Your Destination

You will also need to think about how you are going to carry your board around at your destination. Will you rent a car with racks or do you need to bring your own? Amazon has inflatable racks that can fold up to the size of a small laptop bag. The inflatable racks are great, but they tend to wiggle a bit, so bring some extra straps to tie down your board to the front and rear bumpers of the car. If you don’t want to worry about this, consider staying right on the beach so you don’t have to drive around with the boards.

Contact us if you have any more questions about the best way to care for your paddleboard while traveling. We can provide more helpful information, tips, and tricks to make your vacation easier. Give us a call or email anytime. Happy SUPing!

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