When you head out for a multi-day SUP trip, you need the right SUP gear. And when you’re on the adventure of a lifetime, the packing list can be a little hefty. We’re here to help narrow it to the necessities.
The gear you take will depend on the type of trip you’re taking. For the sake of ease and clarity, we’ll outline the basics of an iSUP river camping trip. But whatever the specifics of your trip might be, this list will cover the guaranteed basic SUP gear.
- Hiking Boots
- Socks: two or three pairs
- Underwear: two or three pairs, rash-resistant
- Shorts: three pairs of fast-drying, lightweight athletic shorts
- Shirts: one short sleeve and two long sleeve
- Pants: one pair
- Wide-brim hat
- Sleeping Bag
- Camping Hammock
Food & Drink
- Water Bottle/Bladder
- Water Filter
- Camping Cook Set (pot, pan, auto-stove, mug, spork)
- Collapsible Bucket
- Dish Soap
- Food (energy bars, trail mix, dried fruits, rice, beans, various dry foods)
- Map of the area
- Cell phone with solar charger
- First-aid kit
- Fire starter
- Bungee cords
And of course, your iRocker and paddles
Dry Bags (one large bag for camp stuff and one small bag for everyday items)
Your goal is to pack light and efficiently. But pulling off an overnight SUP trip takes skill, not just baggage. Don’t worry, we’re here to help. And lucky for you, we’re pretty smart.
Tip #1: Do a dry-run
Pack everything into your dry bags, with the heavy stuff on the bottom and gear that needs to be easily accessible on top. Good news! No need to load on your iRocker, as it can be easily deflated and stored in the dry bag. Your chiropractor will love us.
Tip #2: Communicate
We don’t want you to be involved in one of those horrific camping accidents. Things can go wrong, but there are a few preventative measures you can take. Before you leave, make sure someone knows a detailed plan of your trip. Also, turn on location services on your smartphone.
Tip #3: Be a minimalist
Like we’ve been saying all along, keep your SUP gear list to a minimum. There are a couple reasons for this. For one, the heavier your bag, the harder it is to paddle and balance. And unless you’re The Rock, a 300 pound dry bag is not ideal. Not only will the bag be heavy, it’ll be difficult and annoying to dig through a messy, unorganized bag every time you need to access something.
Tip #4: Ease into it
Don’t overestimate your ability. If you’ve never paddled 20 miles, don’t do it on your first overnight SUP trip. The best place to start would be a huge, remote lake with nearby campsites.
Tip #5: Eat well
If you can fish, then fish. But if not, don’t rely on bland food and boring meal bars. One of the best parts of camping is outdoor cooking. Do a little research for campfire recipes and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Lay out your items by weight: Most lighter items will go into the bag first, with heavier items at the top. Other than a couple exceptions (snacks, some toiletries) most items will go in the bag according to weight. Putting the heavy items at the top of the bag between your shoulder blades is the healthiest option for your back. You know how the saying goes, “Packing a backpack the right way keeps the doctor away.” Or something like that.
-Light items: sleeping bag, light clothing, toiletries
-Medium items: food, first-aid kit, heavy clothing
-Heavy items: cooking supplies, water, flashlight
- Consolidate when possible: If you’re packing a pot for cooking, pack supplies like granola bars or toiletries inside.
- Keep a bag of essentials: Items like a map, compass, water, food and a knife should be kept in a plastic bag somewhere you can quickly access it.
Feel ready? With the right knowledge, SUP gear and an iRocker, you’re on the road to an active, well-equipt weekend. Being able to deflate your board when you travel is just another reason iRocker boards are the best. Sorry, we just had to brag a little bit. You’ll understand why once you head out for a hike with a huge weight lifted off your shoulders. Literally.