Did you see our recent post on planning an epic paddle board vacation? If not, hop on over to read it here because it’s packed with great tips for SUP fun all winter long. As we were doing our research for that post, we were shocked to learn how many paddlers never take their boards on vacation. Gasp! It turns out, a lot of people don’t know how easy it is to pack and store an inflatable paddle board for a much-needed winter getaway.
So in this post, we’re going to show you our simple steps for packing your inflatable paddle board for storage, transport or best of all, travel.
How to Clean Your Inflatable Paddle Board
Whether you plan to take an epic winter paddle board vacation or not, giving your board a thorough clean is a good idea. You should do this at least twice each year or better yet, after each use.
We know you’re busy and cleaning anything takes time you might not have. That’s ok. Your iROCKER will stand up to a little neglect now and then. But when it comes to packing your board away for a season or for travel, it’s really important to give your board a thorough cleaning. Here’s how:
- Use a fresh water hose to get all sand and debris off all parts of your board. Don’t scrub your board with any debris on it!
- Next, use a mild, environmentally friendly (and board-friendly) cleanser to soap up your board from nose to tail. Don’t forget the sides and the fin! While you’re at it, be sure to soap up your accessories too.
- Give it a good rinse. Better yet, give it two good rinses.
- Once everything is squeaky clean, use a good quality shammy like this one to dry everything.
Tip: While you’re getting down and dirty with your board and its parts, this is a great time to check the health of your equipment. Is your carry strap in good shape? Is your cell phone holder bolted on tight? What about your paddle? Give everything a good look and make any fixes before storing your board.
Proper Equipment Makes Packing a Paddle Board a Snap
Once your board and paddle are good and clean, and you’ve checked the health of all of your equipment, you’re ready to deflate your board and pack it away. To do this right, you need a good pump and a great storage bag.
When it comes to pumps, there are two types: manual and electric. Both get the job done right. Of course, we’d rather have more time for paddling and less time for deflating so we’re fans of the electric pump. If you don’t have one, you can get one here.
Deflating and inflating your board will take a few minutes either way. Don’t rush this process. If you do, you risk damaging your board. Just wait it out and let your equipment do the hard work for you.
Tip: There’s more great info on deflating and inflating your iROCKER inflatable stand up paddle board here.
Next, you need to pack your board into a board-friendly bag. Trying to stuff your board and its parts into a bag made for clothes is like eating a hot dog on a hamburger bun. Just don’t do it!
When it comes to inflatable stand up paddle board storage bags, you have a wide selection all over the Internet. Here at iROCKER, we make two and we love them both. Depending on how you plan to store you board and whether you plan to travel with your pack will determine which bag is better for you. Let’s break it down.
Premium Back Pack Carry Bag
Our premiumback pack carry bagis priced right and has everything you need for convenient and safe storage of your board. There’s space inside for your paddle parts and accessories, and padding on the outside to make hiking with your bag painless. Interior cinching straps keep everything in its place during storage and an exterior mesh pocket gives you a little extra storage for whatever extras you want to store with your board.
BLACKFIN Roller Travel Back Pack
If you’re likely to take your board on a flight or a train, you’ll probably want to get this roller travelback packso you can pull instead of carrying your pack. It has much of the same great design the carry bag has, including an affordable price and nice features to make traveling with your gear comfortable while also protecting your board.
It also has wheels!
Give Your Paddle Board Some Breathing Room
Now that your board is clean, your equipment has been checked and tightened and everything has been neatly packed away in your bag, it’s time to store everything correctly. This might seem like a no-brainer: find a corner on the porch or in the garage and plop it down, right?
Most things benefit with a little breathing room, including your iROCKER. This is because it’s important to prevent mold or mildew from growing on your board or equipment. You also want to keep dust, critters and harsh sunlight away.
Take the time to choose a spot specifically for your gear, preferably off the ground, away from moisture and direct sunlight, and indoors if you can make the space.
Tip: Make absolutely certain all equipment is thoroughly dry before packing it away for travel or long-term storage.
Plan a Trip
Now that your iROCKER is clean, dry and packed neatly into your handy bag, shouldn’t you plan a trip? We think so! Tell us where you’re planning to paddle this season using the fields below. We love travel SUP stories!