All of us here at iROCKER are hoping our UK friends and fans are staying well throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Even if you’re feeling well, you might be finding that stress and too much time on the couch are beginning to take their toll. You’re not alone! In this post, we’re going to talk about 5 ways a healthy SUP lifestyle can add up to a stronger immune system and help you live a fun, healthy and low-stress life.
How to Pack for a SUP Holiday
Planning a SUP Holiday
First off, let’s talk about where to go. Will you go by car, train or plane? If you want to get far away and plan to fly, check out this list of airline discount codes. Many airlines are offering nice discounts on airfare to some of our favorite SUP destinations, like Alaska, Florida and even Mexico.
Of course, a lot of places still have Covid-related travel restrictions, so be sure to do your research before booking tickets.
If flying is out, then keep it local. The UK is full of perfect spots for your next SUP holiday.
What to Pack for a SUP Holiday
Everyone has their own ideas about what they absolutely must have on holiday. Make it a SUP holiday, and there’s a bit more agreement. For one, we need an awesome iSUP. Easy enough.
For another, we need certain gear for safety and convenience. Things like ankle leashes, carry straps and cooler bags simply are not optional.
Let’s face it, though — every holiday is more fun with a few good accessories. Here’s our list of essentials to pack for every SUP holiday, whether near or far.
iROCKER, BLACKFINN or NAUTICAL Board — Ok, this may seem rather obvious but trust us, it’s not too difficult to forget your board when you’re trying to comply with travel baggage limits. Just as important is your board’s condition. You want it squeaky clean for travel to prevent any damage, and you want to be sure it’s free of any damage. If you find a weak spot, give it a good patch before packing it up.
Patch Kit — Better safe than sorry, right? Always travel with a patch kit and some spare parts in case of emergency.
Ankle Leash — Your ankle leash is your best friend in protecting your iROCKER investment. We recommend keeping a spare in your carry bag at all times. Plus, we’ve launched some gorgeous new colors for 2020. We’re partial to teal but they come in your choice of six trendy colors. Here’s a peek at the teal:
Electric SUP Pump — Whether you’re traveling by car or bike with a fully-inflated board, or with your board rolled up and packed away, you need to be certain to have a pump with you. We’re partial to our 12V Electric SUP Pump because it saves loads of time (and your arms). If you’re budget-minded or looking for an extra arm workout, stick with the hand pump. It’ll get the job done. Whatever you do, be sure to practice safe pumping. See this video for our right way:wrong way tips.
Food and Drink — SUP is a workout worthy of a few extra calories, especially in the hot summer sun. Be sure to pack plenty of food and drink to keep you going. We love our Cooler Deck Bag, of course, but for packing for the long haul, check out our awesome new Backpack Cooler, which does double duty as a dry bag.
Cell Phone Protection — If you don’t have our dry bag, you need to think about protecting your cell phone. This waterproof cell phone case is ultra-convenient but you’ll also love this cell phone holder, which mounts conveniently on the nose of your board.
Bluetooth Speaker — You can put this one on the “want to have” list if it doesn’t quite make the “must have” list. Either way, it’s a great thing to have. After all, what’s the one thing that can turn a typical day of SUP into an epic day of SUP? Great tunes, that’s what! Check out this sweet Bluetooth Speaker by Speaqua. It’s water-resistant, dust-resistant, and shock-proof to boot, and has a built-in mic for speakerphone calls. But there’s one more feature and this is a must-have: a built-in bottle opener.
Tell Us about Your SUP Holiday Plans
So, where’s your next SUP holiday going to take you and what are you packing? We want to know! Send us your ideas using the form below or get in touch on our Facebook page. Don’t forget to send your pics and vids, too!