Packing is a skill, though in the right hands it can be a form of art. Some people can pack a month's worth of clothes and kit down to the size of a shoebox, whereas others need a truck just to themselves.
In addition to your paddling equipment and off-water clothing, you need to remember essentials, such as repair kits, safety devices, mobile phones, and power supplies. Be sure to pack for the worst, and don't take chances on leaving out non-essential items, especially if traveling by plane. If you own an Earth River SUP board, you will have one of our fantastic board bags. The options of backpack straps for hiking or the pull-along wheels make the bag very easy to take just about anywhere. The bag is big enough for all your paddleboarding essentials with plenty of space to pack accessories and other belonging too.
Think about what you will need to carry on the water and make sure you have a dry bag large enough for everything. If you need to carry bulky things like sleeping bags, we recommend double bagging to ensure a good night's sleep. If you are heading on a multi-day trip, then its worthwhile to practice paddling with a loaded board, as it is a much different experience in terms of balance and propulsion in the water. It will also give you the opportunity to load the board in different configurations to find something that works best prior to your trip.
Another option, if there are enough members of your team, is to have a tow SUP. This is exactly what it sounds like. The idea is that you load up one SUP with gear, and members can take turns towing it behind them. This allows you to take much more gear than you could on a board with a rider and is a great way to transport tents and larger equipment.
Redundancy is key, especially on longer trips. Always carry a manual pump or two among the group, even if you choose to inflate with the ERS 12VDC + GO™, as electronics require a backup, especially in remote locations. Have spare paddle screws, fins, repair kits, tow ropes, fin keys, valves, waterproof tape, and anything else that could possibly need replacing.