This guide lists all the essential SUP overnight gear for SUP touring trips along with optional, but highly recommended gear to make your overnight SUP tour safe, enjoyable & comfortable.
Starting with the most bare bone essential SUP overnight gear, this checklist then covers other optional gear that you might want to bring along. By no means is this list exhaustive & comprehensive for paddling in all type of conditions, but offers a great starting point for anyone getting more into SUP touring or looking to do SUP overnights. As usual, always use your best judgement & do your own research into the current weather & conditions in your area & make gear adjustments accordingly.
Since space is so limited on the board, it’s best to go with all backpacking gear that is ultralight weight & low volume. If you’re a backpacker, you’ll probably have all this gear already. This gear will cost more, but well worth it in the long run. In my experience, having the best gear possible makes a huge difference.
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Essential SUP Overnight Gear
- SUP Board (To check out our post about what board would be best for multi-day SUP trips, click here)
- Main Dry Bag – 70-115L Hydraulic Dry Bag (I usually opt for “River” quality ones)
- Smaller Dry Bag – 20L Hydraulic Dry Bag
- Sleeping Bag (Down is easiest since space is tight)
- First Aid Kit
- 10L Water Dromedary Bag
- Water bottle (for use while SUPing)
- Backpacking Stove & Fuel
- Matches & lighter
- Ziplock bag or trash bag (for trash)
- Backpacking Pot (for cooking…)
- Cup & Bowl
- Eating utensils
- Bivy or small backpacking tent
- Board Net & Cinch Straps (If needed to secure gear to board)
- Toilet Paper in Ziplock Bag
- Headlamp (Check batteries or bring extra before leaving)
- Flip Flops
- Microfibre Towel
- Fins & Snorkel
- GoPro or other camera
- Poop tube (Necessary in some places)
- Dehydrated food
- Tent footprint
- Tent Stakes
- Backpacking chair
- Kayaking Lamp (required if planning at paddling at sunrise, sunset, or at night)
- Inflatable sleeping Pad
- Nautical Compass
- Lip Balm
- Nautical Charts
- Dehydrated Food
- Waterproof Rain Jacket
- Fishing pole (Check to make sure fishing is allowed & if it is, carry necessary licenses)
- Pelican Case (I use a 1400 for my DSLR which fits in most board’s front bungee system)
- Rumpl (Basically a down sleeping bag blanket, it’s my PIC (personal item of comfort))
- Screwdriver (If you need to put the fin into your SUP or tighten an adjustable paddle)
- Batteries/ Charge Packs & Cords or Goal Zero solar panel
- Cooler (If you have the room on your board, it’s nice to have a seat behind you)
- Bear Safe Container
- Throw Rope
- Lifeproof or other waterproof case for phone
Curious what I use? Click here to see my list with links in it.
Did I miss any essential SUP overnight touring gear? What gear do you take with you for your overnight SUP adventures? Leave a comment below on your own essential gear.