Can I Take My Paddle Board On a Plane?

July 17, 2022 4 min read

The first question you may be asking yourself is - can I take my paddle board on a plane? It's important to know that most airlines only accept boards that are under 9'6" in length. They won't pull out a measuring tape and try to measure your board, but if you're greedy you might get denied boarding. Fortunately, you can get a carry-on that is less than that length, so you can avoid any fees!

Transporting a Paddle Board

One of the best ways to transport a paddle board on a plane is to purchase a backpack that can be used as a carry-on. The board can be checked separately or added to your luggage. Paddle boards are lightweight, and they can fit inside most cars and hotel closets. Inflatable paddle boards are easy to transport, and they can be transported by hand or backpack. Because hard paddle boards are considered sports luggage, they can be expensive to transport. In addition, not all airlines will transport them.

Choosing a high-quality iSUP travel bag for your board is a good idea. While most inflatable paddle boards come with a travel bag, you can also purchase one separately. Make sure to purchase a high-quality iSUP backpack to transport your board safely on a plane. A good iSUP travel bag will fit all your gear and is specifically designed for your paddle board.

Protecting Your Paddle

Packing your paddle properly is crucial for the safest travel. Pack your paddle in a mesh bag or in a suitcase with soft items inside it. If you don't want to pack the entire board in a bag, wrap the paddle blade in something soft before packing. If possible, pack your paddle in sections, so that each section will fit in the air travel bag. When packing your paddle, be sure to take care not to break or crack the foam core.

If possible, deflate your paddleboard before packing it. Roll it up, with the pump inside, and then tie it up. We've all been there - and learned the hard way. Once it's rolled up, make sure you tie it up, or you might risk it unraveling and taking up space in your bag. When you're packing your paddle, be sure to check the airline's dimensions and length restrictions to avoid oversize baggage fees.

Taking a Paddle Board on a Plane

Bringing your paddle board on an airplane can be difficult. There are several considerations that need to be made before you begin the process. Generally, you should pack your board in a specially padded case. Paddle boards are delicate and should not be packed in a standard bag as they can get damaged. When packing your board for travel, remember to buy a bag that is slightly bigger than the board itself.

When packing your board, remember that you may need to rent a car to transport it, so plan ahead and consider any additional expenses. Before packing your paddle board, check for flaws, and keep a note of the pressure of your board. Always wear a safety jacket while paddling, and be sure to choose a paddle that matches the board you're traveling with. You can also save money by researching local regulations and fees on your paddle board rental before you leave for your trip.

Avoiding Fees

The first step to avoiding fees when taking a paddle on a flight is to properly pack the board. Paddleboards can be bulky and difficult to pack so you need to think about other gear, like your other luggage. This will ensure that you don't get charged for oversized bags. You will also want to ensure that you measure the board so you don't have to pay any oversize fees.

Check the airline's baggage policy before flying with a paddleboard. Many airlines have strict guidelines regarding the weight and size of sports equipment, and will charge you extra if you are over the limit. Be sure to pre-book your baggage if possible - it's often cheaper. Paddles must be 9'6" or less to be allowed on most flights. If the board is larger than nine feet, most airlines charge you an extra fee for it, and many charge an additional fee for it. In addition, fins, screwdrivers, tapes, and cable ties are not allowed on board.

Investing in a Paddle Board Travel Bag

Whether you're taking your board on a weekend trip or a week-long vacation, it's important to invest in a travel bag to protect your valuable equipment. Paddleboards can be heavy and difficult to pack, so it's important to have a sturdy bag that won't break during transportation. SIC paddleboard bags are designed to protect your paddles from damage during transport. They are constructed from durable fabric with high-density foam padding to protect the board. Paddleboard travel bags are also designed to protect the paddles themselves from airline baggage handling.

When shopping for a travel bag, read reviews to find the best model for your needs. Not only can they provide valuable insight, but they can help you avoid buying a poor quality bag. While local retailers may offer a small selection, online retailers have more options and can accommodate a wider range of budgets. Once you've found a travel bag that suits your needs, you'll be ready to go paddleboarding.



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