Regardless of the kind of paddleboard you have, when you travel, you should always use a bag to keep your board portable and protected. It is best to purchase a bag that is a little bigger than your board so you will have the extra room to include your paddle gear and padding material. If you need more durability in your back, there are a few options that are specifically for airlines that come with a durable material, thick padding, and extra wheels that help you get through any airport and keep your board safe. These bags can be pricey but if you’re paddleboard is important to you, it is worth the extra money. Remember, too, to keep some extra patches available in case your board still gets damaged.
Since inflatable boards are the easiest to travel with, there are bags made specifically for them. One of my friends over at movers Atlanta damaged one of these while moving a client last year. They had to replace it and it wasn’t cheap! These bags are built with heavy-duty polyurethane wheels, top and side grab handles, padded shoulder straps, and noncorrosive heavy-duty zippers. The wheels are great to help you haul your bag around without having to carry it your entire trip. This bag can fit in any trunk and is easy to check in. In my opinion, it is the easiest bag for traveling with your paddleboard.
Of course, keeping your paddles in good shape is also important as you travel. Our suggestion is to purchase a three piece travel paddle that can break down, making it easier to store. If you must travel with a one-piece paddle, you need to get a bag with extra protection for it. For consolidating, you can try storing your paddle inside of your paddleboard bag.
It is always important to pack your paddleboard appropriately. Use protective material to wrap the rails, tail, and nose since these areas tend to get damaged the easiest. You can also wrap foam or towels around your board to give it more protection until you get to your destination. Just keep in mind the airports weight limits as you pack your paddleboard bag, as well as remember that your gonna be the one caring your bag around the airport.
Hopefully, these tips will help you the next time you travel with your paddleboard.