How To Plan And Prepare For A Family SUP Adventure To Australia

Taking your family on a SUP adventure to Australia will require much preparation. Here are some of the most important things to consider so you could prepare and plan this trip much better. 

Do Research

Doing the proper research before your SUP adventure in Australia is extremely important because it will ensure that you’re prepared so you can have a safe and successful trip. First and foremost, you should research the specific part of Australia you intend to explore. This means taking the weather and the landscape (as well as anything that might be hiding in it) into account. Furthermore, you should research the routes and areas to avoid on the internet as experienced expeditioners note. 

Be sure to mark every camping site on your map and carry it with you. In addition to this, you can use mapping software to trace your route and to show mileage between destinations and the said campsites. It takes a lot of effort to make a good map, but it will pay off in the long run because it will make your trip a lot smoother. Knowing the weather is also highly recommended as rainy days can severely impact your SUP adventure, especially if stormy weather is on the horizon.

Essential Items to Pack

Even though everyone has their idea of what is necessary for a SUP adventure, everyone needs to agree on some things. In addition to this, some accessories can ensure an epic SUP adventure, so it’s always advised to do proper research and to consult the experts on what should be on your checklist. 

Some of these items may seem crazy or obvious, but as the experiences with many other SUP adventurers have shown, it’s important to note them nonetheless. This is all the more important if you’re responsible for the rest of your family – a thorough checklist will go the extra mile. These are some of the most important items you need to pack so your SUP adventure (in Australia specifically) will be epic.

SUP Gear

  • A paddleboard – Don’t laugh, many people have gone on a SUP adventure without one. Moreover, ensure that you find the best SUP for all of your family members because the board size (length and width) will depend on their body size. This will keep the SUP adventure smooth and without much difficulty.
  • A patch kit – Much as you need an emergency medical kit, your paddleboard and equipment will need a patch kit too. This will help you mend all emergency tears and replacements.
  • A pump – Most paddleboards are inflatable for easy transport which is why you need to have a pump on hand. This is especially important if you have plenty of boards to inflate.
  • Ankle leash – This is equally important as the paddleboard itself. If you don’t have an ankle leash you will end up chasing after your paddleboard when you fall far from it.

Energy Supplies

  • Energy Bars – They can do a great job at providing you with energy because paddleboarding can be a strenuous activity
  • Water – This goes without saying

Other Items

  • A dry bag – To keep all of your clothes and items dry should they tip over in the water
  • Waterproof Cell Phone Case – To keep your phone safe while you take amazing photos of your SUP family adventure across scenic Australia

Know these Safety and Practicality Tips

Preparing your family can ensure SUP adventure means that you should know the basic safety measures and some practical tips to ensure smooth sailing (pun intended). In the case of a SUP adventure, this means getting the appropriate level of training before you venture into the deeper waters. Even though all of your family may be tempted to just buy a board and just head out on the open water, having at least a few training sessions can teach all of you the right technique. 

A big part of paddleboarding is knowing how to get back on the board if you fall in, and as it’s usually the case with beginners, this is bound to happen often. In addition to this, be sure to check the weather for any offshore winds which can quickly blow your paddleboard far out to the sea, making it extremely difficult to paddle back to the shore. This can put all of you at risk. Furthermore, you should always have a small medical kit on hand and plenty of sunscreens.

Be sure to review all safety measures and ensure the proper gear is in place. Having too big or too small of a board can ruin the whole trip so it’s important to choose them for each family member based on their body size. 

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Noah Murphy

I have a great interest in travel, adventure and politics. I moved to Australia age 25 from England. From a young age I have always viewed the world as an opportunity. My travel and current affairs writing offers me a opportunity, my approach to life is a shared learning journey, were we meet many travelers along their life's journey, what matters to me is capturing the moments. I reflect, grow and share as much as possible on my journey towards self actualization.

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