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As summer moves into August, you might be wondering how you can switch up your camping adventures to include paddleboarding.

SUP camping is not only fun, but it’s also a great way to find lakeside campsites and experience nature in a whole new light.

Where do I go SUP camping?

Start by looking at campsites on a website like AllTrails. Make sure that you’re allowed to camp there, and have paid any necessary camping fees or reserved your spot. If campsites are first-come-first-served, make sure you start paddling early enough to get to your campsite before it’s full.

Always practice pack in, pack out rules – take all trash with you and pack lightly, and leave no trace.

Summer camping and paddleboarding guide

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You’ll want to pack light and store everything in dry bags (1-2 large bags, and 1-3 smaller bags with essentials). Make sure you pack a small tent, sleeping bag, flashlight, camping stove with a pot, camp dishes, toiletries, a map or GPS, tools, food, water, a water filter, and a first aid kit.

It’s always a good idea to bring rain gear as well if you have space for it. Make sure that you strap all gear down onto the board. You can balance your gear by strapping it to the front of the board and paddling from the back, or whichever configuration you like best.

camping and paddleboarding



While an iSUP works best for SUP camping because it’s collapsible, any board can be used so long as it has a place to strap things down. Check out the Focus iSUP board here:

Where will your SUP adventures take you?

prepare you next camp


* Photos by @supboardshopod | @theboulderhikerchick

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