Congratulations, you’ve come to the right place! We have a huge range of waterproof bags ideal for stand-up paddle boarding.
We’ll run through some of the options and make some recommendations on the ones our team use when out on the water.
Key to paddle boarding is to avoid too much clutter on the foredeck. Not only is it a faff getting your board into the water and loaded up with shoes, snacks, drinks bottle, phone, car keys, etc. You don’t want it getting underfoot, rolling off into the drink once you get underway. Put them all in a dry bag, or two, and you’re safe in the knowledge that they won’t get wet.
Waterproof waist packs
Waterproof waist packs, aka bum bags or fanny packs are a great way of carrying a light load and a drinks bottle, so you can stay hydrated. We have OverBoard’s two and four litre waist packs in stock. They’re fully waterproof and can handle a brief submersion. Just make sure you roll the top down tightly three to four times before securing with the buckles. These bags have a nicely padded waist strap and a zip out drinks bottle holder. Our team use them for paddle boarding, cycling and hiking, as they’re so versatile. If you know you’re highly likely to fall in, we’d recommend the Swim Secure bum bag. It seals with a triple zip lock and is designed specially for swimmers. It’s slim, so perfect for your phone and a car key.
Waterproof deck bags
Deck bags are specially designed with multiple attachment points to securely lash securely to the foredeck of your paddle board. These are available in yellow or green and take 20 litres of kit. Ideal for longer trips and when you want to carry a change of clothes, snacks and supplies. The deck bags are easily accessed mid-trip thanks their wide opening and easy roll up seal. There is an outer (showerproof) zipped pocket, handy for snacks and an elasticated bungee cord which we use to stash a windproof layer in case it gets blowy out on the water.
Dry Tubes are the most common dry bag and can often be found wedged under the elastic on the foredeck of a paddle board. They come in range of sizes and vibrant colours, from 5 litres up to 40, and if you really need to haul a lot of kit, 60 litres – these one’s have a removable backpack harness. Dry Tubes, thanks to their simple design offer great value for money. They do however lack many of the handy features and zip pockets of the waist packs and deck bags.
Waterproof duffelIf you’re packing for a longer trip (we’ve done a few multi night camping tours down the River Wye) then a waterproof duffel bag can be a good option. OverBoard and Watershed’s duffel bags both come in a range of sizes and colours. Be warned that it is easy to pack a lot of weight into a huge duffel and that makes a SUP unwieldy.
Waterproof backpacks are an option. If packing light, you can paddle with one on your back but we’d generally recommend lashing it to the foredeck, but please do ensure there are no trailing straps or waist belts to get underfoot or drag in the water. Again all the Watershed, OverBoard and Swim Secure backpacks we stock are 100% waterproof and can handle a quick submersion. In fact, Watershed bags are designed for white-water rafting and the like, so can handle a serious dunking thanks to their zip-lock style seal. They really do deserve their premium price point.
Waterproof phone case
What wouldn’t we recommend?
Be safe out there and have fun!