Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) Checklist

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This article is part of our series: Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) for Beginners

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Heading out on the water? For a day of recreational paddling on calm water or a guided tour, you really need very little essential gear. That said, this checklist will help you plan the clothing and other items that can make your experience more comfortable and fun. 

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Essential Gear



Clothing and Footwear


Note: Dress for the water temp, not the air temp—a capsize (and hypothermia) can happen suddenly; avoid cotton, which will chill you; quick-drying clothing is a must.

For warm weather and warm water (>70°F), choose clothing that dries quickly:


For cold weather and/or cold water (<60°F), choose clothing that insulates:


Recommended Personal Items



Other Gear Items


The following gear and paddle board accessories are optional depending on how you plan to use your board. If you’re going on an extended day tour through open water and/or planning to camp overnight, you’ll want many of these items with you, and you should carry the Ten Essentials.

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