We’ve all been there – you get to the beach and you forgot your fin or paddle. Such a bummer! Use this packing list of 15 paddle board essentials for your car and never forgot gear again.
Gear I Always keep in the Car:
- Fin and fin screws (keep extra screws/plates in a small container)
- Surf wax
- Parachute cord for leash string
- Neoprene hoodie or skull cap such as the NRS Storm Cap.
- Energy bar or gel. I use Hammer Gel which is more healthy than many other similar products.
- Hydration tabs (NUUN)
- 1 gallon of water for hydration.
- Kokatat or Platypus hydration bladder and tube.
- Warm hat
- Sunblock. I use SOL Sunguard, a product that is healthy, good for the environment and a solid screen for us light skinned types.
- Sunglasses retention strap
- Old foam camping pad piece for standing while changing.
- Beach towel or changing cloak. Surf-Fur makes a fleeced lined wind proof cloak which I use in winter. It also doubles as a large winter coat.
Paddle Car Storage Tip:
Paddles are also a regularly forgotten item. If you have a hatchback and ‘oh shit handles’ (handles above passenger side doors), attach an old car rack strap between each (stretched just below ceiling between doors).
Then with the hatchback open, slide your paddle blade (or handle) between the strap and the ceiling. The strap will hold your paddle in place and prevent it from sliding around in the car or get in the way of those sitting. I’ve had a few paddles together up there. If they slide side to side, use a velcro strip (or similar) and wrap tightly around the paddle shaft and strap.
The strap hides your paddle up against the ceiling so you can leave it in the car, depending on your neighborhood. Or leave a beater paddle up there so you always have a back-up. There’s always prone paddling if you do forget the paddle!