Do a Dry Run: Lay out and pack everything, packing the heaviest items on the bottom of your dry bags and the most important items that need to be easily accessible on the top. Practice inflating and deflating your iSUP. If you have time, test out your iSUP loaded with your gear bags in the water to check for balance.
Be a Minimalist: Don’t over pack or make your dry bags unnecessarily heavy. The heavier the load the harder it will be to paddle your iSUP through the water, also sapping your energy. Less is always BEST! ;-)
Research and Planning: Figure out where you would like to go and how long it will take you to get there. This is also important in deciding whether or not you will need to pre-arrange return transportation especially if you are not going to and from the same starting point (as in a downwinder). Go over your plans, and invite a friend and/or let someone know your plans as part of your safety precautions. ;-)
Eat and Hydrate well: Be sure to have a good, healthy meal and hydrate prior to heading out. Being well hydrated and with a full belly will not only help to give you more energy but you won’t have to stop right away to eat and drink, allowing for more time for paddling, having fun and getting on with your adventure! Mostly importantly, always be safe … and HAVE FUN!!!