Matt Chebatoris, founder of SUPExaminer, wrote recently in his Durabag Pro review: “Source Hydration yields a distinctive technological edge over competitors”. For our blog he offered to share his thoughts and tips on hydration while paddling. We’re happy to share what this SUP authority has to say on the topic!

Should you or should you not take water with you when paddling?

This is a frequent question paddlers ask themselves before setting out. You are probably thinking you’ll be alright without taking hydration – a common mistake made by novice paddlers and those less familiar at recognizing how quickly your body can become dehydrated.

As a general rule of thumb, I recommend carrying at least 1L of water anytime you plan to spend a minimum of 50 minutes paddling. Doing so ensures you have something to quench your thirst and prevent your body from becoming dehydrated. By remaining hydrated, you’ll have more energy and will be more alert on the water.

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1L Hydration Pack Enough For Short Tours, But …

If you think there is a chance you’ll extend your paddle for any reason, you may want to take more than 1L. This is especially true if you are paddling in a new area as you never know when you’ll come across something that just has to be looked at longer than perhaps you originally intended.

You’re out there having fun and think, just 20 more minutes. That first 20 minutes turns into 30 and before you know it, another 45 minutes has gone by while you’re out there exposed to the fresh air and (hopefully) a bit of sunshine.

Hydration Pack Or Bottle? Up To You!

Many paddlecraft come equipped with bungee cords which are perfect for holding a water bottle or two. You could even secure a hydration bladder like the Kayak Durabag beneath the bungees, if carrying it on your back (like with the new SOURCE Verve) or around your waist like the Hipster Wave is not desireable. Bottle or bladder, the choice is up to you!

Whatever method you choose, the most important factor is to get into the habit of taking water to drink when you set out paddling. And having a drinking valve available to take sips hands-free while paddling is for sure an option to test!

Matt Chebatoris at is a former national security professional and lifelong adventurer. He has published material on a variety of topics and founded SUP Examiner™ to share his knowledge with others. Matt resides in Los Angeles with his wife Karen and their tuxedo cat Maximilian.

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