ROOM AND BOARD
If you are planning a team trip, most teams prefer to stay in the same hotel and block of rooms. Since many teams travel to the same races year after year, they often book rooms months in advance and it is in your best interest to do so as well. PADDLES
Flight regulations and costs change on a regular basis, so check with your airline for specific restrictions and costs associated with equipment shipping.
It can be expensive and difficult to for individual paddlers to fly with their own paddle and many teams opt to combine this cost into one or two bulk carriers to save on cost and headache (except for whoever is stuck carrying the bulk bag).
The choice of a hard or soft case is more personal preference but the following have been successfully used to transport paddles in bulk:
OUTSIDE OF THE U.S.
- Golf bags
- Sport tubes (snowboard carriers)
- Rifle cases
- Specialty dragon boat paddle cases
While it is possible to book group flights, for most teams, it isn't practical as each paddler ends up having different arrival/departure dates. If your club can make this happen, you can save a lot of money on travel costs. However, if individuals start backing out and you drop below the minimum required for the discount, you may be liable for a large sum of money to make up the difference. Each club has its own characteristics for travel, please make travel arrangements accordingly.
DON'T FORGET YOUR PASSPORT!