Summer 2023 Activities and Tips for Travel

Summer is a great time to enjoy outdoor activities like kayaking, biking, and camping. Here are some tips to make the most of your summer fun:

Tips on Kayaking:

If you're new to kayaking, start with calm waters and wear a life jacket. Take a lesson or go with a more experienced kayaker to learn the proper technique. Pack plenty of water, sunscreen, and snacks for your adventure. If you're looking to transport your kayak on your car, you'll need a kayak rack. Here are a few types of kayak racks for cars:

  1. J-Cradle Kayak Rack: This type of rack is shaped like a J, which allows the kayak to sit on its side. J-cradle racks are popular because they keep the kayak more stable and can usually accommodate wider kayaks. An affordable, yet top-quality Italian-Made J-rack can be found here
  2. Windsurf Pads: these are two pads that you easily install on your cars roof bars that support the kayak's hull. These racks are versatile and can accommodate kayaks of different sizes and shapes. These windsurf pads are a quick and easy alternative to having to install the kayak carriers. 

Tips on Biking:

Choose a scenic route with good bike trails or quiet roads. Make sure your bike is in good condition before you hit the road. Wear a helmet and bring plenty of water, snacks, and a map or GPS.

We highly suggest using Electric bikes (e-bikes). They have become increasingly popular in recent years, and if you want to transport your e-bike on your car, you'll need to consider some factors when choosing a bike rack. Here are some popular bike racks for cars that are compatible with e-bikes:

  1. Hitch-mounted bike racks: These racks attach to your car's hitch and are popular because they're easy to install and can hold multiple bikes. When choosing a hitch-mounted rack for your e-bike, make sure it's rated to carry the weight of your bike. Explore some italian-made hitch bike racks here.

  2. Roof-mounted bike racks: These racks are installed on the roof of your car and are a good option if you have a smaller car or limited storage space. However, they can be more difficult to load and unload than hitch-mounted racks. Explore a premium roof bike carrier here.

  3. Trunk-mounted bike racks: These racks attach to the trunk of your car and are the most affordable option. However, they can be less stable than hitch-mounted or roof-mounted racks, and may not be suitable for heavier e-bikes. Here are some trunk bike racks. 

When choosing a bike rack for your e-bike, make sure it's rated to carry the weight of your bike and has enough clearance to accommodate the larger frame of an e-bike. You'll also want to make sure the rack is compatible with the type of battery on your e-bike, as some racks may not be suitable for certain battery configurations.

Remember to always read the manufacturer's instructions carefully and double-check that the rack is securely installed before transporting your e-bike on your car.

Tips on Camping:

Plan ahead by choosing a campground and reserving a spot. Check the weather forecast and pack appropriate clothing and gear. Bring plenty of food, water, and a first aid kit. Don't forget insect repellent and a flashlight or lantern.

You might also be thinking about how you're going to transport your family and all you need for a fun camping trip. There are plenty of solutions on how to optimize your vehicle's space. The best and cheapest option is purchasing a cargo box. This is a great way to increase your car's storage capacity by a long shot.  

Remember to always follow safety guidelines and respect the environment when enjoying outdoor activities.

Have a fun and safe summer!

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