How to Ship a Kayak | Shipping a Kayak Internationally

Send a kayak by courier | Ship a kayak and inflatable raft overseas

By working with the most reputable logistics companies, we have helped many businesses and individuals to send kayaks, inflatable rafts, paddles, and other gear abroad. Avoid the high airline rates for taking such big items on a plane; send your kayak and rafting equipment internationally by courier and save on the shipping cost. Benefit from our expert’s recommendations on how to package your kayak for shipping and get it safely delivered to the chosen destination.

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Shipping a kayak internationally with Eurosender

At Eurosender, we can recommend several transportation methods for delivering a kayak or shipping an inflatable raft by courier:
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Packing a kayak for shipping it internationally

We know you may be wondering how to pack and ship a kayak across the country or overseas, as they are not cheap, and the last thing you want is that it gets damaged while being in transport. Therefore, the most important thing you need to pay attention to is the packaging. In the guide below, you will find all the required materials and instructions on how to ship a kayak or inflatable raft.

  1. Disassemble the kayak. Put all the items inside a bag and secure them somewhere inside the sitting compartment of the kayak.
  2. If shipping an inflatable raft, deflate it completely. Then roll the raft and secure it with rope.
  3. Cover the kayak with bubble wrap. You can add a couple of layers to ensure its maximum protection, especially around the edges.
  4. Add adhesive tape. Tightly tape the bubble wrap.
  5. Place the kayak in cardboard. As this is obligatory with many courier companies, make sure you cover all the parts with cardboard and seal them with tape to ensure it stays in place. If you book the pallet delivery service, you will have to place the kayak on a pallet instead.

How to ship a kayak without packaging

Shipping a rigid kayak without packaging is possible with our Van Delivery Service. With this solution, you will have an entire van reserved for your shipment, so you can place the items in the vehicle as you see fit.

Important: Even though there are no strict packaging restrictions for the Van Service, we recommend protecting your kayak for shipping with bubble wrap or moving blankets to make sure it will not be damaged during transit.


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  • Safest mode of transport for packed or unpacked items

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FAQ – Sending a kayak or rafting equipment with a courier

What is the best way to ship a kayak?
It depends on the size of the kayak you want to ship.
  • Inflatable kayaks: The best option for shipping inflatable kayaks or canoes is by deflating them and packing them into a cardboard box. This way, you will be able to ship your kayak through regular courier services and save on shipping costs.
  • Rigid kayaks: In most cases, shipping rigid kayaks requires a tailored solution because this is an item of non-standard size, making it hard to pack on a pallet or box. The best solution for shipping a rigid kayak across the country or overseas is through the Van Delivery Service, so you don’t have to worry about packaging requirements at all.
Can you ship a kayak through the mail?
Mail and postal services will only offer kayak delivery options if the item can be deflated and packed into a regular-sized box. Most postal companies do not provide shipping solutions for items as large as kayaks and canoes, so sending a kayak through the mail can become a big challenge. The best solution is to ship your kayak overseas using a courier service instead. Check our shipping solutions for large parcels and book a delivery right away.
Can I transport my inflatable raft and other rafting gear in the same box?
Yes, you can ship the inflatable raft together with other rafting gear such as a wet suit, helmet, and oars. However, we recommend you bubble wrap the helmet and other rafting equipment separately, and then place all items in a big enough box and add plenty of cushioning materials. Close and seal the box with tape for the safe transport of rafting gear.
Does insurance apply when I am shipping a kayak with Eurosender?
Yes, our shipping services already include basic insurance coverage in the price, but the coverage value will differ depending on the service you use. If you want additional protection when shipping your kayak by courier with us, you can purchase one of our extra insurance options. Contact us if you want more information about the best insurance when shipping your kayak.
What if my parcel gets damaged after carefully packing and shipping the kayak?
If you have followed our instructions on how to pack and ship a kayak, and yet your parcel got damaged, you can claim the damaged goods. To make the claims process smoother, we advise you always to take a picture of your packed goods before shipping and keep the original invoice as proof of value.
Why do people decide to send a kayak with logistics providers?
  • Relocation. When people are moving to another flat or country, they usually want to take all of their belonging with them. With our relocation services, you can transport not only your kayak but also clothes, furniture and any other personal belongings.
  • Holiday. Shipping a kayak directly to the hotel or travel destination is a great way of having your favourite item with you while avoiding the hassle of travelling with such large items.
  • Buying or selling used kayaks. Many online stores that are offering both new and used kayaks use Eurosender to find the best shipping solution for transporting their kayaks.