Travel + Leisure / Jaclyn Mastropasqua
Some of the best sales of the year happen around Memorial Day, but if you’ve got travel plans for the upcoming long weekend, you probably don’t want to spend your whole trip combing through deals. Luckily, there are plenty of early Memorial Day sales to be found so you can order ahead and enjoy your much-deserved time off.
Whether you’re camping by the lake or taking a family beach trip this Memorial Day Weekend, nothing says “summer” like spending time on the water. Adventure-seekers will love taking the SereneLife Paddle Board and Intex Challenger Kayak out for a spin on the water — and thanks to a massive Memorial Day sale, you can save up to 45 percent on these Amazon best-sellers right now.
Since both items are inflatable and soft, they’re a great family-friendly choice and super convenient for travel: Just deflate them and toss them in the trunk or pack them in a suitcase for easy, transportable fun. And since Prime members get free One-Day Shipping , they can be here just in time for the long weekend.
To buy: amazon.com, $220 (originally $400)
Put your balance to the test with the popular inflatable SereneLife Paddle Board, which just happens to be at its lowest price in 30 days. Made with military-grade construction, the board is made from double-layered PVC with an anti-UV, anti-corrosion coating to prolong its shelf life. There’s also a non-slip EVA pad on top, which is soft in case someone does take a tumble. (We particularly appreciate this feature if you’re using the board with kids.)
Measuring 10 foot 6 inches long, 32 inches wide, and 6 inches thick, this paddleboard is available in a rainbow of hues, but you’ll score the best deal on the Beach Blue, Ocean Blue, and Orange colorways. A corded safety leash wraps around your ankle for security, and three fins underneath the board help with speed and steering.
This comes with lots of extras, too, so you’re getting even more for your money. Included is a storage bag for toting it around on trips, a hand pump that helps you inflate and deflate the board, an adjustable aluminum paddle (it collapses for easy travel), three removable fins, a repair kit, and a small waterproof bag for your phone.
The SereneLife Paddle Board has earned over 17,500 five-star reviews on Amazon, where it’s the second best-selling stand-up paddleboard. Fans have taken the board “as luggage on the plane” and “cycled to the beach” with it in the included storage backpack. And if you’re new to the sport, don’t worry: This paddleboard is “very beginner-friendly to use,” and roadtrippers will also appreciate the “convenience” of stashing it in your trunk.
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For another Memorial Day Weekend water sport, kayaking down the river or over a calmer lake is also a fun experience. The Intex Challenger Kayak is a more versatile alternative to a hard-shell kayak, and at its 45 percent discount, you can score it for under $95.
To buy: amazon.com, $94 (originally $170)
The inflatable plastic and vinyl kayak, which holds up to 220 pounds, has an adjustable, removable seat and measures 9 feet long and 2 feet 6 inches wide. The kayak also features a fin on the bottom for added speed and easier steering. In terms of accessories, it comes with an 84-inch aluminum oar, a repair patch, and a hand pump for inflation. If you need to transport the kayak, you can easily deflate it for travel — no roof rack needed — and the oar collapses down, too.
Whether you’re toting lunches for the family or bringing along extra sunscreen, you can stash your belongings in the cargo net at the bow. The green, black, and blue kayak also comes with a convenient carrying bag so you can pack it up nicely. If you’re adventuring with a partner or little one, you can also opt for the double Intex Challenger kayak, though the best deal is on the one-seat model.
The Intex Challenger has earned nearly 13,000 five-star ratings and is the top-selling touring kayak on Amazon, so it’s no surprise that the kayak had “absolutely no cuts or tears” or leaks after customers ran it over “sharp edges” and “submerged logs.” The kayak can also be inflated in less than 2 minutes, and though some users do note that taller adults’ legs may feel slightly cramped, it’s just the right size for those of an average height, teens, and even kids. Many reviewers also praised this model for its “comfortable” seats.
Whether you’re headed out to spend Memorial Day Weekend at the lake or planning ahead for future summer trips, the lightweight SereneLife Paddle Board and Intex Challenger Kayak are must-haves for your warm weather adventures. Just pack them up and toss into your trunk or carry-on, and summer fun will be waiting for you at your destination.
At the time of publishing, the price of the SereneLife Paddle Board started at $220 and the price of the Intex Challenger Kayak started at $94.
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