Whatever your archery dreams; whether it’s competing on an international stage alongside the best in the world, becoming national champion or just doing something you enjoy there’s a tournament out there for you. If you are thinking of arranging your summer holiday around an archery trip, so you can combine a tournament with some time relaxing, here are Duncan Busby’s top tips for how to do it!
If you haven’t check it out already, have a look at where you can go this year with Duncan Busby’s guide to the best international outdoor competitions of 2018. There really is something for every archer, so you have a chance to make this your best season ever!
1. Get a sturdy bow case
Airlines aren’t always as careful as you are with your equipment and cases can get quite a beating when travelling, so you really should have a well-built hard case if you want to keep your kit in perfect condition. Check the total baggage rules for your airline, too.
2. Don’t forget your sunscreen
This may seem obvious but you’ll be surprised how many sunburnt Brits I’ve seen! You can easily forget that many other countries further south have a lot stronger sun than the UK, so make sure you’re properly protected. Don’t forget your sunhat, either.
3. Spare kit is essential
If you’re shooting half way around the world and something breaks on your equipment you can’t just go home or to your local shop to fix it. You need to make sure you have a back-up in the eventually something goes wrong; it would be a shame to have to retire from a tournament that’s taken time and money to get to just because you didn’t bring spares.
4. Plan well
There’s nothing more stressful than when travel plans go wrong especially when you’re trying to get to a tournament on time. It’s important you know exactly how you are going to get there as you can’t always rely on local transport when you’re on a tight schedule and there isn’t a taxi to be found. So make sure you plan each part of your journey and take all your booking information with you.
5. Check your passport and visa requirements
Some countries require you to have at least six months left on your passport and for you to have a visa before they’ll let you enter, so make sure you know what is required before you travel. Travelling to the USA will usually require an ESTA, which is completed and paid for online. Sorting out a visa at the airport can be costly and time-consuming so don’t leave it till the last minute.