[pct-l] flying with backpack to ~Campo

Jeffrey Olson jolson at olc.edu
Fri May 4 08:56:28 CDT 2007

United airlines at least have thick plastic bags large enough to put a 
pack in.  You cut a hole for the haul strap to poke through, and tape up 
the hole and tape the open end of the bag.


Brian Lewis wrote:
> As long as I'm dreaming up problems for myself, another one occurred to me
> as I prepare to fly out on a backpacking trip this coming week.
> In the couple of times I've done this, it's always seemed essential to put
> my backpack and most gear inside some sort of suitcase or duffel bag or the
> like.  Airlines are hard on baggage and my backpack is pretty fragile, plus
> has various strapping hanging loose.  The duffel bag just stays in a support
> vehicle and gets used again for the flight back home.
> But next year around this time I hope to be flying to the vicinity of Campo
> --- I won't have the luxury of leaving and then later retrieving a duffel
> bag.
> I guess the logical thing is to use a flexible duffel bag and mail it home
> from near the airport?   Perhaps a smaller duffel just to carry some of the
> bulk plus paranoia-contraband (mini pocket knife) and use the main backpack
> as carry-on.  Or would airline staff look at even a partially filled
> backpack (Mariposa plus) as being too big to use as carry-on?
> If folks have another strategy to protect gear from airline wear & tear,
> please share it --- in the context, please, of a one-way flight to start a
> lo-o-ong backpacking trip.
> 	Brian Lewis
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