[pct-l] flying with backpack

Kent Spring kjssail at yahoo.com
Fri May 4 21:03:21 CDT 2007

Hi -

I have used large plastic tubs as checked luggage. 
You could just put your pack inside, tape it shut, and
give the tub away at your destination.

> 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

Don't get soaked.  Take a quick peak at the forecast
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