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flying backpack as luggage
I'm flying a national airline to my destination but not returning to the same area. Normally I would put my pack and racks inside a protecitive duffel that I'd store at the airport locker or in a car but I'm going directly to the trailhead instead.I could strip the pack of straps and/or carry on the hardware [dont' try to carry crampons on] or I could use one of the many real good ideas you folks come up with.
This one is easy. United Airlines provides HUGE, extra heavy duty plastic bags FOR FREE. These bags will engulf even the biggest backpacks -- and protect pack straps from menacing baggage conveyor belts. I used them when flying -- and both pack and UL hiking poles came out completely unscathed.Here in LAX -- and also at Denver International -- the bags (reams and reams of them) are actually placed out in the public area -- so you don't even have to ask -- just take what you need. I suspect other United terminals operate the same, but you might want to check ahead. Each bag weighs just 4-5 oz. -- so I would recommend taking two -- even though the bags can normally be reused.
Thanks Benjamin, as much as I hate just throwing something away, packrat 101,[I could keep this bag make raingear out of it or a packcover or fill it with helium and search for Steve Fossett] this seems like a good choice.
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