- I managed to score the perfect backpack sized cardboard box near a dumpster in Lone Pine. The box got dinged up quite a bit when I checked the bag, but theMessage 1 of 20 , Mar 22 8:38 PMView SourceI managed to score the perfect backpack sized cardboard box near a dumpster in Lone Pine. The box got dinged up quite a bit when I checked the bag, but the backpack was undamaged. The lady at the checkout counter told me that they have people check backpacks without any special wrapping all the time, but backpacks are expensive, and I didn't want to take the chance.
AOn Fri, Mar 22, 2013 at 10:15 PM, Chris <cehauser1@...> wrote:
"...duffel bag which I will need to check my pack in..."
Ravi: I don't know about international air travel, but for US domestic flights I have used an internal frame backpack as a suitcase for all my domestic flights, at least 30 flights over the past 15 years. My wife and I have two small children, and with holding their hands and carrying their car seats through the airports, it is much easier for me to carry everything in a backpack so my hands are free to help them. I always buckle and cinch down the straps as tightly as possible, often the waist belt can be buckled behind the back of the pack so it doesn't form a loop that can catch on things. Many times, the US carriers will put the backpack in a large bomb-proof plastic bag... they also use these bags for children's car seats. I'm sure you can ask for one of these big bags if you are afraid the straps or buckles will get damaged somehow. I've never seen any damage, even when a plastic bag isn't available.
Regarding camping gear, I've chatted with TSA folks and I'm pretty sure they are used to seeing that "strange" camping stuff show up on the X-ray machine. Just make sure there's nothing flammable in there... don't pack ANY fuel, keep the lids off the (empty) fuel containers and the stoves so they can be completely free of any fuel residue. Of course the stove will show up on the X-ray machine, so the backpack will be checked, so just make sure any "strange" things like the stove are at the top of the pack for their easy access. Also, the TSA recommends keeping electrical cables neatly bundled, in case you have a phone charger or anything like that. If you think the bear canister will be a problem, keep it at the top of the pack too, so they can easily check it.
If you are worried about other things like food powders, etc, just keep them in their original packaging for the flight, then repackage them after arrival in the US.
I wouldn't think twice about checking an internal frame backpack onto an airplane, even loaded with backpacking gear.
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> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Jim White <jimqpublic@> wrote:
> > No need for a mail drop in Lone Pine or Yosemite for a fresh shirt to wear home.
> > Both Whitney Portal Store and the shops in Yosemite have nice JMT T-shirts. Buy one and wear it proudly. You can also find other new clothes and grooming supplies in each town.
> Yes, I'm definitely planning on a Mt. Whitney t shirt!
> The issue is more related to sending my duffel bag which I will need to check my pack in for the flight home. But I could send my duffel back home from Yosemite Valley and then buy a replacement somewhere in Reno, or maybe even in Lone Pine. I've also read that some airports can shrink wrap packs (I've seen this a lot in foreign airports) but I'm not sure about relying on that.