Checking a backpack on a plane

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Checking a backpack on a plane

Postby gecko » Tue Jun 04, 2013 11:58 pm

I was just wondering if anyone knew the best way to check a backpack on a plane? I've heard of the straps getting caught in the conveyor belt, so I was wondering if anyone had any advice?

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Re: Checking a backpack on a plane

Postby kcupp95 » Wed Jun 05, 2013 3:08 am

My backpack has a zip up cover that goes over the bag straps so that they're not loose.

If you haven't yet purchased a backpack, perhaps look for something with that?
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Re: Checking a backpack on a plane

Postby IncaTrail50 » Wed Jun 05, 2013 3:35 am

You can also use something like duct tape around the backpack to hold the straps in place. I often take 3-4 metres of it wrapped around a small pencil so it takes up less bulk than the whole roll.
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Re: Checking a backpack on a plane

Postby Janice08 » Wed Jun 05, 2013 6:29 am

You can buy something like this:
http://www.mec.ca/product/5008-222/mec- ... %2Boverbag
This one is from Mountain Equipment Co-op in Canada but I suspect you could find something similar in other backpacking stores. WalMart also sells a folding dufflebag that costs about $15. It comes in 3 sizes. The large one is plenty big enough to hold a 50 litre pack - and it gives you a bit extra room for souveniers on the way home. When you are at your destination you just fold it up and put it inside your pack.

Some airlines also will provide a plastic bag to put your backpack in - but not all and not always on the return flight.
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Re: Checking a backpack on a plane

Postby ballu » Wed Jun 05, 2013 12:21 pm

I've never had a problem with mine...I do try to tie up and tuck in as many stray straps as I can before I check it though.
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