scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: backpacks on airplanes
James H. Moss (JHMoss@LAWYERNET.COM
Sat Feb 26 2000 - 19:06:59 CST
External or Internal frame: Find a large duffel bag that will hold two
backpacks. If the packs do not have part of the frame to hold the pack
open, pack empty. If the frame has an extension to hold the pack open
either fill pack or place Styrofoam or sleeping bag in opening to keep open.
Lay both packs together, frame to frame. Pack bottom of bag/box with layer
of clothing/gear. Place packs inside. Pack around packs with clothing and
gear and on top. Zip shut.
The frame is the most easily damaged part of the pack and a bent frame will
make any backpacking trip miserable. By packing two packs together your are
doubling the strength of the package. Packing the frames in the center of
the pack puts the most protection around the fragile part of the pack.
Packing an un compressed sleeping bag around the stuff works well also. Ice
axes or snow shoes laid directly on top of the packs will provide a lot of
support and stability.
Duffel bags are better than boxes. After you arrive you can access the
duffel bag easier when you need to and it will survive the trip a lot
better. Eagle Creek and Mountainsmith (Mountainsmith.com) both make bags
that will survive hundreds of airplane trips, (and in my case mule rides,
train rides, bus rides, several boat rides and being slid down snow slopes.)
Any duffel bag in the 5000 ci range if it is long enough will work.
As a last resort keep them empty and have the airlines put them in their
thick plastic bags. Packing them full and putting them in plastic increases
the chances of having the plastic bag rip and straps being pulled off or the
I have been testing the wire mesh locking system, Pacsafe, for two years now
(http://www.pac-safe.com/ourprod.html). You can find them in several
travel/outdoor stores. They work really well, BUT, I would not suggest
flying with them on a back pack. The straps can fall through the wire mesh
and still be ripped off. I use mine around my duffel bag which has my
backpack inside. I use it to lock up stuff in other countries mostly,
although in most countries theft is less of a problem than the US.
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