[at-l] Airline Bags

giniajim jplynch at crosslink.net
Thu Feb 25 09:55:13 CST 2010

Thanks Jim and Leslie.  The bag would have to carry my other stuff too.  Mainly trying to avoid two check on bags now for cost reasons.  Just doing a quick web search, I think there are several options out there.  Just need to pick one!
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Jim Bullard 
  To: at-l 
  Sent: Thursday, February 25, 2010 9:42 AM
  Subject: Re: [at-l] Airline Bags

  If you are looking for a bag that will hold only or mainly your hiking poles, do a web search for tripod bags. I have a bag for each of my tripods. They come in various sizes but all are long and skinny. Some even have adjustable length via a zipper that releases an accordion section to add several inches. Many zip across one end and most of the way down the side with handles and/or a shoulder strap. You could conceivably wrap your poles in some of the clothing you are taking. Poles are generally skinnier than a tripod so there should be enough space to do that.

  Jim Bullard

  On Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 8:45 AM, Leslie Booher <lbooher at charter.net> wrote:

    Another consideration is that you can't fly with all the things that we need to have in our packs, like fluids and fuels and such.  When we went to Spain in 2002, admittedly a lifetime ago in airline terms, we were hiking the Camino and didn't need a tent and sleeping pads and stoves.  I found hard mesh bags in the laundry section at Walmart that, with negotiating, held our packs and poles snugly.  The packs got all the way to Spain and back with no damage at all.  By hard mesh, I mean that they were made of some kind of plastic, rather than nylon.  

    Could you Carry-on your poles?  When I had a knee replacement, I used one of my poles during rehab, and I carried it onto the plane as my cane.


    Humankind (be both) 

    Jim, do you have 2 piece or 3 piece poles? I got three piece poles just so I could travel with them... Found a bag from EMS that my pack and poles just barely fit into, I think their medium size duffle, the large size was huge...

    I may be flying without my pack this summer... given the airline fee gouges I'm going to seriously look at shipping my pack via UPS


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