Sunday, April 15, 2018

Flying to Your Camping Destination? Three Tips for Stress-Free Air Travel

Whether you’re planning a backpacking trip through Australia and New Zealand, a romantic camping trip for two in a tropical beach destination, or a family camping adventure in rolling countryside, flying to your destination can bring up a whole host of questions about traveling with all the gear that you’ll need to bring along. Checking in a suitcase can be stressful enough, so it’s understandable that you might be a little apprehensive about checking in tents, sleeping bags and everything else you’ll need for your adventure. Luckily, camping gear is becoming more portable, but you’ll still likely have more luggage than you’re used to. Read on for our top packing tips for a camping trip abroad.

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#1. Get the Right Gear: 
Choosing the lightest possible options is key to traveling with camping gear; this will allow you to store more equipment in the hold since it’s measured by weight. Don’t skimp on necessities such as tents, sleeping bags, and camping pillows – you can find specially designed travel options which are meant to be carried around. If you can, invest in gear that’s designed for backpacking trips, since it’ll be lightweight and designed to fold up easily. Pack lightly when it comes to clothing and wear your bulkiest garments for the flight to make extra space in your luggage.

#2. Know What to Take Onboard: 
Be aware that not all of your camping gear will be allowed in a carry-on bag. Even if you’re traveling with just one camping backpack, it’s worth double checking if you can take it in the cabin with you before you fly. If you don’t, you could be risking large charges at the airport check-in desk. Camping essentials such as camping fuel, gel fire starter and propane tanks are not allowed in carry-on bags, and you’ll only be able to take a camping stove on-board with you if it’s empty of any fuel. If you’re hoping to save on luggage costs, it may be worth researching camping equipment stores in your destination and stocking up when you arrive. You might want to consider arranging your trip with an operator such as Panda Travel, to take advantage of any accommodation and gear provided.

#3. Protect Your Gear in Checked Luggage:
It’s not uncommon for checked luggage to be damaged in transit, so be sure to take steps to keep your gear protected during its time in the airplane hold. Some backpackers prefer to put as much gear as they can into an old duffel bag or suitcase that can be given away at the other end; this is a good option if you plan to travel for a while and will have no use for the bag once you arrive. Shrink wrapping your luggage at the airport is also an inexpensive and effective way of adding some extra protection. If you’re checking in any expensive or valuable camping gear, it may be worth considering paying for extra insurance.

Happy Trails or Flying,
Tim and Robin