I know this has been brought up before. I am doing a 12 day backpacking trip in the Sawtooth Wilderness in Aug. Flying into Salt lake city. I am guessing getting a duffel bag, carrying pack on the plane and leaving all full canisters at home is the thing to do. What else cant I take on a plane? I
Loc: Gateway to Columbia Gorge
It's not so much what you can or cannot take on the plane, (except for fuel, which you can't take at all), but what must be checked and what can be carried on. This is as I understand it after a lot of reading: However, TSA keeps making rules stricter, so you'll want to check online.
Knives, tent stakes, trekking poles, and anything else with sharp points must be checked. If you try to take them through security, they'll be confiscated.
Oddly, lighters need to be carried on and not checked.
Water containers should be empty and dry. There also may be an issue with food in a carried-on pack.
Your stove should be thoroughly aired out so it doesn't smell of fuel.
Enjoy your hike--I know I speak for others here that we'd love to see a trip report afterwards!
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view--E. Abbey
We've carried on trekking poles, as long as they were folded up and inside a small carry-on suitcase. Not a problem.
But please bear in mind that TSA not only changes its guidelines regularly, they also give complete and total license to TSA staff at the security checkpoint to make their own determinations about anything that is a little bit out of the ordinary. I've seen the line held up for 30 minutes to explore an electric toothbrush....and I've carried through a stone knife made of flint with only a cursory discussion with the security guard.
1. Boots – Wear (Remove for WTMD or WBI) 2. Wallet 3. Lighter/Matches 4. Cameras / Electronics 5. Water Filter 6. Stove (Must be Clean; No Fuel) 7. Expensive Gear (Sleeping Bag, Tent depending on size) 8. Medicines 9. Jacket 10. No Liquids, Gels or Aerosols except in 3.4 oz containers or less, all of which must fit in 1 quart ziplock bag 11. No knives, hiking poles or fishing hooks
Checked (Max. 50 pounds):
1. Duffle Bag without wheels 2. Name and address on outside and inside 3. Food & Any Liquids (except for food you plan on eating on the plane) 4. Backpack 5. Clothing not worn 6. Knife, hiking poles and fishing hooks
One more suggestion. When we fly to a hiking destination, we check a suitcase that is large enough to fit our backpack in it. That way, if we want to check all our bags on the way home, there is room for everything. For two of us, we often check a large suitcase with a small one inside---just so we have flexibility on the way back.
of course, we have kids that live in distant parts, so we're often figuring out how to take more than just luggage in one direction or the other.
And when I fly on business, I never check a bag. Ever. Backpacking has taught me to pack light...!
A recent evening flying experience of mine had me sitting next to a college age guy that had a zrest pad and a paper bag as carry-ons. But he also brought mud from the Grand Canyon on his legs. He apparently had hiked out of the canyon that day and got to Phoenix by that evening to hop a plane to Boston, without taking a shower. I had to endure 6 1/2 hrs of 10 day stench sitting next to me.
I've been guilty of this myself I went backpacking in the Superstition Wilderness and hopped a flight back to Los Angeles. I couldn't find a place to get a shower near the airport. I cleaned myself up as best I could at the airport bathroom and caked on the deodorant, but I apparently didn't do an adequate job. The lady next to me on the flight turned on my air full blast. I felt quite embarrassed.
It is a real challenge finding a place to shower in civilization. If you have status, some airport lounges have showers, but not all. Even if they do have one, you are not guaranteed a spot. You can buy access, but it is almost as much as paying for a hotel room just to use the shower. Does anyone else have pointers on finding a shower from afar? I know of places in my normal stomping ground in the Sierra, but finding places online is a challenge.
I have done a rather extensive sponge bath back in the wilderness or on a two track road where you can strip down, and heat water on your stove. A sample packet of shampoo works for hair and body. You can wash and rinse as long as you have enough water. Beats an airport bathroom.