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Camping On The Le Puy And Airport Security

Chuck Cunningham

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Two part question boys and girls. Have any of you done much camping along the Le Puy route? I have been reading the guide book and the campsites look plentiful... many along a river ! I am stoked about this idea! Would love to hear your stories.

But tonite when I was laying out my gear I noticed the titanium tent stakes and thought "These will end up in the airport security bin for sure." So I am wondering if plastic stakes would pass muster or should I just forget it and purchase some when I get to France. Has anyone, been there, done that? I may have enough time in Paris to pick up a set... but wondering if Le Puy has any camping supplies. All thoughts and suggestions welcomed.
 
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Just check in your pack. If you are bringing a tent it would surely be too big for hand luggage anyway?
 

Chuck Cunningham

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Just check in your pack. If you are bringing a tent it would surely be too big for hand luggage anyway?
I've carried a backpack on a plane before (long time ago) and SAS says the carry on limit is 18 lbs and I'm at about 16.5 lbs... will see... thanks for the heads up though..it does sound a bit big to go into an overhead but I'll double check with them and let you know
 

Chuck Cunningham

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I've carried a backpack on a plane before (long time ago) and SAS says the carry on limit is 18 lbs and I'm at about 16.5 lbs... will see... thanks for the heads up though..it does sound a bit big to go into an overhead but I'll double check with them and let you know
Looks like I'm checking the bag,,,, no way can i make the length..

The following is the maximum size and weight for cabin baggage onboard SAS flights:
  • Height: 55 cm/22"
  • Width: 40 cm/16"
  • Depth: 23 cm/9"
  • Weight: 8 kg/18 lbs.
 

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If you don't use checked-in you also have to scour your bag for every outsize container of liquid, nail scissors and whatnot. On long haul where checked bags are included in the fare, I never see the argument for not using it. You save ten minutes in baggage reclaim. So what?

We skinflints in the UK on our £20 European weekend breaks make an art form of going hand luggage only to save the £20 we will be charged for luggage. Ryanair even sells its own cases, to fit the lockers. We buy sandwiches in the airport and drink tap water as well.

Going to Europe to camp for weeks is totally different.
 
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Chuck Cunningham

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If you don't use checked-in you also have to scour your bag for every outsize container of liquid, nail scissors and whatnot. On long haul where checked bags are included in the fare, I never see the argument for not using it. You save ten minutes in baggage reclaim. So what?

We skinflints in the UK on our £20 European weekend breaks make an art form of going hand luggage only to save the £20 we will be charged for luggage. Ryanair even sells its own cases, to fit the lockers. We buy sandwiches in the airport and drink tap water.

Going to Europe to camp for weeks is totally different.
I don't mind the extra money... guess I may as well not mind it.. LOL anyway you don't have a problem with your baggage getting misplaced? BTW love your Bohemian travel approach... I bummed all over Spain and Morocco and was surprised how cheap it was to travel..I stayed in a lot of hostels and the younger set seemed to have all the travel-on-the-cheap tips, places to stay, etc. They took pretty good care of this 70 year old tramper I must say.
 

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Glad you enjoyed bumming around Europe!

About baggage - on a straightforward non stop long haul flight on a good airline between two developed countries, I think it's very unlikely that baggage gets misplaced, especially if you don't check in at the last minute and run for the gate. If it did get lost, you would get it back quickly, probably next day.

I have flown long haul hand luggage only on occasion, where I was transiting through one developing country onto another one, and had had to book the two flights separately, so I could not check the bag 'through' to the final destination. Then I didn't trust that it would come off in time to be reclaimed and checked back in. Also, if it went missing on the first flight, it would only be delivered later to the transit airport, while I would be somewhere else.

Does that make sense? That's just what I do. If you are camping, there are so many things that could get taken off you by security, it would just be a pain to not check it in, IMHO.
 
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Chuck Cunningham

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Glad you enjoyed bumming around Europe!

About baggage - on a straightforward non stop long haul flight on a good airline between two developed countries, I think it's very unlikely that baggage gets misplaced, especially if you don't check in at the last minute and run for the gate. If it did get lost, you would get it back quickly, probably next day.

I have flown long haul hand luggage only on occasion, where I was transiting through one developing country onto another one, and had had to book the two flights separately, so I could not check the bag 'through' to the final destination. Then I didn't trust that it would come off in time to be reclaimed and checked back in. Also, if it went missing on the first flight, it would only be delivered to the transit airport, while I would be somewhere else.

Does that make sense? That's just what I do.
I "sort of" understand but I'll just tell you my info and see what you think I'm flying SAS from Ohare, in Chicago, IL to Paris with a stop in Copenhagen , I think. So does that sound reasonably safe? I think what you stated that if they did lose it then it wouldn't take long to catch up with mel, hopefully???
 

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I "sort of" understand but I'll just tell you my info and see what you think I'm flying SAS from Ohare, in Chicago, IL to Paris with a stop in Copenhagen , I think. So does that sound reasonably safe? I think what you stated that if they did lose it then it wouldn't take long to catch up with mel, hopefully???
Do you change planes in Copenhagen? Are both SAS? Are they daily flights?
 
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Chuck Cunningham

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I change planes in Stockholm, my bad and it is with the same airlines but I don't know if they are daily flights.
Being that I am checking backpack in baggage I have some larger nylon, tough sail bags and I think i;ll put my pack in there as there are so many dangling straps, buckles, etc. to get hung up. Also being that I am checking the baggage do you think I could go ahead and leave the titanium tent stakes packed??
 

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Then the luggage is 'checked through' ie SAS take responsibility for it to Paris. You don't see it at Stockholm. If they are daily or more than daily flights it just means you are likely to get anything lost back more quickly that's all. Skyscanner.net will tell you this.

If it's checked in, there aren't the strict rules on sharp things and liquids as for cabin bags, so I think the tent pegs would be fine, as long as they are packaged so they can't poke out and hurt the baggage handlers. There are still rules, so for example if you are taking a camping stove, you need to look up the guidance. Just check here.
 

Chuck Cunningham

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Then the luggage is 'checked through' ie SAS take responsibility for it to Paris. You don't see it at Stockholm. If they are daily or more than daily flights it just means you are likely to get anything lost back more quickly that's all. Skyscanner.net will tell you this.

If it's checked in, there aren't the strict rules on sharp things and liquids as for cabin bags, so I think the tent pegs would be fine, as long as they are packaged so they can't poke out and hurt the baggage handlers. There are still rules, so for example if you are taking a camping stove, you need to look up the guidance. Just check here.
Thanks, no camping stove. Also found out that I can check one bag up to 50 lbs for free. So it looks like I am good to go. This list/you have been a god send for us newbies. I hope you know that. Ciao.
 

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