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checking backpacks on international flights



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(2006) Roncesvalles to Leon (2007) Leon to Compostela
On the way to Spain, I popped by backpack into a very cheap plastic zippered bag, which I threw away on arrival.

To get it home I put on the rain cover, tucked in the straps as much as possible, and tightly fastened two lightweight straps around it. The bag arrived back home with no damage at all.


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I took mine on the plane with me as carry-on. I secured all the buckles before putting it up in the overhead bin. It was nice to not worry about my pack making it at the same time I did. :)

hobokenpilgrim said:
How do you make your backback secure (no loose straps) when you are about to check your luggage for your flight?
Last time I flew from Sydney airport there was an option to shrink wrap your bags - I think there was a small fee for that but plenty of people seemed to want to avoid a Shapelle Corby situation!


When I did the CF, I planned to spend a few days in Madrid post-Camino, so I stuffed both my pack and an extra set of clothes into a duffle bag. When I arrived at Lavacolla, I just took out my loaded pack. The duffle with my extra clothes I forwarded to the hotel, which was kind enough to keep it for me until they saw me six days later, trailing Camino dust into their clean lobby :)

Not bad for a cheap bazaar purchase (for marktqm, read: "tiangge")...
i took mine on as a carry on, and no one seemed to be concerned about straps hanging out. may be a different story if you are checking it. so much easier taking it with you, no chance of lost luggage.
my flight arrived in vancouver at 2pm and i was on a city bus at 2:25pm. now how is that for timing. no one going thru immigration,

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