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checking backpacks on international flights



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Camino(s) past & future
(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.
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,


Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances from SJPdP May/June, 2018
good discussion here on back pack covers for larger back packs checked into Baggage hold.

Mark Barnes

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances - September - November (2017)
I took a 70L Osprey pack and had to check it. Let me say that it was way to big but I thought I knew it all back then and learned the hard way. Back to question - I bought an airport stroller bag on Amazon for about $13.00 and it worked great.
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CF(x4), Fisterra/Muxía(x2), VdlP, Jerusalem, VF, Walsingham,
C inglés. 2019? Who knows! ;-)
may I suggest that if your bag is too heavy to go as hand baggage, you are carrying too much.
No, no, it is just that we carry ‘dangerous goods’! My pack is usually under 5 kg but I still check it in (knife, poles, potions.... you name it!) ;)

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