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Traveling with backpack

AndyTomas

Member
Camino(s) past & future
May (2019)
Hi guys,

I was wondering if someone has advise regarding traveling with backpack. I mean, I’m scared that at the airport someone can open my backpack, while moving it inside the airplane, and take something inside.
There is something that I can do to avoid this fear?
Any advice?

Thanks
 

Bradypus

Antediluvian
Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
If you are so anxious about possible theft then perhaps you should travel with cabin baggage only. That way it will only be out of your sight once in the overhead storage space on your flight. Many people find that with careful packing they can easily travel within the cabin baggage limits and rules.
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Finisterre X 2 - 2016 & 2017, El Norte - Irun to Vilalba 2018
If you are so anxious about possible theft then perhaps you should travel with cabin baggage only. That way it will only be out of your sight once in the overhead storage space on your flight. Many people find that with careful packing they can easily travel within the cabin baggage limits and rules.
Yes, take it into the cabin with you. Most backpacks that people take on the Camino should fit into the overhead bins.
 

AndyTomas

Member
Camino(s) past & future
May (2019)
My backpack is 38L and it weight 5.5kg. I thought that was too big to bring with me inside the cabin, but at this stage I will try.
What do you think?
Thanks
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Finisterre X 2 - 2016 & 2017, El Norte - Irun to Vilalba 2018
My backpack is 38L and it weight 5.5kg. I thought that was too big to bring with me inside the cabin, but at this stage I will try.
What do you think?
Thanks
Check the allowable measurements of your airline, then measure your backpack. Don't go by the maximum measurements from the manufacturer, because you should be able to compress it down quite a bit.
 

Vacajoe

Traded in my work boots for hiking ones
Camino(s) past & future
2019 Biarritz-Pamplona-Lourdes
2018 Aragon/Frances/Finis
2018 Operation Sabre
2018 Marin Ramble
Lots of people fly with that weight and size, though specific airlines have different restrictions so check with them.
 

NorthernLight

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy to Santiago via the Frances 2012-2013. EPW2015
Aragonese & Frances 2016
Burgos to Muxia 2017
Measure the actual length, width and depth of your bag.

I've carried my 45L bag into the cabin as the length is just short enough. I've even managed to get it into a Ryanair flight by compressing the heck out of it. Wear your bulky items on the flight, carry your jacket with pockets filled and use any personal item (eg purse) to load up items to make that bag fit.
 

AndyTomas

Member
Camino(s) past & future
May (2019)
Yeah but I’m bringing a few things that are more than 100ml, like deodorant, toothpaste and a razor too.
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Finisterre X 2 - 2016 & 2017, El Norte - Irun to Vilalba 2018
Yeah but I’m bringing a few things that are more than 100ml, like deodorant, toothpaste and a razor too.
Razors are okay on board. As far as the other toiletries, take smaller sizes or buy them in Spain.
Or you can check a small bag with the items that can't go on board with you. I don't like to check my backpack, because although it's rare that luggage goes missing, it would be easier to replace a few items than my entire kit.
 

lissie45

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Planning to walk Frances 2019
I regularly carry on a 40l backpack - the weight is the thing - 5kg should be fine. Just dump the bigger liquids - you don't want to be carrying larger bottles of liquids while you are walking anyways. Razors are fine. Pocketknifes and walking poles are more likely to cause an issue
 

Davey Boyd

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Seven Compostelas in Three years and counting......
I would not worry. The chance of an airport worker stealing from someones luggage is slim.

But it does sound like you can carry it onboard from reading previous replies.

Andy, we all have a million worries before our first camino, almost all prove to be nonsensical once you start walking.

Well, apart from the lack of chili sauce in Spain and getting addicted to walking camino's!

Davey
 

Anamiri

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances
Another option is to have it shrink wrapped before you check it in. There is a fee, I've never done it but seen many people having it done.
 

AlexanderAZ

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2017 (Sept/Oct): CF: SJPdP-->Fisterra-->Muxia (solo)
2019 (late Sept): CF: SJPdP-->Leon (honeymoon!)
Have traveled far and wide with a 48L pack taken onboard (and with with rubber tip telescoping poles inside). No issues.
 

domigee

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF(x4), Fisterra/Muxía(x2), VdlP, Jerusalem, VF, Walsingham,
C inglés. Next: Toulouse to Lourdes
If you decide not to take it as cabin luggage, you could have it ‘cling-film wrapped’. Check if your airport has this facility. Never used it myself but it’s a thought...
 

Dorpie

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Santiago to Finisterre to Muxia 2013
Camino Frances May 2015
Camino Frances July 2017
Hi Andy,

Truth is that with all but the most high end hard shell luggage getting into your bag either with a brute force or lock picking attack is laughably easy, see numerous videos on Youtube for proof. At least with a backpack you look like a person who is unlikely to be carrying high value items, as soon as you start adding security devices however that perception may change.

My advice for travelling with a backpack would be DON'T carry any valuables in it while not in your sight and make sure all straps are secured so as not to get stuck in baggage machinery.

38l should however be no problem as hand luggage, I regularly carry a 45-55l on budget airlines with no problem. @trecile is right to suggest either smaller toothpaste and deodorant or buying it there, I switched from spray to a small roll-on deodorant while on camino which saved on bulk and weight.

Buen camino,

Rob.
 

Gumba

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF March 2018
CF Dec 2019/2020
We have our backpacks wrapped in the cling film. We do it from the point of view of keeping the straps safe from tearing but it is a good safety incentive too. We stow our packs as we have the poles in them
 

Zordmot

First timer Spring 2019
Camino(s) past & future
April-May 2019
I just arrived in SJPP from the US. I wrapped my backpack in plastic and used shipping tape to seal it. You could use a sturdy garbage bag or better yet a trash compactor bag to do the job. I left out the handle for the pack so they could grab it and attached my information tag to it. I’ve done this several times now successfully. Buen Camino!

I was wondering if someone has advise regarding traveling with backpack. I mean, I’m scared that at the airport someone can open my backpack, while moving it inside the airplane, and take something inside.
There is something that I can do to avoid this fear?
Any advice?

Thanks
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Zordmot

First timer Spring 2019
Camino(s) past & future
April-May 2019
PS— I sent it as checked luggage and it came through just fine. That way you don’t have to worry about the contents. Also you still have your carryon things—which for me are old clothes that I wear and throw away before I depart on the Camino.


I just arrived in SJPP from the US. I wrapped my backpack in plastic and used shipping tape to seal it. You could use a sturdy garbage bag or better yet a trash compactor bag to do the job. I left out the handle for the pack so they could grab it and attached my information tag to it. I’ve done this several times now successfully. Buen Camino!
 

dfox

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF (4/2017)
CP (5/2019)
Hi guys,

I was wondering if someone has advise regarding traveling with backpack. I mean, I’m scared that at the airport someone can open my backpack, while moving it inside the airplane, and take something inside.
There is something that I can do to avoid this fear?
When I checked-in, the carrier counter clerk provided me a "large" "clear" (transparent) plastic bag for my backpack coupled with trekking poles". I "secured" the wrapped bag.

However, I was required to check-in the "wrapped bag" in a designated area for security scan. I did it both outbound and inbound without problem.
 

PK Smit

Member
Camino(s) past & future
(015)Irun to Santiago
(017)Lisboa to S
2018Caminha to Santiago
(2018) Camino English Ferrol Santiago
Have your back pack wrapped at the airport, that is what we normally do. We come from Africa and never had any bad experience with our luggage this way. Forget about taking your oversized pack as cabin luggage, that way you will not inconvenience your fellow passengers.
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Finisterre X 2 - 2016 & 2017, El Norte - Irun to Vilalba 2018
Thanks to everybody!
You guys are amazing!!!
After many questions in the last few months and a lot of advice read, tonight will be my last night (only for the next 3 weeks) sleeping in my bed. It’s time to pack everything and tomorrow I’ll flight to Pamplona 😍😍😍
¡Buen Camino!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino France, Camino del Norte, Camino de Madrid
My backpack is 38L and it weight 5.5kg. I thought that was too big to bring with me inside the cabin, but at this stage I will try.
What do you think?
Thanks
I had a similar size pack and had no problem brining in as a carry-on into the cabin. However, I checked in my hiking poles and nail clipper, etc.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2019
My backpack is 38L and it weight 5.5kg. I thought that was too big to bring with me inside the cabin, but at this stage I will try.
What do you think?
Thanks
That sounds as if it should easily fit in the overhead. Burn Camino
PS— I sent it as checked luggage and it came through just fine. That way you don’t have to worry about the contents. Also you still have your carryon things—which for me are old clothes that I wear and throw away before I depart on the Camino.


I just arrived in SJPP from the US. I wrapped my backpack in plastic and used shipping tape to seal it. You could use a sturdy garbage bag or better yet a trash compactor bag to do the job. I left out the handle for the pack so they could grab it and attached my information tag to it. I’ve done this several times now successfully. Buen Camino!
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My backpack is 38L and it weight 5.5kg. I thought that was too big to bring with me inside the cabin, but at this stage I will try.
What do you think?
Thanks
reposting: your size and weight should be fine. I just flew in with 36L backpack and 5 kg wight with no problems.
 

tomishy

Member
Camino(s) past & future
April/May 2019
Hi guys,

I was wondering if someone has advise regarding traveling with backpack. I mean, I’m scared that at the airport someone can open my backpack, while moving it inside the airplane, and take something inside.
There is something that I can do to avoid this fear?
Any advice?

Thanks
We have just arrived in Paris from Tasmania Australia. We took our clothes in a Woolworths bag and put our packs inside a used suitcase. When we get to st jean tomorrow we will dispose of the suitcase and the bags :) I was worried that someone could get into pack and also if packs went missing with everything in them :)
 

lt56ny

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF2012,Le Puy/CF 2015 Portugues 2017 Norte 2018, CF 2019
You will never have a problem with any pack under 50 liters on a plane. If you are bringing poles and a knife put those in a tube and check them. If they get lost it is a much smaller pain in the bottom then losing your pack and it ending up in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
That would truly be a nightmare.
I never check my pack.
 

LesR

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
(2017)
Hi guys,

I was wondering if someone has advise regarding traveling with backpack. I mean, I’m scared that at the airport someone can open my backpack, while moving it inside the airplane, and take something inside.
There is something that I can do to avoid this fear?
Any advice?

Thanks
Plan B: relax.... and take valuables (phone, camera, passport, etc.) with you in the cabin and take your backpack as checked luggage.

How many times have you heard of things being pilfered from checked luggage, esp when flying with the major airlines? In all of my flying - national and international, I have had no issues with theft from checked luggage and know no-one that has either...

When flying Oz to Paris and return CF2017, I stashed my backpack in a duffle bag and put a small padlock on the zipper - not entry proof, but would take a little time to get into the dufflebag and then into the backpack... Primary reason for the duffle bag was to minimise the risk of straps being caught in baggage handling machinery, and the duffle bag then required sending SJPP to Santiago...

Flying Oz to Paris and Madrid to Oz for CF 2018, I merely bound up every loose strap on the backpack - not entry proof, but not inviting entry either... Took me 10 minutes to get the backpack back to working condition.

CP 2019 -will do the same.

Yes, I have no doubt that theft from checked luggage does happen, but the reputable airports/airlines are on to the problem and have installed cameras to minimise the risk..
 

GailGwyn

Member
Camino(s) past & future
part Camino Frances (2013). Part Camino Norte (2016} Camino Frances (2019) from SJPP
Razors are okay on board. As far as the other toiletries, take smaller sizes or buy them in Spain.
Or you can check a small bag with the items that can't go on board with you. I don't like to check my backpack, because although it's rare that luggage goes missing, it would be easier to replace a few items than my entire kit.
We arrived in Paris yesterday. Checked our bags, wrapped in clingfilm and put into a big dry sack. This was because we wanted to bring our Pacer Poles. My husband's rucksack was not on the carousel! However, it was eventually found. Would have preferred to put bags in the cabin because of the chance of this happening. We did however carry a few items in a lightweight carry on just in case!
 

FamPed

Pilgrim
Camino(s) past & future
There are many different Pilgrim Routes and Caminos in life.
Buen Camino, hope you have a wonderful time.
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Contemplating yet another "final" Camino
but 2019?
At the risk of sounding self-righteous, SIX respondents have suggested using "cling film" wrap and one even suggests taking a suitcase and throwing it away - no wonder younger generations are disgusted by our actions.
As you trudge your weary way west and shake your head in dismay as yet another plastic bag flutters, snagged on a bush, ponder on where your clingfilm might have ended up. 56037

Sermon over . . .

Back to the OP's point: if it's so valuable or irreplaceable that you worry about something getting stolen then just don't take it with you.
 

Poppy-Pete

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, leaving SJPDP from 10/11 May (2018)
Hi guys,

I was wondering if someone has advise regarding traveling with backpack. I mean, I’m scared that at the airport someone can open my backpack, while moving it inside the airplane, and take something inside.
There is something that I can do to avoid this fear?
Any advice?

Thanks
There is usually a kiosk at the airport which will shrink wrap your bag before you check in. The cost was about $15 when I flew last year.
 

Dorpie

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Santiago to Finisterre to Muxia 2013
Camino Frances May 2015
Camino Frances July 2017
At the risk of sounding self-righteous, SIX respondents have suggested using "cling film" wrap and one even suggests taking a suitcase and throwing it away - no wonder younger generations are disgusted by our actions.
As you trudge your weary way west and shake your head in dismay as yet another plastic bag flutters, snagged on a bush, ponder on where your clingfilm might have ended up. View attachment 56037

Sermon over . . .

Back to the OP's point: if it's so valuable or irreplaceable that you worry about something getting stolen then just don't take it with you.
I'm glad I'm not the only one this has occurred to. I've seen the cling film wrappers in operation at airports and they go through ridiculous amounts of the stuff.
 

Evvie

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
September 2019
Hi guys,

I was wondering if someone has advise regarding traveling with backpack. I mean, I’m scared that at the airport someone can open my backpack, while moving it inside the airplane, and take something inside.
There is something that I can do to avoid this fear?
Any advice?

Thanks
I always carry mine on board the plane and put it in the overhead bin. I never let it out of my sight. But in case something happens, I carry my passport, phone, money, ID, and credit card(s) in a fanny pack.
 

Evvie

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
September 2019
Measure the actual length, width and depth of your bag.

I've carried my 45L bag into the cabin as the length is just short enough. I've even managed to get it into a Ryanair flight by compressing the heck out of it. Wear your bulky items on the flight, carry your jacket with pockets filled and use any personal item (eg purse) to load up items to make that bag fit.
I have an Osprey Talon 44L and will be taking it to the Camino. I doubt I'll fill it up as I plan to travel extremely light. I just don't want to go to the expense of buying a smaller pack. I'm hoping the frame of the pack will fit overhead in the smaller planes!
 

MichelleElynHogan

Veteran Member
Carry on only. If you have walking poles, make sure they break down and fit INSIDE the pack. To get the pack onboard, attention must be given to minimizing weight. To save the concern of unwanted baggage getting into the pack, use a rain cover until entering the TSA area. Remove it for that and put is back on. It keeps pickpockets away too.
 

MichelleElynHogan

Veteran Member
I have an Osprey Talon 44L and will be taking it to the Camino. I doubt I'll fill it up as I plan to travel extremely light. I just don't want to go to the expense of buying a smaller pack. I'm hoping the frame of the pack will fit overhead in the smaller planes!
Most packs under 50L can be taken as a carry on, as long as they are not packed to the hilt.
 

Deputy Dan

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Logrono to Burgos in week of October (2017); Camino Frances in 2019 or 2020
I'd be much more concerned about the straps on the pack getting snagged on the baggage machinery than theft.

When my wife and I travel on our mission trips I take a large (74L) pack, usually at the max checked weight, and another smaller pack with my carry-on necessities. Due to size and weight I have no choice but to check the big pack. The key is I can wear both packs (smaller one in front) and have both hands free to help with my wife's two roller cases.

I found a large canvas duffle bag that I can put the pack in. I also just recently acquired an Ikea Fracta bag that I might be able to use instead (a lot lighter than the canvas bag!). Aside from preventing snags on the straps, the canvas has also taken a few small gashes that might have otherwise meant costly repairs to the pack.

I can't say I actually thought it through, but I spent far less on the canvas bag (and especially the Ikea bag) than I would have by now on cling wrap - without all the attendant hassles of all the trash plastic wrap.
 

RumAndChupacabras

Do unto other's as you would have them do unto you
Camino(s) past & future
Jul-Sept 2019 ~Apr. 2018 Oviedo, Santo Toribio, Covadonga~May/June 2016 Portuguese
Thanks to everybody!
You guys are amazing!!!
After many questions in the last few months and a lot of advice read, tonight will be my last night (only for the next 3 weeks) sleeping in my bed. It’s time to pack everything and tomorrow I’ll flight to Pamplona 😍😍😍
I wonder how you're doing 😊
 

AndyTomas

Member
Camino(s) past & future
May (2019)
Thanks to everyone.
I would like to tell you that I just did the check-in at the airport in Rome flying to Madrid and, as many suggest me, I put my backpack as cabin luggage because small enough to fit in the cabin.🍾
Regarding the trekking poles, I took it with me inside the backpack, all good. In Italy, as the airport staffs said, the law regarding trekking poles is not very clear so it depend who will check your backpack under the X-ray. In my case they didn’t complain about it. In addition, they didn’t say nothing even about, razor, lighter, deodorant, which was 160ml 😂 and the toothpaste which was 110ml! Unbelievable.....😂😂😂

Anyway now I’m ready to embark to fly to Madrid in a few minutes 😍 and then bus straight to Pamplona!

I’ll see you there......

Ciaooooo
 

Ernesto.IT

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Hi guys,

I was wondering if someone has advise regarding traveling with backpack. I mean, I’m scared that at the airport someone can open my backpack, while moving it inside the airplane, and take something inside.
There is something that I can do to avoid this fear?
Any advice?

Thanks
Hi Andy Tomas, at the airport you could have it wrapped with cellophane (if the airport you fly from provides this service for a fee), so that nobody can get to it .
Just a thought.
Buen camino
 
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J F Gregory

Portugal Central - October 2019
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (March-April,2016) finished, (October 2019) Portuguese Central Route.
My backpack is 38L and it weight 5.5kg. I thought that was too big to bring with me inside the cabin, but at this stage I will try.
What do you think?
Thanks
Don't measure it by the liters but by the dimensions . My 48 liter pack fits very well it is only 21 inches tall when packed . I travel a lot and only use my pack to travel with. Some airlines are setting weight limits on carry on items. Check with your carrier.
 

andralynn

Member
Camino(s) past & future
I am leaving for Barcelona May 20th, 2019 and will begin my Camino in San Sebastian May 27th, 2019
Another option is to have it shrink wrapped before you check it in. There is a fee, I've never done it but seen many people having it done.
Who does the shrinking? Does that include poles?
 

Moorwalker

Member
Camino(s) past & future
none yet
You will never have a problem with any pack under 50 liters on a plane. If you are bringing poles and a knife put those in a tube and check them. If they get lost it is a much smaller pain in the bottom then losing your pack and it ending up in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
That would truly be a nightmare.
I never check my pack.
Don't bet on that! Some of the budget airlines have surprisingly small size limits, and a few have weight limits.
 

Anamiri

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances
Who does the shrinking? Does that include poles?
I dont know if its all airports, but I definitely have seen it at a few, in the area before check in. I dont know what it costs; if you have to book it or anything.
 

Moorwalker

Member
Camino(s) past & future
none yet
I dont know if its all airports, but I definitely have seen it at a few, in the area before check in. I dont know what it costs; if you have to book it or anything.
I've seen it at several airports, my local one (Bristol, UK) charges £12.50. You don't need to book in advance but it's worth allowing a bit of time to find the bag wrap location. Given the cost of good packs and the amount of hassle if your pack is damaged, I reckon it's worth it.

Another option which I now use is to have a stuff sack big enough to take your pack. That will protect the straps so they won't get caught in the baggage handling machinery and at the other end you can use it as a waterproof pack liner. I've also seen people use a strong plastic sack for the same purpose, I gather the security people pefer clear sacks rather than black ones because they can see what's inside.

For security, if you have a pack with a roll top or a stuff sack for transport, you can usually slide a cable tie through the securing clips so that it can't just be opened. Similarly a small cable tie can be put through the pulls on a zip. If the security people need to inspect it, it can easily be cut so they are happy with that. Pop a tiny set of nail clippers in your cabin bag and those will cut the cable tie when you arrive.
 

FLEUR

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2012 - 2016
Someone recently suggested buying a collapsible holdall and packing the rucksack inside. I've just bought one of these. Very cheap and I think it will work really well. When not in use it folds neatly into its own pouch .
Should I need to use daily bag transfer on the Camino I could put the bulk of my pack stuff into the holdall and just carry a small amount in my well fitting rucksack. This idea has been suggested by other forum members.
No cling film and a reusable holdall. Win, win.
 

FLEUR

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2012 - 2016
Some European low cost airlines state that their overhead lockers have limited capacity and that some passengers will have their carry on luggage taken at the boarding gate and put in the hold.
 

Robo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
CF Sarria to SdC
(May 2016)
CF SJPDP-SdC
(Apr/May 2018)
VdlP (2020)
Rather than worry I would merely check the carry on baggage allowance dimensions and weight for any airline you are using. As others have said. most Camino packs will be OK as cabin luggage, but check!

If you have liquids, sharps, poles, check them in using a mailing tube.....or two.
Have done this three times. No hassle, no stress.
 

Robo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
CF Sarria to SdC
(May 2016)
CF SJPDP-SdC
(Apr/May 2018)
VdlP (2020)
Some European low cost airlines state that their overhead lockers have limited capacity and that some passengers will have their carry on luggage taken at the boarding gate and put in the hold.
That's why you have to check their specific rules and measure / weigh your pack. ....
It isn't hard folks.... ;)

afternote. Sorry @FLEUR. You were making a different point. That regardless of size it could still be taken from you if the cabin lockers fill up. I think I would just say I have fragile stuff in it and demand I keep it with me.
 

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