How to prepare for a long distance camping trip?

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I have camped all my life but they have always been in driving distance so I pack up the car and off I go. I am flying from Boston to CA for a 4 day camping trip and am unsure about packing for a plane ride. The backpack I plan on bringing is peobably too big for carry on, but I don’t trust it checked. What do you suggest? Carry on my sleeping bag and pillow and check the pack? Maybe?

Thanks!

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I would pack my backpack as I would for the camping trip. And then but a big cheap duffel bag. (I got a huge hockey gear sized one at a local chain store for cheap.) Put your whole ready to go pack in it and zip it up. The duffel protects the pack and all the straps, and can be folded down small and stowed away while your camping. Until the flight home.
Some packs have a small removable pouch or pocket that can be used as a carry on.

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dewclaw

I would pack my backpack as I would for the camping trip. And then but a big cheap duffel bag. (I got a huge hockey gear sized one at a local chain store for cheap.) Put your whole ready to go pack in it and zip it up. The duffel protects the pack and all the straps, and can be folded down small and stowed away while your camping. Until the flight home.
Some packs have a small removable pouch or pocket that can be used as a carry on.

programmgr1

Ship your normal gear to a friend or UPS/FedEx office a week ahead and have them hold it for you, then ship home when your done. Money well spent to have your gear on the trip.

the_guy_in_alberta

Shipping your gear these days when postal charges are outrageous is not worth it. A 30 pound bag would probably be about 50 bucks from MA to CA, if not more! Like the first person said, put the bag in a bigger duffel and put it in checked baggage. That would be better money spent, because the next time you go on a long dist. trip you can use it again. Also learn what you can or can bring on board, such as camp fuel and lighters are not allowed. I am unsure of the policy of knives, but they should probably be ok in checked baggage.

Cableguy

You can get a duffle bag to stuff the backpack into that is what I have done it works fine and stuff doesn’t” fall off ” my pack

Tatiana L

if its a camping you won´t need a humongous bag… so carry light

camphost

That’s a long flight – I would do the suggestion of getting a big duffle bag and putting as much in there as you can and check it. The cost of shipping everything – wow – you could just buy new stuff when you go there. Some stuff you could just buy there if it’s too much to pack. I would first call the airlines and ask for their suggestions. The fly everything everywhere – they can probably give you the best advise.

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