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?
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.