Lightweight backpack protection

Discussion in 'Packs & Accessories' started by JKM, Feb 9, 2019.

  1. JKM

    JKM Thru Hiker

    With a trip to Greece :) pending I am thinking of ways to protect my backpack while in the hold. I have never flown with just a backpack before.

    Perhaps foolishly I went for the cheapest ticket option which includes a 10kg hold bag, which will be my liteskin atompack.
    I want to keep the weight to a minimum but want to give it some kind of protection and keep the straps from getting snagged in the conveyors.

    My only thoughts so far...
    • Pipe lagging round my poles.
    • Modifying an RWB or IKEA dimpla bag by cutting and re-sewing to size.
    • Some egg crate type foam between bag and pack.

    Any other hints?
    Perhaps I should just wrap it in cling film and hope for the best.

    RWB bag, popular in China and Russia as luggage.
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2019
  2. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    I made a simple bag last year for a member on here out of tough 3oz sil to work as a pack liner/bag protector. Apparently, it made it around S. America without so much as a hole. The idea was it's cheap, and also incredibly slippy to it didn't catch in the machinery.

    I've used old suitcases, shrink wrap, cardboard, cling film from local shops...all have been OK, but I prefer the protection of a suitcase packed with bubble wrap. Packs are important.

    It's a real shame we don't have a member on here who lives in Greece that knows about airport baggage systems, you could have got some specialist advice. :biggrin:
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2019
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  3. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    Or mail your pack out to them direct to be picked up in Athens on arrival :biggrin::biggrin:……...
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  5. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    I used an RWB bag recently and the zip burst before the return trip and they refused to give me a bit of gaffa to mend it and instead made me pay for their ludicrous bubble wrap machine. I'd stick it in a suitcase and leave the suitcase in left luggage or at night one's hotel if there is a night one hotel.
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  6. Arne L.

    Arne L. Section Hiker

    Way too expensive for what it is but I’ve used the Zpacks Airplane Backpack case for my trips with the plane. It doubles as pack liner & does the job.

    It works well with my 40L pack filled to the brim. I put tentpoles & hikingpoles to the sides inside the case.

    I think you could make something like it pretty easily yourself like Teepee suggested.
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  7. tom

    tom Thru Hiker

    Buy 1 or 2 rolls of cling film in a pound shop - its pretty indestructible. I make hold luggage out of loose card board pieces and cling film for contraband stuff ( i.e. for crampons, ice axes, trekking poles, tent pegs etc). Allways arrives safely....
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  8. NEEpps

    NEEpps Ultralighter


    Last time i flew I got my pack wrapped at Gatwick as I didn't want to carry the cover on the trail but as you can leave stuff with @gixer I would suggest something like the highlander cover for a tenner. I have one and it does the job. rucksack cover
    As I'm not such a tight git and have 15kg luggage allowance, I shall be placing my pack in my Montane duffel.
    Sweet coffee please:wideyed:.
  9. FOX160

    FOX160 Thru Hiker

    Why don’t you increase your luggage allowance and do the same as Neil
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  10. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    I used a. Plastic hessian bag, zip tied. Made. A slot. For. The grab handle. Doubled. As a ground cloth.
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  11. JKM

    JKM Thru Hiker

    Tightness :)

    Also, this is TrekLite..... Surely a 4 day trip on 10kg equipped for both beach and snow should be within my capabilities with some advice from yourselves.

    As I normally massively over-pack, it will be a challenge for me to stick to 10kg and a kanken.
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2019
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  12. gixer

    gixer Thru Hiker

    I wouldn't put any of my hiking rucksacks through an airport BHS
    Not a day goes by that a bag isn't ripped to pieces by the belts or crushed by the sorter on any airport baggage system
    Personally i just wouldn't risk it

    Best options i can think of are

    1/ Post it to me
    To be sure say 2 weeks beforehand

    2/ Do what i do when i hike in England
    Put your rucksack inside a suitcase, then put the suitcase in hold luggage

    3/ Borrow my stuff
    I've got a spare Arcblast, hiking poles, Neoair Xlite, Pegs, stoves (gas and meths), i've got a couple of those Chinamids or that Trekker tent thing, sleeping bags

    In theory you can just board the plane wearing your hiking clothes and be alright
    I'd be more worried about wearing something comfortable cause if we go with the Drakolimni plan, it's a 6 hour drive there and a 6 hour drive back :whistling:
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  13. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    Im guessing you dont need to hit the trail and have somewhere to put a cover / case so in that event id put the rucksack inside a holdall. Pack food and heavier items in your carryon to keep the hold weight down. Repack at the other end and job done. 10kg shouldnt be a challenge for 4 days out
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  14. JKM

    JKM Thru Hiker

    thanks for all the ideas everyone.

    The slipperiness of the material could be a good point.
    i think you will approve of my final decision/choice though :cool:

    if only there were such a person...:o o:

    oh look.... :)

    fair enough, i kind of liked the idea of a cheap ultralight solution though. the feeling of being one up against ryanair would be satisfying also.
    i also though of some twin wall polycarbonate panels to give shape and protection but that still probably wouldn't stand a chance against the machinery if it got jammed anyway

    i hoped that the translucent dimpla bag may garner the tiniest bit of sympathy and careful handling, probably optimistic though.

    that must be one dusty stove... :laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh:

    i will let you know if there is anything else needed though, thanks for the offer.

    spare ice axe and crampons perhaps? bear traps? wolf spray? hopefully not though.

    i knew that mankini would come in handy for something eventually.
    or i can promise not to wear it if you let me drive :)

    the postage is annoyingly expensive :unsure: i may as well have just ought a 20kg hold bag in the first place.
    i don't mind spending on things that i want or that make me happy but postage or giving more money to ryanair are neither. it also seemed an unnecessary risk & faff.

    i would intend to restitch all the seams and zip before using, they are quite :poop: straight off the shelf. the IKEA dimpla bag (£3) is much better made with tape reinforced seams etc so halving one and cutting it down to size is still a good idea, i may make one just to store all my packs together in the loft anyway.

    looks handy, i also realised that decathlon do one as well which is slightly lighter i think.
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  15. JKM

    JKM Thru Hiker


    I chickend out and ended up with this, hopefully you approve on the colour @Teepee

    Having never flown hand luggage/carry-on before I needed to buy a smaller case than my usual

    I was prompted when i realised that the pack was actually borderline for the length dimensions of a 10kg case, however if I remove the frame and twist it into a fish shape (think fish symbol on the back of cars) then it should fit in.

    It was worth asking the question though i suppose. It feels a slight shame end up with conventional luggage, no matter how nice the colour.

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  16. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    It will be versatile on trail....

    That Camp Trails frame extension takes me back...
  17. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Handy for the glissades :)
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  18. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    :inlove: :smug:

    I'd wheel that through baggage.

    You just need some new wheels and your done;

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  19. FOX160

    FOX160 Thru Hiker

    Myself and @NEEpps seen a Japanese couple dragging one of these across part of the SDW must be catching on : )
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  20. FOX160

    FOX160 Thru Hiker

    Found it. Taken photo just after seeing them come off the Downs.
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  21. JKM

    JKM Thru Hiker

    Bless, they look like they are having a lovely time. At least there are no challenging scrambles on their route.
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  22. FOX160

    FOX160 Thru Hiker

    They must have dragged that up and down a good number of miles before they came to that concrete path.
    It was a mix of fun and disbelief watching them dragging it down the hillside, think they thought the path was all paved.
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  23. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    Maybe they were 'afeart of putting their precious backpacks thru' airline baggage "handlers" :whistling::D.
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  24. JKM

    JKM Thru Hiker

    After the terrible tales i have heard i dont blame them!

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