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PostThu Jun 25, 2020 9:09 am 
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Hey guys,
Any of you who air travel with your backpacks, I was wondering what you use to secure them so they don't have problems in the conveyor belt. The past couple times I've duck-taped the straps, but this has been a real pain.

My local airport doesn't have those seran-wrap machines that I have seen occasionally in overseas airports.

The only other thing I can think of is a supersized duffel bag that the backpack can fit into. I only found one site online that sells these (a company called "military 1st"). It looks like a decent option, but I was wondering if there's any alternatives that I haven't thought of.
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PostThu Jun 25, 2020 9:24 am 
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Most any surplus store has them cheap. They are not really surplus but recent overseas manufacture. Of course you can always get them from pataguchi and the like for $$$.

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PostThu Jun 25, 2020 9:27 am 
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Malachai Constant wrote:
Most any surplus store has them cheap.

Do you have any specific places to share? I might have to go this route. I bought one from that "Military 1st" site, but it looks like they're shipping is delayed. I don't know if I'll receive it in time for my trip.
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PostThu Jun 25, 2020 9:44 am 
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We got ours from the place in downtown Seattle that used to have a huge rocket out front. Do not know if it still exists. They last forever.

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PostThu Jun 25, 2020 10:08 am 
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Thanks for that info.
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PostThu Jun 25, 2020 10:30 am 
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Mostly I've just cinched down the waist band, shoulder straps and all the accessory straps and secured the ends with duct tape.  I also attach a heavy duty neon green ID tag to the haul loop as well as insert a contact id card in the head flap.

I carry on a daypack with stuff I'll need in the event that it takes a few days for my checked bag to catch up with me.  (One trip to Tel Aviv it took four days for my checked bag to catch up)
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PostThu Jun 25, 2020 11:01 am 
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What about a combination of zip-ties (the kind cops sometimes use as handcuffs) to cinch R/L straps to each other and to the waist strap, and then buy some cinch-straps that will go around the entire pack to keep the pack straps tight to the sack?  (I know REI, and some military surplus sell them.

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PostThu Jun 25, 2020 2:59 pm 
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I sewed one up from scrap 1000d cordura. Works great.

Look into a "seabag" if you want something cheap and durable.
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PostThu Jun 25, 2020 7:05 pm 
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Difference between an army duffel and a sea bag is one is OD and the other is Navy Blue. We have one of each.

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PostThu Jun 25, 2020 8:11 pm 
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Thanks for the suggestions, all good. I'm going to try to go for the duffel bag solution because that would be the easiest and quickest - just throw the backpack in and you're done.
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PostFri Jun 26, 2020 9:18 am 
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Randito wrote:
I carry on a daypack with stuff I'll need in the event that it takes a few days for my checked bag to catch up with me.  (One trip to Tel Aviv it took four days for my checked bag to catch up)

yeah, every time I go backpacking I get a little nervous about this. Granted, i only fly within the U.S., but it would suck for them to lose the backpack because everything depends on it. Before I travel, I put everything in it - the food, the water filter, the tent, sleeping bag, etc - of course everything I will be carrying on the trail.

This time around I'm going to ask if I can carry it on, but it's probably too large.
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PostFri Jun 26, 2020 3:40 pm 
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Before I got a duffel, I used contractor "demo" bags.  They are intended for wood, metal, and concrete debris from building sites.  They are plenty large, durable, and I think they run a buck or two per bag (although I think you have to buy 10 at a time).

https://www.demobags.com/

When I've used these, I've cut holes in the top, reinforced with duct tape, for carrying handles.
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PostFri Jun 26, 2020 6:46 pm 
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There is a army  navy  surplus store just north of the downtown Seattle Patagonia. Same block. Should have what your looking for.

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PostFri Jun 26, 2020 7:54 pm 
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^^^ Same biz has 2 locations, the other in SODO near the old Sears and the Starbucks HQ:

http://www.gr8gear.com/

The parking is probably easier at the SODO location. I've picked up some good stuff there.

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PostSat Jun 27, 2020 3:49 pm 
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RatherBOutdoors wrote:
https://www.demobags.com/

When I've used these, I've cut holes in the top, reinforced with duct tape, for carrying handles.


Excellent tip. Thanks.
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