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PostSat Jul 06, 2019 9:37 am 
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I am  flying this fall, which I don't do often.   Can I take  compressible/folding trekking poles  in a carry on?  I am not seeing them on  list of banned items, but don't want to be surprised at security. I would be purchasing for this trip. I have a set of BD poles that don't compress enough to fit in carry on.
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PostSat Jul 06, 2019 12:32 pm 
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We fly quite often. Collapsed poles usually are a no go with TSA but sometimes you can take them. You can take them in checked which is free on Southwest and most foreign airlines. If there is a Costco where you are headed you can get their poles for $30 as a throw away.

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PostSat Jul 06, 2019 2:24 pm 
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Thanks for your response. I don't check luggage so if not in a carry on,  they won't go.   I think ( looked further)  TSA doesn't allow them.
I  saw the Costco ones,  never thought of that. I could give them to the friend I'm staying with  so that might be the best idea. thanks.
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PostSat Jul 06, 2019 3:51 pm 
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You could send a pair in the mail to your destination and send them back home when done.

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PostSun Jul 07, 2019 6:59 pm 
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Most sporting goods stores (Big 5, Dicks, Cabbalas, et al) would carry some basic cheap trekking poles as well.

You might have TSA issues with tent stakes, any tent poles, metal sporks, and cat-hole diggers as well.  The knife was already a no fly.

Unless you have a very small backpack or one with no frame, most normal Hiking backpacks are over the 22 inch carry on size limit.  Many airline dont seem to enforce the rule, but many budget ones are ridiculous enforcers (Spirt, & Frontier are notorious)

Given the potential issues, checking the entire backpack there might be a cost saver.  Id put the entire pack in a cardboard box to protect it and to make it non-obvious theft target.

You could also apply for the airlines credit card in advance.  They almost always include a free checked bag to card holders.

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PostSun Jul 07, 2019 8:14 pm 
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InFlight wrote:
Given the potential issues, checking the entire backpack there might be a cost saver.  Id put the entire pack in a cardboard box to protect it and to make it non-obvious theft target.

I put mine in a big duffel bag and check that.
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PostWed Jul 10, 2019 10:38 pm 
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Just buy on site at big 5, they have some ones with decent gription.

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