I am about to fork out a small fortune for an osprey 70 litre backpack and I want to protect my new baby when I have to check it in on upcoming flights. I've been googling and a lot of the travel sacs out there seem to be pretty crap quality, only lasting one trip. Equally, the more robust duffle bags / military kit bags etc are just too heavy and bulky to have to carry around afterwards.
I have come across a few possibilites I may consider, so wondered if anyone has experience of these and could suggest which they think is best?
The last one seems to get a good few reviews, but since it is so light I am worried about it's durability and strength when lifted?
I know some people will say don't bother with a cover, just tuck all the straps in properly, but having had bags and even suitcases ripped & damaged in the past, I'm just not even risking this with a new expensive Osprey!
Thanks in advance
Actually... I hid one cover in a really great place... only to return after ten weeks and discover that it had gone!
As I was walking away, I noticed another guy start looking all over the same place, investigating every nook and cranny. Was he the thief? Nope... it turned out that I'd hidden the cover in the same place as a very popular geocache. Bloody geocachers!
Cling film is a cheap option and avoids having to carry a cover.
I've used a Sakbag Air (http://www.catch22products.co.uk/Security.htm#Air) for some years for domestic and international air travel (with an Osprey pack!) with no issues, found it plenty robust
> I'll wrap it in a couple of plastic bags and hide it near the airport (or some other location) at the other end
Make sure you do this well away from airport security systems and personnel, unless you want to end up very familiar with someone wearing a rubber glove...
Luke wrote (see)
after a trip to the states with 4 out of 6 suitcases coming back damaged
I simply can't believe that any airline would still be in business if it was 'damaging' getting on for 70% of its passengers luggage.
How are you defining 'damage'?
IMHO baggage wrapping at airports was thought up by accountants on a wet Tuesday afternoon who saw big fat profits on one side and stupid people on the other. They've been laughing all the way to the bank ever since.
The only real contact I've had with baggage wrapping is at the luggage carousel where people have got all irate that the wrapping has either all gone or is hanging off where the bag has obviously been opened. On further investigation it appears that the originating airport security opened the bag during security checks. I've heard that luggage wrapped thus is more likely to be opened.
Luke, looking around generally at luggage being offered for sale it doesn't surprise me that its so easily damaged/broken i.e. £75 for a 3 piece set!. I think it would be instructive to look at what frequent flyers use..... TUMI I bought a carry-on at the sales in America about 6 years ago and I can't see why it won't me for a lifetime. Its crazy expensive in the UK $1= £1.20 but during sales in the US it gets down to 'worth it' sort of prices. Then again baggage handlers know about Tumi so its more likely to be nicked..... ho hum!
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