Anyone had any problems with putting all their camping gear in the hold on easy jet or the likes ?
I am thinking of flying to scotland from Gatwick simply because I don't have much time and have seen returns for as little as £90.
The thing that bothers me is if something gets lost, stolen or damaged I can't afford to replace it plus it would spoil my trip. I have little faith in insurance policies and dont have any of the reciepts to prove how much my gear cost.
Anyone had any problems ?
I've flown a lot through my life - often with very valuable luggage, when making documentary films. Bits go missing only very, very rarely. I'm not saying it won't happen - it's happened to me a couple of times - but that's out of hundreds of flights. Nearly always the missing luggage is tracked and returned the following day.
Easyjet are on the whole very good (I'll be flying to Italy with them on tuesday). I really wouldn't worry.
Edited to add the thought that you could photograph your gear before you fly. That would be evidence. But I've never done that.
Sam, i always fly from London to Scotland now as it's often cheaper than the train. I've never had a problem with my stuff*. www.cityjet.com from London city airport.
*i'm always the `random person ' that gets the thorough search at Dundee airport.
Remember no gas.
that £90 ticket will probably go up somewot when you add baggage old chap.
by the time you fanny around getting to gatwick check in and wait around for an hour or two, then have another fanny getting into glasgow from the airport the other end you find it'll take the same amount of time as the train. and you then have the costs of the gatwick express and the airport bus to glasgow to add on
also when catching a train out of glasgow they hardly ever connect with the flights so your stuck in glasgow for the night.
it all works out the same in the end. bloody frustrating.
thanks for the advice, Its just an initial thought as Ive been wanting to go to scotland for a long time and cant really get away for a decent trip because Ive got a two year old duaghter at home. So I was thinking of maybe flying to inverness then getting a bus to fort william and either doing a few nights wild camping around Glen coe area or just walking the great glen way back to inverness taking in a few munroes if poss. I havent reasearched it completely yet but inittially it looks possible. The flights were mid October and that was with the baggage cost. Although If I don't make it in October than I might wait until spring. idont know when the best time to go would be.
1 bag free (your rucksack) with Cityjet
If flying to Inverness why bus to Fort William? Bus to Ullapool only just over an hour and you could get off earlier and be next to any number of great mountains.
No gas cylinders and either have a brand new stove or a stove that hasnt been used for week (about 6) to make sure there is no residual smell. Mid October is likely to be well wet. Lat time I costed out a flight from an airport not handy for me ( I can get a local train to link to an airport shuttle bus for Liverpool) by the time I had added in car parking this end, public transport that end and the time involved, I got the train
You might be able to get a cheap deal on the sleeper to Fort William. However, the last time I tried to do this (from Crewe) it would have worked out cheaper to charter a plane.
A quick check on the Scotrail mess that they claim to be a web site seems to show it would be arounf £100 return in October.
If you are using trains and ferries (Calmac), might be worth checking if a "Freedom of Scotland" pass is worth it (includes all train in Scotland and all Calmac ferries), you can use it from Carlisle onwards (or Berwick if on the East Coast line).
Thanks all, Yes maybe ullapool would be better, I will have do some major research before commiting. Ive got a bit of time on my hands as am off work with a bad back so can't really do much at the moment.
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