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An Outdoorsman Guide To Flying

Aside from the road trip, people take the plane to get to their destinations for camping, fishing, or hiking. Taking a flight on your next adventure? Know the best tips and tricks. It is an occurrence in airports for authorities to always check baggage for items that aren’t allowed and allowed while on the plane. Furthermore, there are also regulations on allowable weight for the baggage.

Traveling for pleasure requires a different preparation method from traveling for an outdoor adventure. Nowadays, there is outdoor equipment that is built to be brought on the flight. Read further to know more about these guidelines.

Know the items that are allowed on the flight

Part of the planning is to be able to find out which items, gears, and equipment are allowed to be brought with you on the plane or those that you can check-in with the baggage. Here’s a guide from the Transportation Security Administration

  • Animal repellants can go in the checked luggage if the volume is less than four ounces and the active ingredients are less than 2 percent. For instance, Bear Mace may not be allowed.
  • Camp stoves can be inside the carry-on luggage or the check-in bags. Be sure to empty the fuel.
  • Insect repellants are both permitted in the carry-on and check-in luggage. Meanwhile, insecticides are not allowed.
  • Empty gas cylinders are also allowed in both checked-in and carry-on bags provided that the regulator valve has been removed. Some airport personnel may also still check on this.
  • Flare guns are allowed only in the checked baggage but they have to be declared like a regular firearm. The flares though should be purchased once you have arrived at the airport in your destination.
  • How about fishing poles? Security personnel allow fishing poles but are covered by carry-on limits when you plan to take them on the airplane. Tackles are allowed as a carry-on as long as they do not have knives and large fishing hooks commonly used for deep sea fishing.
  • Spear guns cannot be brought inside the aircraft but they can be checked in. This rule also applies to bow and arrows.
  • Guns and ammo are allowed for check-in. Be sure to always check regulations for these items.
  • Safety matches, according to TSA and FAA safety regulations, are allowed in the carry-on bags but only one pack per passenger. Some forms of matches may not be permitted.
  • Despite the previous ban, lighters are now permitted in your carry-on bags. However, torch lighters are still not allowed.
  • Hatchets and knives for survival are not allowed in the carry-on bags but can be checked-in at the airport personnel desk.

Have a strategy

Specifically, when you are already packing these gears, it is important to always pack light. Minimize the amount of clothing that you bring along with you. To support this tip, you can bring a travel detergent or a multi-purpose soap that can be used for bathing, washing dishes, and washing clothes. Choose lightweight, breathable outfits instead of jeans and denim fabrics. Find towels that are with micro-fiber features. Towels of this kind have quick-drying properties and they are also absorbent.

When it comes to bringing food, use your judgment to determine whether to bring cooked meals or frozen food supplies. Some travelers and backpackers are adept at bringing instant food items that only require heating once they arrive at their destination.  

With all these things in mind, you should be able to have a smooth travel for your outdoor adventures. Always leave room in your luggage to store souvenirs as well.

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