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Packing Your Gear Into Your Snowboard Bag

Hey all, this is my first post. Started snowboarding this season and heading to Mammoth in 2 days with the lady and a bunch of friends.

I have a snowboard bag with some cushion in there. My question is, are there any general tips or tricks you guys/gals use when packing your gear into your bag for the airport? Are your bindings mounted on your board in your bag? Do you wrap your board with anything? Do you lock your bag?

Just some general tips would be great.

Thanks for your help. Great forum.
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i stuffed as much as i could into my board bag when i flew. i left my bindings on, but of course i folded down the backs. i didnt wrap my board or anything like that tho, and it made it just fine, except that they forgot to put it on the plane when i flew home the dumbasses...
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My situation is bit different, I have traveled about 10 times with my board. I have a Dakine bag and it is well padded, but before I had a Burton bag that had no padding at all, it was just like a school backpack. I usually have two boards in the same bad and 2 sets of biddings(I carry my friends board too). Since its 2 boards I don't have the privilege of leaving the bindings on, I have to remove them, no way around that. I usually rap each board with towels and them I lay the larger board underneath and the smaller on top, with plenty of layers in between and even more protecting the sides of the boards (that way they never come in contact).

Then I put the on top of the smaller board with another layer to separate then, and plenty of clothes protecting the bindings. Just make sure you wrap the boards with a towel, on my second trip my board destroyed my favorite jacket, it cut it all and all the feathers came out(the hotel room was a mess they were so pissed off, I felt so bad the cleaning lady was there for ever cleaning(I gave her a nice tip, she did a great job).

Also keep in mind that most airlines have 50lbs limit, but that will not be a problem for you, I have never been over the limit with 2 boards 4 bindings and cloths in there.

I would recommend to put the boots on a separate bag, that way if they loose one of the bags you don't have to rent boot, or vise versa the other way around. If they loose both then you're screwed. But they are usually good with those kind of bags

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I have a burton bag with pretty decent padding. I'm going to be packing 2 boards, 2 bindings, and a pair of boots. I have another snowboard bag I'm thinking of using to relieve some pressure from my first bag.

How good is airport security at going through your stuff and keeping putting everything back? Taking care of everything? And making sure they don't forget something?

What if your bag is over 50lbs? Do you have to pay?
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i don't think airport security will look thru your snowboard bag, they didn't look thru mine and i had all sorts of stuff in there. they can easily recognize pretty much everything in your board bag because everyone puts the same stuff in and they see it all the time.
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What if your bag is over 50lbs? Do you have to pay?
yep. i forget exactly how much but i remember it being a decent bit.
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I have a burton bag with pretty decent padding. I'm going to be packing 2 boards, 2 bindings, and a pair of boots. I have another snowboard bag I'm thinking of using to relieve some pressure from my first bag.

How good is airport security at going through your stuff and keeping putting everything back? Taking care of everything? And making sure they don't forget something?

What if your bag is over 50lbs? Do you have to pay?

Well so far I haven't had a problem, the only problem i had is that the bag missed the plane in a connection but it got home a couple of hours later. The extra is like $25 dollars or so, it also depends on the airline, some cheap airlines will charge you for the second bag try contacting your airline.

Trust me on this one just take one bag, less stuff to carry around and aslong as you cover everything well there will be no problem. My old burton bag was a piece of crap very old and cheap, but it took a lot pressure before it ripped just a little bit, if you bag is well padded the odds are that it will hold well. And with the weight don't worry about the weight, I honestly have never gone over the limit, weight it before leaving your house.

The airports are usually good in the sector of security, I believe they opened mine like a couple of times. Just remember to pack the screws and plates in a zipplog bag and put the in a side pocket of the snowboard bag, that way they have less of a chance to get lost.
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Hey all, this is my first post. Started snowboarding this season and heading to Mammoth in 2 days with the lady and a bunch of friends.

I have a snowboard bag with some cushion in there. My question is, are there any general tips or tricks you guys/gals use when packing your gear into your bag for the airport? Are your bindings mounted on your board in your bag? Do you wrap your board with anything? Do you lock your bag?

Just some general tips would be great.

Thanks for your help. Great forum.
NJ/NY airports will break your lock or cut open your bag if you lock it. Im not sure how strict oter airports are.


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NJ/NY airports will break your lock or cut open your bag if you lock it. Im not sure how strict oter airports are.
yeah i wouldn't suggest a lock, i think they are more enticed to look inside if you have one also. i just put a twist tie thing on my zippers just so they wouldn't come open, and i could tell that they never opened my bags because of how they were on there. it does depend on the airport. in columbus oh, they were not strict at all compared to reno.
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I don't think I have ever locked my bags, I always carry the $$$ things in my hand.
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