Adventures are not restricted to a single place. It’s ever-changing and the dynamics tell you not to be constant. Are you one of those who loves to travel and explore the
wilderness, go camping, or just want to relax on one of the beaches in the Bahamas?
If yes, you have to bring your equipment as well as the tent to your trip. With this, a great question comes into the picture.
Are you allowed to carry your tent on a plane?
The tent becomes compact and portable after being packed inside the carrying bag. In spite of being packed, the size is still a bit awkward for the flight baggage. So, if the size of the carry bag is standard and gets fit according to the norms of the TSA, then it’s perfectly fine and permitted to carry the tent in your hand luggage or cargo.
But there is a catch. If the size of the tent exceeds the standard provided by the airport authority then you might have issues regarding the tent.
A major catch is the presence of hollow tubes in the tents that makes it suspicious to the airport security staff. So, you might have to face trouble regarding it.
If you have to travel, then we will recommend having a tent made up of fibreglass tubes. These are not hollow and thus makes it a good choice. But that makes the size of the tent big as well as it is heavy. Make sure that the tent is lightweight because there is a weight restriction on the luggage. So, pick a tent that is both compact and lightweight.
Pack Smartly and Lightly
Make sure your luggage is properly labelled so as to make it more obvious to the
security staff. The case or the carry bag of the tent has to be of good quality so as to
avoid any nuisance in the flight.
Always remember that the tent stakes will be checked at the airport security as the
stakes can be used as a weapon. So, make sure the stakes are a part of the baggage
and not the hand luggage. It would really be a disappointment if the stakes are
confiscated at the airport. So, pack wisely.
The baggage fee for the extra weight can be a disappointment for many thus it is
advisable to weigh the baggage before going to the airport. You can get baggage
weighing machine at around $10 in any local departmental store. Check with your
airport the maximum weight of the luggage allowed and match it with the weight of your luggage. This could help you save few dollars.
Items Allowed to be Carried
There is various other camping equipment that can be allowed in flights whereas there are a few that has to be avoided while flying.
The camping knife can be carried inside the checked baggage. You cannot carry it with you in the hand luggage. It has to be inside the checked luggage and should be
sheathed properly so that it does not cause any damage to the baggage handlers.
Safety matches and flashlights are allowed inside the baggage. it must have a good
case so that it does not cause any unwanted incidents. A gas stove can also be carried.
Items Not Allowed
Coming to the camping items that are not allowed in flights. Well, it’s simple as it can be. Anything that’s sharp and pointed and can be used as a weapon is not allowed inside the flights.
Fuel or any combustible materials are strictly forbidden to be carried inside aeroplanes. These can cause tragic incidents and thus should be avoided at any cost.
Firestarters such as Fire Steel is also not permissible.
Penalties for possessing these items can be huge and can land you in big trouble. So,
pack your luggage wisely.
Here are Some of the Suggested Tents that are Portable and Most
Suitable to be Carried on Flights
This is one of the most lightweight tents you can find on the market. It weighs around 4 pounds and can occupy 2-3 persons in it. It has good space as well as excellent ventilation to keep the tent cool even in the intense heat. It comes with a compact carry bag and makes it really manageable to be carried on flights. The size is 83″ x 55″ x 46″.
So, it can be kept as checked luggage easily.
An excellent choice if there are 2-3 members and want a good beach experience. The
carry bag is of good enough quality so you don’t need to purchase an extra bag. Yes,
the stakes are also provided with it, both the steel and the plastic one with extra sandbags.
Another excellent choice for travelling as it is extremely lightweight and can be portable enough to be carried by one person. It provides excellent sun protection as well as a rain cover. The dimensions stand at 82.7” x 45.3” x 49.2” and is spacious enough to accommodate 2-3 persons with ease inside it.
It weights at around 4 pounds and can be easily carried by one person. The compact
size of the folded tent is what makes this tent a good choice.
After being folded its dimension becomes 17.3” x 4.7. This size is small enough to be kept inside a medium sized trolley.
Incredible isn’t it. This tent is highly portable and thus it is one of the best choices for the person who wants to travel with a tent.
The tent is of good quality and provides every feature that an ideal tent should have. Best choice according to us.
Another ultra-lightweight beach tent with innovative design and good space to occupy 3-4 person inside. The weight of the tent is 5 pound and is light enough to be carried by one person easily.
It will not give any extra load on the weight on the luggage.
After being folded it becomes a disc of diameter 80cm thus making it very portable and thus easy to carry. It comes with a carry bag. Another interesting thing is that there are YouTube videos on how to set up the tent which makes it easier to set up a camp by someone who is not a pro. Good sun protection and rain protection.
Good choice for everyone who wishes to travel with a tent and other equipment.
This is a bit bigger as compared to the rest of the products in this list but the weight is similarly very low. It weighs around 5 pounds and is easy to be carried by one
person in and around by one person. It offers a big space inside the tent and can
occupy 3-4 persons in it. After being packed it measures 39″ x 8.5″ x 8.5″. This makes it portable to be carried in a flight.
It has to be in checked luggage as it will be slightly big. But few airlines will allow you to carry it in the hand luggage too.
It is easy to set up and will take around 1 minute to set up by one person. It is durable and strong and can last longer as it is made up of good quality material.
It comes with a carry bag and all the accessories to give you a good beach experience.
A good choice for people who wants a good beach experience and is ready to take slightly big luggage. The floor space is good and is made up of durable material.
This is possibly the most lightweight tent we have ever come across. It weighs just 2.8 Pounds.
Yes, you heard it right. It weights 2.8 pounds. It is spacious and can accommodate 3-4 person in it.
After being packed it measures 21″ L x 21″ W x 1.9″ H. This is really a compact size for the tent and makes it really easy for you to carry it during your travel. The airlines will allow you to keep it in checked luggage as well as in hand luggage.
This is a durable tent made up of good quality material that provides good sun coverage and rain protection. It is easy to set up in just one minute. The ventilation is good and provides airflow inside the tent.
A good choice for people who do not want to carry extra weight and want some extra space. Must have if you want the lightest possible tent.
Keep Your Tent and Equipments Safe
While travelling everyone wishes to have their luggage safe and sound. With the correct way of packing and arranging the equipment, your luggage will land at the destination without any scratch.
Make sure that all the straps are tightened and there are no loose ends hanging so that it does not get tangled with the conveyor or other bags. A compression sack comes in handy these times. It compresses your luggage to make it more manageable. Make sure the zippers are strong and are can take the strain of the belongings.
Pack the knives and sharp objects in a cardboard box along with the other sharp objects like stakes or hiking Poles.
TIP: Keep most of your camping equipment in the checked luggage. And be aware that even if you follow all the rules, still it is up to the decision of the TSA authority to allow or disallow something from your luggage.
Consider renting the gears instead of Taking your gears and travelling. There
are whole lots of dealers that provides camping gears in very less cost. This
could make your luggage less and will make it more manageable for you.