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    Packing Hiking Poles?

    Greetings! Long-time owner, first- or second-time poster.

    My husband and I are going hiking in France in several weeks. We are planning to use the A45 and a Smart Alec. We are flummoxed as to how to we can pack our hiking/trekking poles, however. Any suggestions/hacks? Would love to not have to buy or use a different bag to carry these items.

    If this question has been answered before, my apologies and please direct me to the answer :-)

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    Hi CrawJaku,

    I use a pair of trekking poles that are fairly compact -- the Leki Micro Vario Ti Cor-Tec Men's Trekking Poles have a folded length of 15". The compact packed size, as well how nice they are to use, helped me choose those trekking poles. They will definitely fit in the Aeronaut 45, as well as in the Smart Alec backpack.

    I haven't tried traveling with them, but expect that they would need to be checked.
    -m

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    Following, too. (I suspect I need to check my trekking poles but hoping I don't have to...)


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    Current TSA regulations are that hiking poles are only allowed in checked baggage.

    https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-...s/hiking-poles

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    Yeah, I'm in the same boat. My trekking poles pack down really tiny but the tips are banned from what I understand. I'm not willing to check my luggage so I'll just put them in a cardboard tube with my pocket knife and call it a day.

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    Thanks all. We are prepared to check our bags (we each get a checked bag for free and we aren't in such a rush that I will mind waiting at the carousel). I'm feeling challenged about just how exactly we can pack and fit these poles in one of our existing bags. Poles are 26" long. I suppose we can take them apart but I was wondering if anyone had found a clever way to store/carry them whilst traveling.

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    Hi @CrawJaku,

    There are some discussions in the forums about this, but some of the solutions involve recommendations of poles that are packable. See, for example, @Trailhiker's PHOTO ESSAY - PACKING CUBE BACKPACK (AERONAUT) thread:
    https://forums.tombihn.com/photos-vi...-aeronaut.html



    The same Black Diamonds carried on the Guide's Pack (previously shown in the Packing Cube Backpack for A45)


    There's also the Attach hiking poles to an S25? thread:
    https://forums.tombihn.com/questions...poles-s25.html

    And there's a discussion in @eWalker's Inca Trail trek in Septembert thread about travel with trekking poles:
    https://forums.tombihn.com/packing-l...ptember-2.html

    He ordered the Black Diamonds that @Trailhiker used. See this post:
    https://forums.tombihn.com/packing-l...html#post91353

    HTH,

    moriond

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    Quote Originally Posted by moriond View Post
    Hi @CrawJaku,

    There are some discussions in the forums about this, but some of the solutions involve recommendations of poles that are packable. See, for example, @Trailhiker's PHOTO ESSAY - PACKING CUBE BACKPACK (AERONAUT) thread:
    https://forums.tombihn.com/photos-vi...-aeronaut.html


    And there's a discussion in @eWalker's Inca Trail trek in Septembert thread about travel with trekking poles:
    https://forums.tombihn.com/packing-l...ptember-2.html

    He ordered the Black Diamonds that @Trailhiker used. See this post:
    https://forums.tombihn.com/packing-l...html#post91353

    HTH,

    moriond
    I have a pair of Leki Micro's that are very similar and the tips are even removable (I am loving these bungee type poles for travel), but I can't get a straight answer on whether they'd be allowed on a plane. I figured I'd remove the carbide tips, place them someplace else, and hope they let it pass. The whole inconsistency with airlines makes me very worried since I am hoping to avoid checking anything as I travel.

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