So you’re going abroad and want to know if you can take your sports equipment with you. Perhaps you’re competing in a championship, or you’re exploring a new city and want to use your wheels to get around. Either way, people take this kind of equipment on aircrafts every day, and it’s actually easier than you might think.
Traveling anywhere should be an exciting adventure, so don’t allow your experience to be ruined because you’re worrying about your valuable sports equipment. As long as you’re well prepared, there’s no reason why your trip shouldn’t run smoothly.
Here are some examples of sports equipment you can travel with, and a few tips to help you get organized.
Hockey sticks are one of the most challenging sporting items to travel with, purely because they’re so awkward to carry. However, if you have a professional hockey stick bag, carting them around will be a lot easier.
Most airlines are fine with you taking sports equipment with you when you travel, though items usually have to be checked in as additional baggage. If you don’t have a protective bag for your sticks, duct taping them together and wrapping them in bubble wrap is a nifty trick to try. Just make sure you ask for a ‘fragile’ label at the airport and keep them well protected to avoid them getting damaged.
As long as your scooter isn’t battery powered, you should be able to check it in as baggage. Foldable models are ideal for travel, but you may still need to take the handlebars off or disassemble it completely. Be sure to package your scooter in a soft bag and make sure its weight doesn’t exceed the restrictions set by the airline.
The UK brand Elite Scooters designs and manufactures scooter parts intended for pros that are perfectly optimized for travel. To lighten your load, consider investing in some high-end equipment that is lightweight and easy to carry, but still has the strength and weight benefits of a professional model.
Most airlines will allow you to check your bike in as baggage, but they will need to be dissembled and stored in a bike travel bag before you get to the airport. If you’re not sure how to do this, call the store or manufacturer you bought your bike from and ask them. The airline may also ask you to deflate your tires, so they don’t overinflate with the air pressure of the plane.
Sky Scanner recently published a list of airline requirements and fees for bicycle travel that you may find useful, though be sure to contact your airline directly if you have any concerns.
Be sure to wrap all the delicate parts of your sports equipment in bubble wrap before you travel, as baggage attendants can be pretty rough with your belongings. It’s also a good idea to take out insurance if you’re taking your valuable sports items overseas, as you never know what might happen.
Traveling with sports equipment doesn’t need to be a stressful experience. With a bit of planning and preparation, and as long as you’re familiar with your airline’s baggage policy, it will be a breeze.