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Traveling With Your Hiking Gear on an Airline

Traveling With Your Hiking Gear on an Airline

When people come to visit the national parks, they often go through Kanab. So how do you know what to do to fly with your hiking gear? What can you bring with you, and what can’t you? The last thing you want to happen is to fly to southern Utah only to have your hiking gear confiscated or worse. So here are some tips we’ve complied and the TSA regulations to ensure that if you fly to Kanab to go hiking, you’ll have all of your gear fly through customs and you’ll be on your way in no time.

Kanab, Utah: A Western Classic, settled 1870

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It is important to follow government’s policies on airline travel to gear you up completely during your hiking experience.

There is a widespread change in airline policies and regulations that may vary from one place to another. It is difficult to identify which hiking gear is allowed as checked in luggage or carry on and what are permitted on airlines. There are minimum requirements that are set by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), nonetheless airlines have their own policies which sometimes become complicated. Before you fly for your ultimate hiking destination, make sure to check with your airlines.

TSA Regulations as of May 2012:

  • Hiking poles are permitted to be checked in only, but in no means as carry on.
  • Regardless of size, aerosol insecticides are not allowed either as carry on or checked in.
  • Animal repellant is a difficult issue. If it weighs less than four ounces and holds active CS or CN ingredient of 2% can be checked. Basically, most products do not adhere to this requirement, thus it would be advisable to buy the product upon arrival.
  • Tools and pointed objects such as knives, shovels, ice picks or ice axes are always subjected to checked luggage.
  • Stoves are permitted as carry on or subjected for check in considering that they are cleaned and empty so that there is no residue or vapors left. Moreover, propane and butane mix are not allowed.
  • Fuel is not allowed at any times such as Esbit tablet and sterno cans. Likewise, lighter fluid is not permitted along with torch lighters. This may cause a blue flame of high intensity and can resist wind.
  • A box or book of safety matches is allowed to passengers as simply carry on. Waterproof matches and strike anywhere matches, nevertheless, is never allowed either as carry on or check luggage.

Check out the TSA webpage for updated information on proscribed items and other details pertaining to camping. We look forward to seeing you on your way to the national parks or Lake Powell. There is so much to do that you don’t want to miss out.