Traveling with your gear

North Face Base Camp DuffelHow do Hiking Lady readers transport their backpacks and gear on international hiking adventures? I’ve received a lot of questions about this, and it seems that there are a lot of options for taking your backpacks and gear with you, including the very popular (and durable) North Face Base Camp duffel shown in the picture. Also see this Hiking Lady article about the Base Camp Duffel.

If a Himalayan Trek or journey to Patagonia is in your near future, check out these tips:

  • Get a large duffel to protect your backpack. You don’t want to arrive with a broken hip belt or torn backpack.
  • Consider the quality of the luggage you buy to transport your gear. Checking your gear onto an airplane requires more durable materials than simply tossing your gear in your car for a local hiking or camping trip.
  • Get a lock! Some bags have built in locks, others need to be bought separately. A small lock is a nice deterrent to would be thieves, but that doesn’t mean you should leave your gear unattended.

What have you found to be best for your international trips? If you have suggestions please comment below!

Happy trails and have a safe and fun summer!

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