Packing Board Bag

JeffRSpicoli

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Just wondering if you guys add any extra protections when packing your boards?
-I have the Channel Island Triple board bag and am loading it up.
-advertised as a 3-4 boards bag, yeah right, 3 is a tight fit, forget 4 unless no added protection and will be a super tight squeeze.

Usually I add extra protection (board in a day bag or sock, some packing foam) this obviously limits space.

Generally do you just go ahead and trust that the travel bag will do its job?
 

LifeOnMars

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maybe some extra foam padding, not bubble wrap. put it between the boards. tshirts and trunks around the tail and nose. I would just get a bigger bag, need at least 4-5 boards maybe 6 or 7 if a long or trip with variety of waves. took 6 boards to the ments last year and rode every one.
 

Sharkbiscuit

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I use some foam and bubble wrap to protect certain areas. I do put fins, leashes, sun cure, sunscreen and toiletries, and a couple changes of clothes in the bag, but nothing like I used to where I'd load the boardbag up.
 

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Prolite rhino session two board bag: board(s), sock, and day bag. Tail section: sandals, dafins and rail sections beach towells.
 

JeffRSpicoli

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Thanks guys, I got 3 in there and trust they will arrive damage free, really want 4, but that might compromise some protection. Agree with Life on Mars, bigger board bag, but I have found that my short term decisions making on buying board bags never seems to correlate to long term usage.
-told my local that they should rent board bags, seems like an obvious income stream as they already have way to many sitting in the shop.
 

JeffRSpicoli

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I see people renting them on craigslist for ~$30 a week.
Thanks I checked craigslist I don't live in a very populated surf environment didn't find anything, bit the bullet and got the Creatures quad coffin with wheels, should easily be able to get 4 in there, as advertised, possibly 5.
 

santacruzin

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maybe some extra foam padding, not bubble wrap. put it between the boards. tshirts and trunks around the tail and nose. I would just get a bigger bag, need at least 4-5 boards maybe 6 or 7 if a long or trip with variety of waves. took 6 boards to the ments last year and rode every one.
6!!!! 6!!!!

what airline and how much did you pay? thanks!
 

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If you're traveling with anyone else a good plan is to swap a board with somebody. We got to Jakarta and there was a guy standing at the gate when we got off the plane with a sign with my name on it..uh oh, wtf? Turned out one of the board bags didn't make it. Got to the turnstile and it was like roulette waiting to see who's bag didn't make it. Turned out it was my buddy's. He surfed on other people's boards for a week out there, not the end of the world but still...they finally got his bag out there.
 
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JeffRSpicoli

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Well I got 4 boards comfortably in the new Creatures bag: daybags, some plumbing insulation on the new or most valued/fragile. Couple of boards are Rusty Torsion Spring, so trusting that construction and just board socks for them, plus some clothes/rash guards.

Hopefully my Covid test comes back negative and I am on my way Friday, "Trip Roulette" as I see it.
 

PeterDj

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I hate it when TSA opens your board bag and shuffles things around. Make sure to tape the foam around your boards. Don't make it too heavy because the baggage packers just chuck your bag and if it's too heavy they might screw up their throw and it gets packed crooked, then some other suit cases break your boards.
 

JeffRSpicoli

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I hate it when TSA opens your board bag and shuffles things around. Make sure to tape the foam around your boards. Don't make it too heavy because the baggage packers just chuck your bag and if it's too heavy they might screw up their throw and it gets packed crooked, then some other suit cases break your boards.
Agree on the TSA stuff, I just got approved for pre-check, so sick of taking my shoes off and getting date raped by TSA, maybe they will go lightly on rummaging through the board bag if there is some pre-check indicator.?

And shxt man I hear yeah on the "too heavy" my buddy just said the same thing, but I don't think I can get it any lighter than it is, unless that is if I remove some of the protection, crap! It's just a nut hair above 70lbs.
-new most sacred board is on the bottom but inside a CI sock and a padded FCS day bag with some added padding, maybe I will move it from the bottom to the middle.
-I've packed and repacked like a dozen times now, haaa...

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