Carry on durable enough as checked luggage?
Posted 09 July 2013 - 04:47 AM
Posted 09 July 2013 - 04:54 AM
I use an American Tourister roller (this one is 4 lbs) and I pack my lenses in padded cases. My bodies are in my photo vest. Other stuff like my dive computer, speedlights are also in padded cases then I use day clothing to add extra padding to take away slack and lose areas in the roller. I do it this way specifically in case the bag gets gate checked. And if it gets gate checked it generally is on top somewhere and doesn't have a pile of other luggage resting on top of it. Even with carry on luggage I want it to look "normal". It's also not a HUGE borderline roller, but a standard one that most would use on an overnight trip so as to not bring attention to it and its weight. I've done it this way for years and have had it gate checked a couple of times. No issues.
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