Tent camping in national parks is amazing. Since most Nationals parks are far from our home and vacation days from work is limited, flying is best option us. I can tell you that packing camping gear for air traveling takes some creative thinking. Since most airlines charges you for checking in baggage, inventive packing abilities certainly is a must have. Gone are the days where each of us have one carry-on bag and two 50lb check- in bags.
September 4 – 9, Ron and I will be tent camping at the Grand Canyon National Park. US air had the best air tickets; however, they charge $25.00 for first bag checked-in each way. A second bag is $35 and a third is $100! Needless to say we’ll be checking in one bag.
I start out making a list of things I absolutely must have. I study that list and subtract even more items. Must have items include tent, 2 air mattress, sleeping bags and 2 pillows, Coffee pot, and hiking stove. Ideally we’d like to have lawn chairs too. Yes we have flown with lawn chairs. Three chairs as a matter of fact.