I was wondering if my backpack would be ok to send as luggage without any form of cover i.e just as it is?
I was thinking that the numerous straps might get caught or something.
Anyone had experience of damaged backpacks when they arrive at their destination?
I have never had a cover on my backpack and it has always been fine. Try and tuck in as many straps as you can, or make them as short as possible, but you should be fine. I think they may even go in a separate hold or something, as most of the time when I have checked my backpack in I have been asked to take it to a different bag drop off place.
I agree. Nothing to worry about. Tuck your straps in if you can, but if you can't it'll probably be fine. There's still a few airlines out there that will give you giant plastic bags to put your backpack in. If you get so lucky, take advantage of it.
bex has a point, a lot of airlines move backpacks to a different hold I believe. I have a pack that zips up the straps for me which is really good and neat.
But when it comes to OTher forms of transport in differing parts of the world I think the situation is different. If you are taking a bus in the tropics and your bag is on the roof during a downpour then theres a fair chance it will get pretty wet. Likewise in dusty dry places your bad can get seriously dirty, to the point of picking up bad smells and putting marks on everything you touch, including yourself.
I used to think those backpack covers were terrible, making you stand out a mile. But after many years of the above I bought a plain dull colored one, that's saved me much grief. I don't put it on all the time, but on buses and motorbikes I do. I never put it on for a plane. And I have it permanently attached to my bag in a pouch.
I would still never wear a bright glo in the dark neon cover with North Face logos on it, that basically say, Tourist Here!
I bought a black backpack holdall that also doubles up as a rain cover. It is great as you can just throw your backpack in it and zip it up (the zip also locks) and it just looks like a black holdall. If you use it as a rain cover you upzip some of the back and you can pull it tight so multi purpose.. great!
I got it off ebay and from memory it was only about £8 so not much at all.
I did this on Vietnam Airlines recently, and all arrived in good condition, but I did worry as you are. Several airports abroad offer a baggage wrapping service where they shrink wrap just about anything of this size. I noticed this in use at Hanoi Airport. If you have not purchased the pack yet, you might get one that stores the straps under cover.
When they say "tuck the straps in" what does that mean???
i'm clearly new to this so i have no idea what they mean... like tuck them in the bag? or what?
can someone please explain this to me
my backpack has a sort of secret compartment at the bottom, where it stores a cover - you pull it out and zip it over the straps and the backpack part. it also has a strap on the side, so you can carry it like a duffel bag. i never use this, but it does seem useful.