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Traveling soon. A couple of questions?

 
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Oct 29, 2010 20:21 |  #1

I'll be going to shoot a destination wedding soon. yyaayy!!!:D

Problem is I've never been traveling with my professional gear before.

I have check the airlines carry on size and weight. Sizewise, I'm good. But weight is the problem.

I'm going on Hawaiian Air. maximum weight 25 lbs. Some rolling cases alone already weighing between 9-11 lbs.
1. Do they strickly enforced the weight for the carry on?

They allow a personal item (such as laptop with bag or small backpack) in addition to the carry on bag. I'm thinking of distributing the gears between the carry on bag and laptop/small backpack for the weight problem.

2. Is there a bag that I can fit my 15" MBP and maybe a couple of lenses/accessories that would be acceptable to be in the personal item category?

I'm thinking of checking in my pelican 1610 with other unimportant items, including extra batteries, light stand, belt system, etc.

3. Is there a light stand that can fit inside the pelican 1610? I think it's about 21"

4. Would bringing the pelican attracts unwanted attention? "look at that case, it must contain expensive stuff inside"


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Oct 29, 2010 20:26 |  #2

Pack "unbreakable" stuff, like the light stand, in checked baggage if possible. And wear a photographer's vest which you load up with what gear you can to get it out of the bags when/if they weigh them. If you're worried about the Pelican's looks, get a cheap cloth-sided suitcase to put it in. The 1610's not a carry-on size.


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Oct 29, 2010 20:35 |  #3

I carry on my pelican 1510 and a camera backpack with my laptop and other camera equipment. They both weigh a lot. just be able to lift both into the overhead baggage by yourself without to much trouble. This should be the most valuable things. You can pack other things in your 1610 and lock it knowing that it is semi secure. (I don't trust anything in checked luggage is going to make it) Also what I have found that works if they want you to check your carry on bag just tell them the truth that you have your professional camera equipment and laptop in the bags and that its worth XXXX dollars. they don't want to be responsible for that and usually just say ok and let you through


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Oct 30, 2010 02:34 |  #4

Hawaiian Air is not always consistent. Are you headed to Oahu or another island. They might care more if you're on a flight between the islands.




  
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Oct 30, 2010 05:07 |  #5

When I really need a lot of gear on a trip I use FedEx with the gear shipped inside a hard case with even more protection between the hard case and the shipping box. This has been the easiest and surest way for me. I only travel on the mainland though, it could be expensive to HI.

If you do plan to carry your gear on the flight check the airline web site, they all list their carryon size/weight restrictions. And never, ever put any photo gear in checked baggage.


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Oct 30, 2010 11:41 |  #6

hk29 wrote in post #11192139 (external link)
Hawaiian Air is not always consistent. Are you headed to Oahu or another island. They might care more if you're on a flight between the islands.

The Wedding is going to be in Maui.
Right now I have 2 options.
1 fly straight to maui and stay there.
2 fly to honolulu and have a little vacation, then fly to maui for the wedding.

option 2 is cheaper if I use Hawaiian air to honolulu then Island air to maui.
But the problem is island air is only allowing 16 lbs for carry on.


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Oct 30, 2010 12:13 |  #7

On those small plane flights you can gate check the baggage when you are getting on the plane as its very hard to fit anything in the overhead on those things.


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Oct 30, 2010 19:32 |  #8

sas8888 wrote in post #11193583 (external link)
its very hard to fit anything in the overhead on those things.

Came in here to say this.

I just came back from Hawaii a few weeks back. When we flew inter-island, the planes were on the small side. I wasn't able to fit my Timbuk2 messenger bag in the overhead! It really was that small. The flight attendant told me that I would need to check it, and I told her that's not happening. I ended up shoving it under my seat. Just keep that in mind.

Oh...and option 2 is the better idea :) Honolulu is ok, and Waikiki is extremely touristy. There is a good amount of stuff to do in the area: Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay, etc. I'd recommend heading up to the North Shore too, but I guess it really depends what you want to see/do.


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Oct 31, 2010 07:17 |  #9

Been there, done that. Ditch the light stands and extra gear. Take your cameras and lenses in a a nice big bag that will get on the plane with you as carry on. You can get away with a UD50/60 and that's about it. There is a tendency with those little planes that some things get damaged, but you can decide what must go. If I were you, I'd take the 5D2, 7D, 70-200 2.8 IS VII, 24-70, 17-40, 2 primes, 2 flashes, 4 batteries, CF cards, filters and that's it! You don't need more and you can't negotiate more. Weigh everything and see what you get. Don't take any clothes in your carry on. With my own experience, I would take the 2 camera bodies, the 24-70 and 70-200 and one prime, one flash. If you are getting paid and you want to take everything, go ahead and pay the extra bring more, even if it's overweight. Insure everything.


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