Unless you’re lucky enough to have some great slopes on your doorstep, there’s a good chance you’ll need to take your snowboard on a plane at some point.
Leaving your beloved board in the hands of famously heavy-handed airport staff can be pretty daunting, but there is a right way to do it.
In the following guide, we’ll show you how to pack a snowboard bag for a plane journey.
How To Pack Snowboard For Plane
To make sure your snowboard is properly protected on the plane, follow the steps below:
Step One: Ask the Airline
Airlines have their own rules when it comes to items like skis, snowboards, and protective gear.
The first step, therefore, is to check the airline’s policies and make sure you know where you stand.
What are their policies for ski and snowboard equipment? Can you carry a snowboard as checked luggage?
Will there be any additional fees for oversized luggage?
You’ll likely need to measure your bag and board to determine if it can be checked or not.
Step Two: Buy a Snowboard Bag
Ski and snowboard bags can be used to store and protect your snowboard.
It’ll provide a high level of protection while also making it easy to transport.
You can find ski and snowboard bags on Amazon and from most snowboard equipment suppliers, including Burton.
Step Three: Protect Your Gear
Don’t stop with the bag.
A good snowboard bag will provide most of the protection that you need, but it’s best to add some additional padding just in case.
Include sweaters, towels, and other padding. Just make sure you don’t exceed the size limits.
You can also include “Fragile” stickers, although it’s debatable whether these work or not.
How Much Is it to Bring a Snowboard On a Plane?
It depends on the airline and the weight.
Typically, you may be asked to pay between $30 and $50, but this is something that you will need to confirm with the airline.
Can I Bring Snowboard On Plane As A Carry On?
In most cases, your snowboard needs to be checked. It’s too big and bulky to carry onto the plane.
Can You Wear Snowboard Boots On A Plane?
You should be okay to wear snowboard boots on a plane.
However, you’ll need to remove them at security so that you can pass through the scanners.
You can put them back on again, of course, but it’s a bit of a hassle.
We also recommend taking a change of shoes in your luggage just in case you are asked to change.
Alternatively, look into purchasing a snowboard boot bag.
It’s an easy way to transport your boots and will ensure they are protected when transported as checked luggage or carry on.
How To Pack Snowboard Boots For A Plane Ride?
If boot bags are out of the question, you can pack your snowboard boots into your luggage.
Place them in the corner and wrap them in towels or even a snowboard jacket to protect them.