Tips for Traveling with Inline Skates
By Kevin Larive
Traveling with your Inline Skates may seem easy but there are a few challenges. For one, I don’t know about you, but I personally would not want to check them at the luggage counter. My inline skates are a prized possession as I get lots of use out of them (if I’m willing to travel with them, it should say a lot) and I would hate to get to baggage claim at my destination and find they have gone missing.
There are a couple of options you can take when traveling with your skates. First off, you could pack them in your suitcase, although a small problem arises as you would have to check the suitcase and that leads to you fearing you may not see your skates again. On second thought, scratch that one that is a bad tip.
Now that we have let fear and paranoia set in, here is your only real option (in three parts). Most airlines allow you to carry on one item so long as it fits in the overhead bin or under the seat in front of you. If you are going on a short trip this would totally work if you are using a small rolling carry on as your skates, pads, clothes and toiletry will fit in the rolling bag.
If you are going on a long trip you simply pack your clothes and toiletries in a suitcase and check it. With your skates you can go one of two ways. You will for sure be using your one allotted carry on for bringing your skates. You can go and use a small rolling carry on and you can easily fit your skates, pads and any other small items you might want to keep you entertained while on the flight.
You can also use your skate bag as a carry on as again most skate bags are small enough to fit in the overhead bin or under your seat all while being big enough to store your skates, pads and any in-flight entertainment you desire.
If you are traveling for an event or race and our planning on bringing two pairs of skates that still shouldn’t be an issue. Simply use one of the two options listed above for one pair of skates and for the other pair you can put them on the handle of your rolling bag or around the shoulder strap and transport them that way. You are sure to get a conversation or two going with fellow travelers when they see the second pair of skates out in the open.