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Old 08-12-2018, 06:02 PM
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I've typically done road trips with my EP onroad gear, but looking at doing a few trips via air in the upcoming months. Piling up the car is dead easy.

Wanting to avoid making the biggest mistakes, I'm looking for your best tips for preparing and packing for interstate events.

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Ditch the heavy stuff... pretty obvious, but if you want to avoid excess baggage, then you need to be light.

Be ruthless with what you take. What do you really 'need', and what is nice to have that you would be able to beg/borrow/steal/purchase at the event? Do you really need that extra soldering iron? all those spares? That pit light? All the spare springs you haven't used in 3years?
Personally, I get quite ruthless, and take a lot of my 'tuneables' out and leave them behind. When getting really tight, have even gone as far a limiting the number of spare screws I'll take! Also no need to travel with tyres or goop to controlled events

There are some other tricks.. like putting bodyshells in the check in-bag, and carrying on a car with heavy bits in it. I also always carryon my radio, which has the batteries in it (batteries need to go in carry on btw).

Just doing that.. I've managed to travel within weights limits, with two tourers and a 12th...
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There are some other tricks.. like putting bodyshells in the check in-bag, and carrying on a car with heavy bits in it. I also always carryon my radio, which has the batteries in it (batteries need to go in carry on btw).
What's the best way to stop body shells getting crushed?
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What's the best way to stop body shells getting crushed?
Most of us stack the bodies in a box or bag. Those that have been around a few years still have the Roche bags or even the new Rush RC ones.
Remove the wings from the bodies. And if they are airbrushed, Place glad wrap between each body to stop them getting scratched.
I have seen some carry them on the plane in a clear plastic bag they came in.

I use to travel vel with my chargers in carry on. It was the single heaviest thing. Use to save 3kg in the checked bag.

Some people travel with their team magic pit bag. Pack everything inside then glad wrap around it to stop everything failing out just in case.
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One tip: if it's a big event and you know you're going well in advance, you can post gear to a friend you know.

It's worth keeping in mind that you will have extra gear when you leave that you didn't have to begin with. Half used control tyres, a trophy. Always save room for the trophy.
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Always save room for the trophy.
I find I can store my participation medal in my wallet. Right next to the credit card that bought it
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I recall flying to Qld for the on-road nats a number of years ago, and we were able to avoid excess baggage charges by advising the airline at check-in the case contained "sporting gear" (well, that was sort of true). Unsure if that's a thing these days, but worth checking with your airline.

Obvs lipo's will need to go carry-on, also check with your airline regarding the capacity as there are limits to the battery capacity you can carry in some places (it's actually the Watt Hrs they're interested in) - though my laptop and phone powerbanks (around 45,000mAh total, each under 100 watt hours) have never been an issue internationally or domestically here or the USA. Worth being aware of so there aren't any surprises. https://www.casa.gov.au/standard-pag...fely-batteries (note the bad battery examples are all RC car batteries! )
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I recall flying to Qld for the on-road nats a number of years ago, and we were able to avoid excess baggage charges by advising the airline at check-in the case contained "sporting gear" (well, that was sort of true). Unsure if that's a thing these days, but worth checking with your airline.

Obvs lipo's will need to go carry-on, also check with your airline regarding the capacity as there are limits to the battery capacity you can carry in some places (it's actually the Watt Hrs they're interested in) - though my laptop and phone powerbanks (around 45,000mAh total, each under 100 watt hours) have never been an issue internationally or domestically here or the USA. Worth being aware of so there aren't any surprises. https://www.casa.gov.au/standard-pag...fely-batteries (note the bad battery examples are all RC car batteries! )
Thanks. My car batteries are <50WH, so hopefully no issue there. Was thinking of putting them in the lipo bag and putting that in my laptop bag. Will do a practice pack this week in readiness for Friday
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Just a note on the F8 bags; mine didn't travel very well, the internal plastic walls esp. the top one where the extendable arm attached broke into many pieces. Although it could've been that mine was one of the first F8 bags to be released, so they might be more durable in later iterations (I bought mine in 2005)

I will definitely be doing a practice pack before the Nats and probably paying for an extra bag or checking out the sport equipment loophole just in case.
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The old school Hobao pit bags seem to hold up really well to travelling / airlines etc. Both of mine have been tanks, even been used instead of a normal suitcase for some Bali trips

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