We get asked constantly about travel bags and cabin bags. We thought about the possibility designing our own Sportquest Holiday fishing travel bag.
However we wanted to ask YOU for your comments.
What is the best existing travel bags?
Whats good and bad about them?
What would you like to see in a travel bag?
The question is simple if you were looking for a new travel bag to handle all your fishing holiday tackle and clothes what would you recommend?
There are so many attributes a good bag needs for the fishing traveller. Things we all have to take into consideration these days are as follows:
1 The Weight of bag when it’s empty?
This is an easy one to answer, it needs to be as light as possible because we all like to take as much fishing tackle as we can. The baggage weight restrictions on international flights is never a problem, but when you have to take an internal flight to get to some of the more remote destinations the allowances drop dramatically. The bag also needs to be really strong to handle all the abuse given by baggage handlers at airports, plus it needs to give some sort of protection to delicate fishing items and this added strength starts to makes the bag heavy.
2 Soft or hard case?
Yet again there are advantages for both, hard cases will do a better job of protecting your delicate equipment however again as I tend to find with my job having to explore very remote destinations, often there is a restriction that only soft bags are allowed so they can be squeezed and moulded into tight cargo holds on small planes.
What is the best material for travel bags to be made from? It needs to be light, extremely strong and with some degree of waterproofing. It also needs be able to withstand all the rubbing & wear and tear from luggage belts that seem to love ripping out the bottom of bags.
4 Fly rods. Do you check them in inside your bags or as carry on?
Another dilemma that has us anglers biting away at our nails at the luggage belt waiting to see if our luggage turns up in one piece. I really don’t want to have to carry my rods around with me at the airport and on the planes, I prefer to I use travel multi-joint fly rods to have my rods in fly rod tubes packed securely inside my bag, so the bag needs to be long enough to take these standard rod tubes.
5 Roller or carry on?
My last 3 travel bags have all had wheels or rollers as it helps especially when having to transfer between planes and terminals. Lugging 20 kilos on my back around airports along with camera bags and hand luggage is not my idea of fun. However it is quite often the rollers that get smashed or worse caught up ripping the bottom of the bag in the process.
I have tested a full range of travel bags over the years from low-cost budget bags to the very expensive luxury models, but I am still yet to find a travel bag that will last me more than one season. (I do travel lots each year running a fishing holiday business) which probably makes me a tackle manufactures worst nightmare.
I would love to hear your views and recommendations, do not be shy, comment below and also share to as many people as possible. The more peoples experiences we receive the better. You never know between us all we may end up designing the best travel bag ever to be put into production.
Please feel free to recommend any make or model based on actual experience and post your comments in the comment box at the bottom of this page.