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Discussion: Softball bats on southwest airlines

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March 9, 2019
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Softball bats on southwest airlines
My sister is traveling to college this summer and we need to know how to put her bats so that we are able to take them on the plane. She has a boom bag softball backpack with the bat holders on the outside. We have heard that if you ziptie the bats to the bag that it works. We’ve also heard that you have to pack it into a shipping box.

Please let me know as I can’t find anything on the internet about how to pack the bats.
March 9, 2019
Men's 65
687 posts
Avoid any travel problems, just ship them USPS. Peace of mind for not many $$$.
March 9, 2019
Men's 70
458 posts
An old military style duffle bag will carry all the players gear. Just pack the first days uniform, glove, cleats in the suitcase just in case. Can always borrow bats if you have to.
March 9, 2019
Gorilla Boy
Men's 50
271 posts
Just to add my .02 cents. I would ship them UPS or Federal Express.. Too much hassle with traveling these days...

Mighty Mike Macenko
aka: Gorilla Boy!
March 9, 2019
283 posts
I have traveled with bats and golf clubs using Club Glove travel bag....also guys on our team have used their bat bags and tagged them with no long as you keep it 50 pounds or less it is only 35-40 dollars to bring it with you under the plane with regular luggage
March 9, 2019
283 posts
here is just an idea of some of the different types of bags...usually you can fit yours and a team mate or two into this type of bag....

March 9, 2019
Men's 60
178 posts
Most of our guys use Southwest when going to Vegas. We were told that they could not stick out of a back pack style bag where the bats are exposed. I use a full length bat bag where the bats are not exposed at all. I have had no problems at all, the same for the rest of our guys. The bats just need to be fully covered.
March 9, 2019
Omar Khayyam
1350 posts
I have flown to Las Vegas for years. I always use my regular full-length bat bag, make sure it is zipped closed, and check it as regular luggage. Have never had a question or a doubt. Passenger agents are used to it (I might be the 20th that day flying from my city), and on the plane it goes. Flying Southwest usually, where both my bat bag and my suitcase are checked for free. Never had anything stolen, although my bat bag's hooks got caught in something once and one of them twisted almost open.
March 9, 2019
Men's 70
29 posts
Just don't try to carry bats or golf clubs in the cabin, even if packaged up. Not allowed.
March 9, 2019
59 posts
You can take full lenght bat bag (roller bag), put the bats in the bat compartment of the roller bag, put all her gear also in that bag, put her backpack also in the roller bag so she can use it when she gets there, her uniforms and whatever ball related items and just check the bag in. Then use a regular backpack for for personal items and carry that onboard. Did this last year going to Sac town for a tourney, worked out great and Southwest you can check one bag for free(your roller bag) just a thought and no problems.
March 9, 2019
Wayne 37
Men's 65
773 posts
Just get those tubes from the USPS or Fed ex. Tape a luggage tag on them. Need more than one, tape the tubes together so it is one piece of luggage.
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