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Discussion: getting bat bag to tournaments

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Sept. 17

42 posts
My team will leave for Las Vegas next Sunday. This is my 3rd trip to Vegas and we went to Phoenix several years ago. A couple of times my bat bag went with a group who were traveling by car. Other times I have taken a large bag that I can cris-cross my bats inside. Then I roll up my bat bag and duct tape it into a ball and put it also in the large bag that will be checked at the airport. I also put all other equipment that I normally use in that checked bag as well. I carry my glove, uniforms and other stuff in my carry on. I ask this because I would like to just check the bat bag, with all contents, in as a checked bag and let it go that way. I am reluctant to do that because I have heard that some bats have been stolen, lost or misplaced during the trip. I would hate to get to Vegas and have to borrow a bat. Have any of you who check your bat bag ever had a bat lost during the trip to a tournament? Maybe I am being too cautious, but losing my bat or bats could ruin my whole tournament. When one pays $600 for a set of bats it is pretty expensive to see them disappear at an airport. Any feedback or suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
Sept. 17
Nancy Allen
Men's 55
1438 posts
We never had one taken or damaged in many trips as a team. I know that I always wrapped Coachie's bats in towels just for an extra protection. If there is anything detachable on the bag, I would take it off and put it inside the bag.
Sept. 17
Men's 40
7 posts
Have traveled to Vegas many times from SF Bay Area with no issues checking bat bag. Like you though, I always carry uniform and glove in a carry-on bag. Bats are easy to borrow if something happens, but gloves not so much
Sept. 17
Men's 60
345 posts
Same here, never an issue with checked bags (once of the reason I almost ALWAYS use Southwest so I don't have to pay for the bag). Some teammates have done the "bats in the big bag" as you have and then stuff their other game gear and uni's in the backpack as a carry-on.
Sept. 18
Men's 65
81 posts
I use TSA-approved locks to secure my bat bag. It's all in the zipper if you want to use a lock. Been doing this for about 7+ years now. Works for me and I usually bring at least 4 bats.
Sept. 18
Men's 70
30 posts
I found an oversized golf bag cover (soft), padded all around with handle and wheels. My entire roller b at bag easily fits with extra room for equipment or clothing items. Keep it below 50 Lbs.
Sept. 18
Men's 70
907 posts
I use a duffel bag with a TSA friendly lock. My Combat upright roller bag fits nicely. Only negative is the duffel has no wheels! I don’t put the bat bag into the duffel until I get ready to check in.
Sept. 18
Men's 60
414 posts
I've flown to more tourneys than I can count all over the USA, ever direction, probably 15 states, maybe more, and including Vegas.

I have never had a problem with my bat bags. (loaded with "the works"

I will tell you there have been times where I've boarded a plane and looked out the window and watched airport "teams" load luggage into the plane, and have been "nervous" watching bat bags and golf bags getting thrown around like old pillows, but fortunately none of MY stuff has ever been damaged or stolen.
Sept. 18

92 posts
@phantom...depends what kind of bats...if you have a bunch of really good bats....what's your Airline and Flight Number????? will be fine!!!
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