Can I take a walking pole on a plane?

When you go on a vacation, the goal of the vacation is to explore an area that you are unfamiliar with in order to get an experience that you cannot get if you were still at home. While there are no doubt various landmarks and restaurants around wherever you travel, there is no better way to enjoy a new location than to take a hike or trek across its landscape.

No outdoors is the same. There are different sights (plants, animals, trees), different smells, different sounds and different landscapes. Trekking across the outdoors in a new location is easily one of the best ways to enjoy a trip, as the experiences you have will be the type that last with you, and when you finally get home you will feel as though you had a true vacation.

Should you decide that you are going to hike or trek across the outdoors during your vacation, you will no doubt want to bring your hiking pole with you. You no doubt purchased the hiking pole for that specific reason – to hike across tough landscapes as you explore and envelope yourself in the outdoors. However, before you can bring a walking or hiking pole to the destination, you need to be able to take it on the plane with you.

Are Hiking Poles Allowed on Planes?

One of the main benefits of hiking poles are the sharp points on the bottom that are able to grind themselves in the ground for traction. Since September 11th, 2001, anything with sharp points that can be used as a weapon has been deemed illegal to carry on airplanes, and hiking poles are not an exception. Despite their harmless use, the sharp point on hiking poles can be used as a weapon, and the long shaft only adds to the appearance of illegality.

Hiking poles, walking poles and trekking poles are all not allowed to be in the carryon luggage when you go on a plane. The only exception is if you have a medical reason to carry the pole, and you need it to walk wherever you go.

How to Take Hiking Poles on Planes

If you want to take your hiking pole with you, you must check it with your luggage. There is risk to this – as the pole itself may not be able to withstand the weight of travel. Take apart your pole if possible, placing each piece in a separate area so that they are not banging together. Also, try to add protection to the tip so that it neither rips your luggage nor breaks when slammed against something hard. Make sure your luggage can fit all the pieces easily as well so that rough travel does not bend the poles. As long as you are willing to check it with the rest of your luggage and prepare it for travel, carrying it with you should be simple provided you do not carry it with you as your carryon luggage.