This post is written by my nephew, Jeff, who flew out to Venice Beach, California, with his dad a few weeks ago.
Jeff brought his skateboard to Venice Beach and explains about preparing for the trip.
I gave him the reigns to post on the blog because it’s been ages since I’ve written on here and want to get this thing active again. Without further babbling, I introduce Jeff …
Hey guys! I’m Jeff. And get a load of this: I just made this wicked cool trip out to Cali for a week and a half with my dad. Dad had to work, and I got some time to hang around Venice Beach to do some skating. That place is wicked crazy! Before I write about the trip I said I’d write a few tips about traveling with a deck for my uncle’s blog.
Traveling by plane
I read this was pretty straightforward to take your deck by plane. Just bring your longboard or skateboard with you. However, if the gate agent won’t let you board with it, check it at the gate (it may be free or done at a reduced rate.)
It’s important to keep in mind that the lowest fare you find online may not be the cheapest overall, especially when it comes to hidden baggage fees. Before booking anything, look at the checked bag and carry-on policy so you don’t get socked with more than what you bargained for.
If you can take your skateboard as carry on, make sure you check that it fits weight restrictions and all measurements before you get near the plane.
If you can’t, pack it as checked-in luggage. Make sure you take the wheels and trucks off the longboard to avoid damage. You may want to wrap them in bubble wrap or your clothing to avoid damage.
That said, here’s what I did. I used Southwest, which gave me two checked bags that didn’t cost me anything.
Traveling by train
I’ve taken bikes by train before and it was sick, without costing me extra.
I took the wheels off and minimized it into a travel case and brought it with me. If you are traveling with your deck, you would not even need to take apart trucks, wheels, or bearings off the longboard.
Traveling by car
A small car is definitely not the way to travel if you are taking an extended trip with your buddies.
I’ve traveled this way 1 time before and it sucked. Three of us rode in a Pontiac Grand Prix for 1,000 miles, with our skateboards in the trunk and gear on one side of the backseat.
A van would have been the way to go.
Tips for traveling
There are a couple good bags out there that will fit a good longboard deck, including helmet, leather, clothes, and toiletries.
I’m a big fan on packing light and buying stuff on the road. Example, some people like to pack longboard bearings, wheels, and trucks in case theirs wear out. To me, it’s easier to purchase on the road.
I have read that some people tote skate stuff in golf bags, which don’t accrue oversize bag charges by an airline.
Travel with like minds. Not everybody wants to test out their new downhill longboard wheels on winding mountain road — some want to break out their skateboard at the park. Make sure you find a group of people with similar interests.
Also, make sure your crew-mates are OK with travel arrangements. Do you guys want to camp out, stay in motels, or 5-star resorts?
It’s helpful if you have a good leader for your trip who is willing to take responsibility — someone who maps out a general game plan. Granted, the game plan will change but it’s better to have a good idea where the trip is going and when things do need to be changed, you’ll have somebody who is decisive.
When the trip is over, you’ll have a lot of great stories to tell.