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How to Pack Golf Clubs for Air Travel

author image Lola Steinbeck
Lola Steinbeck is a travel writer and editor based in Washington, D.C. She has spent three years living abroad in England and France, which inspired her love of travel. She graduated with a degree in French Language studies, and has been published both internationally and in the USA.
How to Pack Golf Clubs for Air Travel
You might not fully enjoy a golf getaway without your own clubs. Make sure they arrive safe and sound. Photo Credit flashfilm/Lifesize/Getty Images

When the fairways at your local course start to seem all too familiar, it may be time for a golf getaway. Picking the destination can be tough, but often the biggest challenge arises when it's time to fly with your clubs. As of the date of publication, Transportation Security Administration guidelines permit golfers to take two clubs on board with them as carry-on items. That's all fine and dandy -- if you can play a full 18 with only a 7-iron and a putter. For most players who rely on a full set, here are a few tips to ensure that your equipment completes the flight undamaged.

Step 1

How to Pack Golf Clubs for Air Travel
Choose the perfect travel bag based on your needs and your budget. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images

Decide whether to use a hard-shelled travel bag or a soft one. Opt for a hard shell if protection is your main concern. Choose a soft one, which is more lightweight, for easier storage and lower cost. If you are traveling for a week or more and plan to take several other pieces of luggage, spare yourself a backache by purchasing a bag with wheels.

Step 2

Position your golf bag -- with the clubs inside it -- in the travel bag. Leave head covers on the clubs.

Step 3

How to Pack Golf Clubs for Air Travel
Head covers help protect your clubs from in-flight damage. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images

Buffer your clubs from knocking against each other by surrounding them with rain gear, other clothing items or bubble wrap.

Step 4

Fill space between the golf bag and the travel bag with clean dry towels or additional clothing.

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