When flying to a hiking destination, I've been putting my backpack in a 'roller bag', checking it, then upon arrival at town next to trailhead,(when a rental car is not necessary) leaving roller bag at hotel (with travel clothing, etc)

I would like to know how others travel with their backpack, so I can just hit the trail and not worry about interim storage stops.  I'd prefer not to carry a duffel on my hike. Can I get the airline to 'shrink wrap' my pack?

Assume a 35lb pack, with poles, i.e. when I fly from VA to CA to hike the JMT.

thoughts?

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