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Transporting charts in luggage

I'm getting ready to take a sailing mini-vacation and aquired several charts of the sailing grounds.

Since they are kind of big, I was wondering if anyone has any clever tricks for storing them in an airline-checked-luggage friendly manner.

For example, the largest is 42 inches long. Can I just fold it in half, re-roll it, stuff it back in a tube and put it in my suitcase? Any downside to that?
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You're much better off keeping them flat. Fold them in half and then keep them as a flat package. Rolled charts are a royal PITA when it comes to trying to read them later on.

Also, if the charts are paper, rather than the plastic that is used for some of the waterproof charts, don't fold them on the same crease over and over as this will damage the surface and cause the chart to be unreadable along the fold line.
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Don't put them in the suit case, if they loose your baggage your holidays are reuined.

Fold them in 1/3 bends, and carry them with you. or in half plus half

Mine are folden in half , then turned 90ş and folded once more.
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Good point... don't check them, put them in a carry on....
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Good point... don't check them, put them in a carry on....
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Thanks guys.

i hadn't considered the lost luggage disaster......

Folded and carried on it will be.

Thanks for fielding a rookie question!
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