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5 Fresh tips and tricks for shipping your luggage abroad

5 Fresh tips and tricks for shipping your luggage abroad

Whether you are a student looking to study abroad, or someone simply looking to start fresh somewhere completely new - shipping your luggage is likely to be something that you will need to look into doing ready for the big move. Luckily This is Fresh, have some tips on how to ship your luggage easily and efficiently.

Why ship your luggage? 

  • Ease. No dragging your heavy luggage through busy airports.
  • Reliability. Less chance of your luggage getting lost by airlines.
  • Stress free. No need to queue at baggage reclaim.
  • Transparent. No unexpected additional fees for overweight bags.
  • Cost effective. It is far more affordable than booking excess baggage on flights.
  • Convenience. Luggage gets picked up and dropped off by courier.
  • Security. Track your luggage’s journey as it makes its way to the destination.

It’s a no brainer really. Shipping luggage is a cheap, stress free and convenient way to transport your belongings from A to B. Wherever you are heading to set up your new life, you want to know that your stuff will get there with no dramas, so here are some FRESH tips on shipping your luggage abroad. 

Tip 1: Pack Effectively 

Lay out all the things you plan on taking with you and then cut down to the essentials. Anything that is a “just in case” item, put to one side. The last thing you want to do is overpack and any essentials that you have missed shouldn’t be a huge expense to purchase in your new country. 

There are also various techniques that can help you save space when packing, such as placing shoes at the bottom of boxes / cases, stuffing shoes with underwear and socks, and rolling clothing rather than folding it.

Tip 2: Suitcases or Boxes?

The best luggage bags for shipping must be sturdy and stable. This applies to both hard and soft cases. Suitcases are useful if you are wanting to keep your belongings more organised as they have different sections and compartments. These are particularly useful for clothing, shoes and cosmetic and personal products. When packing the suitcase you’ll also want to tuck in all of the straps and tape down any that can’t be tucked away. Finally, leave your suitcase unlocked in case customs needs to verify something in its contents. 

Boxes are a cheaper alternative to suitcases and are useful for fitting lots of items in. Items such as books, electronics and appliances, and utensils are more suitable for boxes as boxes have a bigger depth. You can, of course, also pack clothing, shoes and cosmetics into boxes if this is more suitable for you. When picking out your shipping boxes go for a double-walled box, and be sure to bubble wrap any of your fragile items. 

Tip 3: List all items

When you are packing, ensure that you make a list of everything you are bringing. This is usually a requirement of shipment companies, but it can also be a useful way to ensure that you don’t forget anything. 

Keep your list somewhere safe, ready for when it's time to pack up and return home. This will help you to ensure you don’t leave anything behind.

Tip 4: Pack Consciously 

What you decide to ship to your new home is down to you. However, there are rules about what you can and can’t ship. Your items will be deeply analysed and x-rayed during security checks, so to avoid any delays or cancellations in the shipment of your luggage, ensure you are clued up on what is and isn’t appropriate.

Prohibited items for most shipment companies include alcohol, aerosols, bleaches, acids, flammable liquids and lighters. 

Tip 5: Insurance

When you ship your luggage, shipping insurance is not mandatory. Most shipping companies will offer complimentary insurance of somewhere between £20 and £100 compensation if your luggage is lost/damaged. However, if your luggage is worth more than this amount - and it most likely will be - you should definitely consider taking out shipping insurance. It will be a small cost that will give you peace of mind when handing over all of your personal possessions.

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