Airlines have strict rules about how much baggage you can take before they start charging for excess, and those charges can be hefty. Thankfully, that isn’t your only option. You can save money and spare yourself hauling that hefty extra luggage if you use international excess baggage shipping.
Before you travel, read your airline’s rules about baggage carefully. Weigh and measure your luggage so you know in advance if you have more than allowed. The time to ask ‘what happens if I exceed my baggage allowance’ is before you travel. No one wants to be stuck at the airport asking, ‘how do I transport extra luggage?’.
When you know in advance that you’ll have more luggage than allowed, you can contact international shipping companies and gather quotes for cheap excess baggage shipping. When you are getting quotes, be sure to ask exactly what is included and what your options are. Your unaccompanied baggage can be sent by air, land or sea depending on your destination, budget and how quickly you need it.
How to Pack International Excess Baggage for Shipping
How you pack your excess baggage depends on what you are shipping. If it is clothing, bedding, towels and the like, you can simply put it in a suitcase. But you can ship many other things such as dishes, pots and pans, books, toys, etc. You can also use boxes to pack these. Make sure they are sturdy, clean boxes. Avoid getting free used ones from food stores as they might have bits of food in them, and even tiny amounts can rot and mould in transit.
Remember, fragile items should be packed carefully with plenty of padding. You can use your towels or bedding as padding. That saves you some money on buying packing materials, and it’s also an eco-friendly option.
You’ll need to keep track of what is in your shipping, both to make unpacking easier and for customs. If you’re using cardboard boxes, you can write the contents of each on the outside. You can also keep a written list while you are packing.
Is My Unaccompanied Baggage Safe?
When you choose an experienced, reputable shipping company such as Spratt Personal Transport, your items are very safe. We can collect them from your door and deliver them right to your new home. Our Dublin warehouse is secure with 24-hour CCTV. As soon as we weigh and measure your shipment, we wrap it in ultra-strong shrink wrap.
It might feel worrying to send your baggage unaccompanied, but realistically it has a greater chance of going missing if it flies with you, especially if you have to change planes along the way.
When you need cheap excess baggage shipping, we’re here to help. We have experience shipping personal items around the world. Contact us today. Our staff is ready to answer any questions you may have.