August 27, 2011

August 27, 2011
5 Tips for Shipping Your Luggage

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Saturday and I hope you had a safe and great week. Dab the AIDS Bear and I are enjoying a rare down weekend as we continue to get over a rough patch in the road.

As you know from reading this blog, we are on the road a lot. When you fly doing what we do you end up having a lot of luggage. One way to cut down on what we have to take to the airport, we send a lot of things to the location before we get there which saves a ton of money.

But do you know how to send stuff ahead of you and do it correctly?

5 Tips for Shipping Your Luggage

As airlines continue to add checked luggage fees, the demand for shipping luggage continues to grow an option I definitely support. It can be cheaper and you can insure and track your shipments. However, few travelers read the fine print, which can lead to delays and unnecessary hassles:

1. Get the Details

When shipping luggage to a hotel or company, confirm the shipping address; it may be different than the public address on their website. When calling the hotel, also confirm that they accept luggage, ask whether it will be kept a secure place, and whether you will have to pay a fee for the hotel to receive the bags.

2. Pack it Right

Although technically, you can throw a computer into a box, ship it and hope for the best, you probably won't be covered should something go wrong.

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The bottom line is if the item is not properly packed, it may not be insured for damage. But there is help. For example, the UPS Store offers the Pack & Ship Promise: If a participating location packs and ships your items via UPS and there is any loss or damage in transit, you will be reimbursed. If you are not sure whether you have properly packed your items, ask. FedEx, for example, even has boxes specially designed to protect electronics such as a laptop or mobile phone.

3. Guarantees Come with a Caveat

Although shipping companies may offer money back guarantees on packages that arrive late, ask what exactly is covered. The guarantee refers to the shipping charges and not necessarily the full price. This means that you could only get back 85 percent of what you paid.

4. Watch the Fine Print

Some destinations are harder to ship to than others, and people often make mistakes when filling out international documentation.

If the shipment has incorrect documentation or is missing customs forms, your luggage can be delayed or you may be nailed with high customs fees. Dedicated luggage shipping services will often do that work for you, but regardless, confirm with the shipping company if the paperwork is filled out completely and correctly.

5. Watch When You Ship

December is one of the busiest months for shipping companies, so make sure that you give your shipment enough time to get to your destination. FedEx advises shipping before December 17 if you choose the FedEx Ground option. FedEx Express air service can go as late as December 23, but I do not recommend risking it.

And here is a tip: pack your luggage in as small boxes as possible; large items are usually the first to be dumped if there is not enough space.

Hope these tips help you. It has definitely made our life easier when doing events.

Hope you have a great weekend! Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab