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Offline holandlou

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moving from NJ to England
« on: October 18, 2016, 05:04:56 PM »
hey guys! hopefully my fiance visa gets approved and i hope to be moving within the next two months to the birmingham area from NJ. What is the best and cheapest way to move my things there it's mostly clothes and shoes? anyone have experience it wont all fit in one or two suitcases

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Re: moving from NJ to England
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2016, 05:11:39 PM »
hey guys! hopefully my fiance visa gets approved and i hope to be moving within the next two months to the birmingham area from NJ. What is the best and cheapest way to move my things there it's mostly clothes and shoes? anyone have experience it wont all fit in one or two suitcases

The cheapest way for that kind of stuff is just going to be to pay for an extra bag. You might find you need to slim down your wardrobe or bring stuff over with you after each time you visit. You will probably find that any other method (movers, UPS etc...) costs more than the items are worth!

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Re: moving from NJ to England
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2016, 07:04:58 PM »
Thank you I'll prob be flying United do you know how many extra bags your allowed?

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Re: moving from NJ to England
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2016, 07:10:26 PM »
Welcome :).

Thank you I'll prob be flying United do you know how many extra bags your allowed?

With United Economy, you get 1 free bag weighing up to 23kg /50lbs.

Any more bags and you have to pay for each one - I think it's $100 per bag. I don't think there's a specific limit on how many bags you can pay for - it will depend on how much space/weight they have on the plane.

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Re: moving from NJ to England
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2016, 08:37:15 PM »
I brought an extra bag with me when I moved in 2014 and have slowly been bringing things over since.  If your SO is travelling over to help you move, perhaps they can try not to bring over so much so that you can also use their bag?  Don't forget that most US-based carriers allow for 2 quite large (by European standards) carry-ons.
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Re: moving from NJ to England
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2016, 08:45:59 PM »
I brought an extra bag with me when I moved in 2014 and have slowly been bringing things over since.  If your SO is travelling over to help you move, perhaps they can try not to bring over so much so that you can also use their bag?  Don't forget that most US-based carriers allow for 2 quite large (by European standards) carry-ons.
Has this changed? My last flight I  was allowed 1 actual carryon and a personal item that would fit under the seat in front of me. That was American Airlines and British Airlines.
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Re: moving from NJ to England
« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2016, 08:52:24 PM »
With BA you get a carry on bag, a personal item and 1 checked bag.

If you have silver membership you get an extra checked bag. I can't remember the exact rules with United but think it's the same.

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Re: moving from NJ to England
« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2016, 09:07:12 PM »
Has this changed? My last flight I  was allowed 1 actual carryon and a personal item that would fit under the seat in front of me. That was American Airlines and British Airlines.

I think it is termed as a carry-on and a personal item.  I usually fly with my LL Bean backpack and a rolling carry-on that is typical US size (and is only slightly smaller than my checked suitcase).  Never had any problem on a US airline, though I do generally have to gate-check the rolling carry-on on my connecting flight.  Backpack goes under the seat in smaller planes.

When I flew last month, I flew Virgin and also had two carry-ons, though not my rolling one.  Again, had no issues.  YMMV but I have never been on an international flight where the larger carry-ons were not accepted.
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Re: moving from NJ to England
« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2016, 09:17:52 PM »
Has Anyone ever vacuumed packed their clothes in their suitcases?

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Re: moving from NJ to England
« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2016, 09:21:14 PM »
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Re: moving from NJ to England
« Reply #10 on: October 20, 2016, 10:47:16 PM »
Has Anyone ever vacuumed packed their clothes in their suitcases?
I didn't because removing the air from your clothes only changes the volume, not the weight. And weight is the all important thing. Haha.

I had one bag weighing in at 50 pounds and another in at 60 and they were really difficult to get around, even with a luggage cart.
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Re: moving from NJ to England
« Reply #11 on: October 21, 2016, 01:47:08 PM »
Has Anyone ever vacuumed packed their clothes in their suitcases?

I've slowly been collecting vacuum bags for my move.  When I traveled over last year they were awesome!  I am hoping to at least fit more in the boxes that I ship that way.
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Re: moving from NJ to England
« Reply #12 on: March 14, 2017, 10:31:19 PM »
hey guys! hopefully my fiance visa gets approved and i hope to be moving within the next two months to the birmingham area from NJ. What is the best and cheapest way to move my things there it's mostly clothes and shoes? anyone have experience it wont all fit in one or two suitcases

How has the process been for you? We're headed to the Warwick area in a few months from north Jersey.


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Re: moving from NJ to England
« Reply #13 on: April 03, 2017, 11:48:30 PM »
Extra bags are the way to go, and have people shuffle over what you leave behind when they visit or when you go back.  We moved a family of 6 so that wasn't an option, but I would avoid trying to take what you don't love with you as it will be cheaper and easier to replace after you settle in and see what you need.  Not to mention the fact that storage is at a premium in the UK, the wardrobes are nothing like US closets.

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