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Offline nwkh

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Best Small Shipping Options?
« on: January 31, 2018, 11:47:05 PM »
So we are down to the wire!! Flying in a week and a half and we are packing like crazy. Here are the questions...

1. What is the best (ie cheapest but trackable) way to get over a small package, think the size of a few books? Its papers and legal docs we need but are just to heavy?

2. Whats the best way to get over the cloths that just will not fit? (I have looked into UPakWe Ship's per box shipping but wondering if there are better options?)

Thanks in advance,

NWKH
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Re: Best Small Shipping Options?
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2018, 11:52:08 PM »
So we are down to the wire!! Flying in a week and a half and we are packing like crazy. Here are the questions...

1. What is the best (ie cheapest but trackable) way to get over a small package, think the size of a few books? Its papers and legal docs we need but are just to heavy?

2. Whats the best way to get over the cloths that just will not fit? (I have looked into UPakWe Ship's per box shipping but wondering if there are better options?)

Thanks in advance,

NWKH

1- For important papers, my first choice would be hand luggage and if that doesn’t work for you, I would bite the bullet price wise and go with UPS or Fedex.

2- I would look into paying for excess baggage, that often works out cheapest.
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Re: Best Small Shipping Options?
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2018, 12:03:52 AM »
1- For important papers, may first choice would be hand luggage and if that doesn’t work for you, I would bite the bullet price wise and go with UPS or Fedex.

2- I would look into paying for excess baggage, that often works out cheapest.

Larrabee - yea may just have to bite the bullet on the papers and have the family UPS once we get situated. We have done the math and are paying for extra luggage as you suggest. Not gonna be an easy trip, 6 check bags, one carry on, a dog and two stressed out Yankee expats.
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Re: Best Small Shipping Options?
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2018, 12:07:19 AM »
Larrabee - yea may just have to bite the bullet on the papers and have the family UPS once we get situated. We have done the math and are paying for extra luggage as you suggest. Not gonna be an easy trip, 6 check bags, one carry on, a dog and two stressed out Yankee expats.

I hear you! We had 2 cats and I can’t even remember how many pieces of luggage, we had to use 2 taxis to get home from the airport!  ;D
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Re: Best Small Shipping Options?
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2018, 09:56:41 AM »
Papers (and anything precious) go in the carry-on, not stowed luggage.... Bags do get lost, but if it's in the cabin with you it's sure to get there.  We had two carry-ons and four of the largest-allowable bags, and shipped the rest as slow cargo, but were able to manage just fine for the few months it took before our stuff arrived via the Panama Canal!  You won't need as many clothes as you think you need. Do bring sensible shoes with you in your luggage.  ;D

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Re: Best Small Shipping Options?
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2018, 04:22:23 PM »
I hear you! We had 2 cats and I can’t even remember how many pieces of luggage, we had to use 2 taxis to get home from the airport!  ;D

That's impressive!

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Re: Best Small Shipping Options?
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2018, 04:24:19 PM »
You won't need as many clothes as you think you need.


This.  I have a 30" clothes rail in a wardrobe for hanging space.  And three drawers (half the dresser).

I do have a bag of "holiday clothes" in the garage.

The end.

I get by just fine.  :)

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Re: Best Small Shipping Options?
« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2018, 05:01:08 PM »
That's impressive!

It was a circus!  ;D
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Re: Best Small Shipping Options?
« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2018, 02:06:48 PM »
Sendmybag is pretty good for sending clothes/books, depending on the size and weight it could end up being cheaper than excess baggage.  But I agree, anything important goes in your carry on.
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