Shipping Clothes to avoid baggage

Old Jul 10th, 2010, 10:55 AM
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Shipping Clothes to avoid baggage

Has anyone ever shipped clothes to Europe so you could just take a carryon bag? This way you would avoid dealing with check-in, claiming (or finding it didn't make the plane!!), and also having to pay extra for your bag, not to mention just lugging it around. Just wondering if it would be worth it!!
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Old Jul 10th, 2010, 07:13 PM
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It is very expensive and may involve extra paperwork for Customs. You can use Google and find some sites to get information and rates. Figure at least $200 for a suitcase. Also, you need someone to accept it at the destination, or you might have to go pick it up. My husband has asked me this same question, as he hates dealing with baggage. We usually carryon a small rollie each, plus tote or bookbag.
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Old Jul 10th, 2010, 08:31 PM
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I can't imagine that it would be worth it if you're just going from home to your destination. For most airlines, an international flight gets to check one bag free. You only have to deal with the bag between the car and the counter, and from the carousel to your destination. I've never found it a hassle to roll a single bag along behind me. You would have about the same risk of your bag not getting there if you shipped it as if it went on the plane with you.

Honestly if it bothered me to check a bag then I'd just go carry on only and be done with it. I have a fun new bag that can fit a TON of stuff in it and still be carry on size (ebags Motherlode convertible backpack).

Sorry but I just can't imagine that shipping a bag would be anything less than an expensive headache.
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Old Jul 11th, 2010, 02:33 PM
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It would cost an absolute fortune.

But "<i> . . . so you could just take a carryon bag? </i>"

I go to Europe pretty frequently and only ever use carry-on. I never check baggage (except for once in a while on small commuter planes)

It isn't hard, and if you are traveling any by train or bus you will be thrilled that you aren't schlepping huge bags.
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That wouldn't be a good a idea... what i try to do is take a carryon and a bagpack. That way you have 2 carry ons which should be more than enough, two pairs of shoes, a few jeans and shorts, a bunch of shirts, and a little extra room for stuff that you buy.. hope that helps
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