I’ve always despised carry on travelers; that annoying group of people who manage to pack everything for their whole trip into their carry on bag, and claim you can do it too.
They never need to check a bag meaning they make the quickest of exits from planes and airports, and breeze past everybody else who is stuck waiting for their luggage to appear. And they have a far easier time maneuvering trains, buses, taxis, and other forms of transport without hauling heavy bags. Sorry (not sorry) if that’s you.
Granted, my bitterness towards the carry on traveler is a front for ridiculous jealousy. I’m the girl who entertained Milan airport as I unpacked my luggage in the queue, and dressed myself in 5 kg of clothes to avoid excess baggage fees. I’m the girl who’s scratching the pavement because the weight of my luggage has snapped the wheels on my suitcase. Or perhaps I just had a bad suitcase.
Either way, I’ve always been the worst over-packer, notorious for bringing way too much. And while I know all the tricks to packing light, and I’ve read the same blog posts as you, I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I’ll never be one of those people. When I travel overseas, I need 20 kg worth of stuff.
How You Can Travel Luggage Free
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How to Pack Heavy But Travel Light
Despite fantasizing about the day I might become a carry on traveler, I’m not willing to sacrifice my luggage. But dealing with luggage at the airport is a huge inconvenience, and that’s obviously why some people only ever travel with carry on.
It’s stressing that you’ll miss your flight because you’re stuck in a long bag check line. And then having to pick it up and re check it before a connecting flight. It’s worrying about your luggage being lost in transit, and wasting your prime travel time standing around a conveyer belt hoping that you’re bag will be in the next round.
It would be so lovely if there was someone who could just take our bags for us and make them reappear on the other side!! Someone who would pick up your luggage from your home or office and deliver it wherever you want it to go.
Surprisingly, that’s not a far fetched dream, as I realized when I read Travel With Bender’s review of Luggage Free.
What is Luggage Free?
Luggage Free is a specialized luggage delivery service. They offer travelers to ship luggage ahead to any destination worldwide, meaning we avoid the inconvenience of carrying, checking and claiming luggage – even going through customs!
Whether it’s your standard luggage or a ski delivery, company representatives arrive, wrap the bags in protective plastic, tag them and transport them directly to your destination. Everything is protected and insured. They can ship luggage to any destination including hotels, cruise ships and private residences virtually anywhere in the world.
The most obvious uses would be for a hassle free business or leisure trip. But you could also use it if you wanted to ship your luggage to a destination you’re not immediately traveling to.
For instance, in 2014 we moved from the US to Australia. We sold our home in Arizona, though planned for a 3 month roadtrip to Alaska before we caught our international flight. We loaded all of our possessions into suitcases and crammed them into our little Chevy Malibu. Don’t get me wrong – we made everything fit, but at close to 900 pounds (inclusive of our weight), we began to seriously worry about our safety driving from San Diego through remote roads into Alaska.
If I had known about luggage free, I would have shipped half of our luggage ahead of time to meet us in Australia.
How it Works
You might think this kind of service sounds too good to be true, but it works! You can make your booking online or via the phone. The online booking process is very simple, and should only take 5 minutes to do. You’ll be asked to provide a specific date and time when you want your bag picked up, as well as a pickup address. If you’re in a rush they can pickup from most major US cities within 6 hours, and within 24 hours elsewhere.
To complete the booking you’ll also need a scanned copy (or photo) of your passport, a list of what’s in your bag (for customs and insurance), as well as a delivery address. You’ll recieve a confirmation email after filling in the form, and that’s the process complete!
On the day of pick-up a professional delivery expert will pick up your luggage, and once delivered you will received an email to confirm your luggage has been successfully delivered. It’s really very straightforward!
Pro Tip: If you’re shipping to a hotel ahead of time, make sure you call them in advance to let them know. Most hotels won’t have a problem holding your bag in storage until you arrive.
How Much Does it Cost?
Pricing varies depending on a couple of different factors, and is easy to estimate based off the pricing table on their website.
For instance, it’s more expensive to send golf clubs, skis and bikes, and the cost will depend on how quickly you want it delivered (between 1, 2, 3 or 5 days). They price standard luggage by the pound which is a nice change from most companies who charge bulk pricing. I mean, why should you pay the higher weight if your luggage weighs significantly less?
When you ship your luggage, the company guarantees it will arrive on time or there will be no charge for your shipment and they will give you up to $500 per bag to make it right. That’s the best luggage shipping guarantee in the world, period!
The Perks of Traveling Luggage Free
Time saver. Print your boarding pass at home so you can get to the airport and walk past those queues of frustrated passengers waiting to check in their luggage.
“If you have layovers, you won’t have to pick up your luggage and recheck it again, which is a major time and sanity saver if you have a short stop before your connecting flight; and you’ll never worry about your bags being lost in transit again!”
Ease of transportation. It’s much easier to manage one carry on bag while you’re transiting than it is to haul heavy luggage. You’re more mobile, and it’s less stressful jumping on a crowded subway, bus or train. Also, you won’t be immediately pegged as a tourist, which is especially helpful if you’re making your way through an area known for petty theft.
No waiting for bags. The average time at a baggage carousel is 30 minutes. Obviously, a massive perk of traveling luggage free is being able to bypass all of those suckers waiting for their luggage. Beat the rush to exit the airport and get on with your travels sooner than everyone else.
Great option for the physically challenged. If you have physical limitations or disabilities which mean you have a hard time moving heavy suitcases, Luggage Free will definitely suit you.
In a Nutshell
I’m not willing to cut down on the luggage I take with me on a trip, though I wish I enjoyed the same luxury and convenience of those who travel with only their carryon.
Luggage free is a fantastic service which means I can have my cake and eat it too. It’s as fast, easy and convenient as they claim, and it means I no longer harbor ill feelings towards the carry on traveler. Because I’m one of them too!
Visit www.luggagefree.com to organize luggage shipment for your next trip.
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