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How to reduce excess baggage

Whether you’re heading away on business, travelling abroad for an extended period of time, or are heading overseas to study, there’s no doubt that many people panic when it concerns what to take and how to reduce excess baggage.

That said however, there are a number of ways that you can reduce the amount of excess baggage, which will help reduce your overall travel costs.

Plan to take only the essentials

Quite often, we find that the main reason people have trouble with excess baggage is that they take far too many belongings that they simply don’t need.

From entire collections of books, through to kitchenware, we’ve seen it all, which is why we always advise people to take only what is essential so that they can lower the costs of heading abroad.

A few weeks before organising your excess baggage requirements, make a list of items that you want to take and cross out any that you are not likely to need or use.

By doing this, you can reduce the number of items that you will travel with.

Pack your excess baggage efficiently

Whether you’re packing clothes or study books, making the most of the space inside your suitcase or packaging is essential.

For clothes, gather all the items that you think are essential and lose any that you might not wear. Remember that knits, wools, and cottons resist wrinkles and are fairly versatile when it comes to packing.

Roll your softer garments, including underwear, t-shirts, knitwear, and jeans, as these do not wrinkle when rolled tightly. Such items should be placed in a suitcase or box carton first.

Stiffer fabrics, such as cotton shirts and blazers should be folded carefully and placed in afterwards.

When it comes to bags that you will travel with personally, pack chargers and other small items into shoes so that you can maximise space.

Shop around for the right suitcases and packaging

More often than not, we find that people will use previously bought suitcases to send excess baggage, which means that for the trip in question, that the cases might not be best suited for their needs.

It’s quite common for people to use two smaller and tightly packed suitcases. However, most of the time, one large suitcase should be enough for most people, and can help cut costs.

It’s also worth mentioning that we also provide a great array of packing materials, which are specially designed for long periods of travel.

Research your best options

No matter where you’re travelling to, the likelihood is that we offer a variety of excess baggage options for your personal belongings.

For example, if you’re travelling to Australia, you can send your excess baggage using a variety of methods, including:

Bear in mind however, that our sea freight services can sometimes involve a travel time of up to eight weeks, so if you’re looking to use this service for your excess baggage, you need to plan and prepare well in advance.

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