Category: Shipping Companies

Unbeatable prices with SendMyBag.com

Sending your luggage upfront of a trip or moving to a new country is an attractive alternative instead of taking your belongings with you. In the end you don’t need to carry it around, run on time to the airport or stand hours in the queue to check in your suitcase so you can just give it into the trustworthy hands of one of the shipping companies.

When I made my decision to move back to Europe from the furthest country on planet Earth, New Zealand, I realized that within a couple of months I’ve collected a good amount of items. It would be complicated to pack it all in one suitcase, furthermore to get rid of it was not an option. This is when I discovered SendMyBag.com, a worldwide shipping company with the cheapest rates and even student discounts.

It’s very easy to navigate the website, first of all you can get an exact quote on how much would it cost to send your bag from A to B. I needed to send my personal treasures from New Zealand to Belgium, which cost me £310 for a magnanimous 30kg. Therefore the prices depending on the country and weight of the luggage you send. They also accept golf, ski bags and bicycles. Step one, enter your measurement units.

Before you create your account , check SendMyBag.com rules for every country. There you can find information for the place where you need to send your items. Sometimes there are hidden costs, that you need to pay separately, so read carefully. That happened to me, the local custom authorities wanted to inspect the shipment to confirm the contents and I needed to transfer €42 extra.

After you’ve decided where your luggage is going, you need to complete four steps such as to write your collection and destination address and measurements of the item that you want to send. The great option is you can choose the exact date when it should be picked up!

Last but not least, you will be asked if you want to print your labels or get them delivered for an extra charge. I don’t see any reason why to pay extra money for something that can be easily done at home. You don’t have to be a genius to make sure that the labels are attached to your suitcase. I attached my documents by using a see through file and tape, so the list of the items that are in my suitcase is on one side and the barcode for the DHL courier on the other.

Furthermore you can have free cover for a value of up to £125, if you prefer to increase your insurance automatically it would cost you more as well.

 

If you want to track your bag every step of the way you can download Send My Bag App and you will receive free tracking push notifications to your smartphone. So it will help you to stay up to date!

Last but not least you need to pay for your order. You will get notifications via email and within 24 hours your order will be accepted so you can complete the customs form information. I needed to upload a picture of my passport and write down a brief packing list.

Unfortunately I was disappointed when I got word that I’m not allowed to send any liquids, cremes or gels. Being a girl and having all kind of cremes is essential.  I’ve sent my suitcase with another company that was more expensive but I was allowed to send all these products. The only rule was they were not allowed to contain alcohol because of the flammability. That’s why I couldn’t justify the statement from the Send My Bag – support team “All liquids, pastes and gels are prohibited on international services”

The collection of the luggage happens between 9am and 6pm, there is no specific time. Nevertheless you can take your bag to work or ask your friend or neighbor to hand over the bag to the courier. Directly after the pick up you will get a notification with the tracking number, so you can follow every step of your precious belongings.

My bag arrived at it’s final destination within 6 days due to a little delay because of the customs inspection. Everything arrived there safe and in one piece. So in my personal opinion SendMyBag.com is a very trustworthy company. It might give you a bit of a hassle with the unexpected packing restrictions and extra costs, but in the end it still offers the lowest price.

 

 

 

 

Shipping Suitcase Worldwide with Luggage Forward

Moving abroad with all your favorite, sentimental things might seem to be very stressful and expensive. Carrying all your belongings from A to B is not the best way to enjoy the holidays. Furthermore most of the airlines are starting to charge for checking your luggage in and sometimes prices can be ridiculous. Shipping suitcases can avoid the head and muscle aches.

This is what happened to me, after living for a while in New Zealand and realizing that it’s not my favourite place to stay I decided to relocate my home back to Europe. Nevertheless I planned to make a stop in the Maldives to gather some vitamin D and Sea after the cold weather in Hobbit land. As I already mentioned taking all your clothes to a paradise destination can cause a burdensome experience and empty your bank account in one click.

So I decided to ship my beloved 20+ kgs of stuff back to Germany first. I found Luggage Forward on the internet and felt comfortable and secure with sending my suitcase with them. The website is very easy to navigate: Already on the first page you can see the costs of your door to door delivery. Prices depend on the size and type of the luggage, you can even send your bicycle case! The distance and the speed of service that you select also plays significant role. I chose the standard bag 23kg for $679 and will be delivered within 5 days.

You need to create your account, it takes just 10 minutes. This will also help you to track your suitcase and follow every step. I’m the one who asks a lot of questions so I contacted support@luggageforward.com and a very friendly consultant helped me with all my questions within 12 hours! Important to mention that you definitely need to have a valid passport and detailed list of items packed in the suitcase.

I would suggest to plan sending your luggage at least 2 weeks in advance and not just one week like me. The company still needs time to send you tags for the bag, which will come separately one week after you confirmed your pick up. I almost missed my tags because the courier thought that no one was at home and left a note that he will bring it on the next day but my bag needed to be picked up on the same day. So in the end both, the delivery and pick up men, arrived seconds apart from each other. The pick up is by the way between 1-3pm. Nevertheless it’s amazing when your bag is collected from your home, so you don’t need to worry about tiring shlepping, overweight or waiting lines at the check in at the airport! Moreover you know that it will arrive safe within the next 5-7 days at your other home without getting lost or damaged.

I sent my luggage to Germany to my mum’s address and unfortunately Germans are famous for controlling everything. Important to mention Germany is one of the few countries that requires passport and baggage content specifics, most of the destinations allow allow simple pickup & delivery with very little documentation. My mum received a letter in a written in a terrifying way that they have my luggage and they need more information about me like the exact reason of sending it, if I’m moving back to Germany, the reason why and proof for it plus exact details what’s inside. If they won’t get information within the few days they will send the suitcase back and I will need to carry the costs. The curious fact is the info was already included. Germans are just famous for their bureaucracy that always makes myself and I know the whole country panic. I contacted Luggage Forward and they replied within a few hours despite the time difference that there is no reason to worry, they will take care of everything. And they did! So thanks to the Luggage Forward – Team for their support!

All in one I can say that Luggage Forward is an attractive alternative to travel light. It might seem pricy but what you gain in convenience and reliability is definitely worth paying a few extra dollars. And isn’t it great to travel light knowing that all your precious belongings are safely waiting for you at your next destination?

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