Tips for preparing baggage for shipping

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So you are moving abroad. That is nice, but you know how to prepare your baggage for shipping? Transparent International NYC has prepared a small guide that will help you understand how to prepare properly. Learn how to pack your items, which packing materials to use, what items are not allowed on a plane, and more. Preparing baggage for shipping is not so simple anymore. But things will be easier if you follow our guide.

Make sure that you hire a reputable shipping company if you are moving abroad

Moving abroad is a complicated task. Besides hiring door-to-door international movers, you also need to worry about tons of paperwork, different procedures, and preparing your luggage for transport. Of course, since this is such a complicated task, it is always advisable to hire professional moving assistance. They should give you all advice that you need. Help you with your paperwork. Advise you on following international laws and regulations. And handle your items properly. Of course, make sure that you hire verified and reputable movers for this. You do not want to end up in trouble because you hired an inexperienced logistics company.

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Make sure that you work with a reliable shipping company

Before you start preparing baggage for shipping, you need to know about air travel rules and regulations

When you are preparing your baggage for an international move, your first task is to learn which items are not allowed on a plane. Also, every country in the world has its own import laws and regulations so you also need to be informed about that too. For example, if you are moving from USA to Germany, you need to learn about German import laws. Unfortunately, every country in the world has different laws regarding what can be imported or not. And it can be rather difficult to find reliable and accurate information. Of course, you can try to use the internet, but if you hire a reputable shipping company, their freight forwarding service should give you all the answers you are looking for.

Items that are completely banned from an airplane

When it comes to baggage restrictions here are the items that are completely banned from an airplane:

  • Flammable items
  • Explosive and incendiary materials
  • Matches
  • Infectious materials
  • Radioactive materials
  • Gasses and pressure containers
  • Oxidizers and organic peroxides
  • Magnetic materials
  • Organics
  • Marijuana (cannabis)
  • Poisons
  • Corrosives

Items allowed in checked bags but not in your carry-on luggage

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has prohibited these items from airplane cabins as well as from carry-on baggage but may (with special permissions) be carried in checked baggage:

  • Stick or club-type sporting equipment
  • Firearms and ammunition
  • Knives and other cutting instruments
  • Paintball weapons
  • Power tools and other large hand tools
  • Dry ice
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Stick or club-type sporting equipment need special permissions

Items you should not carry on checked baggage but only in your carry-on bags

  • Money related items
  • Computers and other personal electronic devices and equipment
  • Passports and other identification documents
  • Jewelry, luxurious watches, precious metals, and other valuables
  • Medications and other medical devices.

Of course, these are just examples of various restrictions that you will come across when traveling by plane. To get a complete list of items, you should talk to your overseas moving services. They are the only ones who are always up-to-date with ever-changing air-travel rules and regulations.

Get rid of unnecessary items before you start packing

Once you learn about restrictions, you can start thinking about preparing your luggage for your relocation. Of course, your first task is to get rid of the items that you do not use anymore and that will unnecessarily increase the price of your already expensive move.  Go through your items. Think about whether you really need them. Learn what is the cost of the same item in your destination country. Maybe it is cheaper to buy a new one there than to pay for its plane ticket. Of course, concentrate on the heavier items. As the price of your move will be determined according to the weight of your moving inventory.

Make a list of items that you plan to carry with you

After you determine which items are going to travel with you, you need to make a list. Write down every item that you are planning to move, their names, color, condition, serial numbers, dimensions, and weight. This will allow your shipping company to give you a precise moving estimate, you will be able to determine how many packing materials to prepare, and you can use it to check your items after they are delivered.

Packing materials to prepare

Of course, when preparing your items for shipping the most important part is that they are packed properly. This means using appropriate packing materials. Of course, which packing materials you will use depends on your items, but you will certainly need:

  • Sturdy luggage suitcases
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Plastic bags
  • Packing tapes
  • Cable ties
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Sturdy suitcases are one of the essentials

Hire professional packing service to pack your items properly

If you have prepared everything it is just a matter of applying a combination of proper packing materials and proper packing techniques. If you are not sure what you are doing, you can always hire a professional packing service to do this for you. They will pack your items quickly. And your items will be packed properly in quality packing materials, following all rules and regulations.

The most important thing when preparing baggage for shipping is to know about restrictions

When it comes to preparing your baggage for shipping, the most important part is to learn about restrictions. If you do not want to end up in trouble, make sure that you inform yourself well.  Talk to your shipper. And ask for their guidance regarding this.


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