I’d been thinking of taking along several extra bags when I fly to Glasgow next month, reasoning that I’d soak up the charges for excess weight in order to have clothing at my disposal right away. This morning, though, we note that British Midlands seems to have a strict, light maximum weight for luggage. Now we’re trying to figure out how to get my baseline wardrobe for X weeks to Glasgow (while I wait for the main shipment of my goods to arrive).

5 thoughts on “Brainstorming

  1. This is something that UPS does well and competitive (usually cheaper) than luggage fees. Take a couple of duffles or suitcases to your local UPS or mailbox store and they can put it in a box and ship it to your address in Glasgow, should be there within a week. (I don’t have any connection except a great store owner here in mid-Ohio that takes great care of me.)

  2. A lot of airlines will let you ship “cargo” a day or so early for about half the cost of excess luggage. You just have to drop your luggage off at the “cargo” section of the airport. If you time it right, it can be waiting at the airport for you by the time you get there. Try calling the cargo division of the airline.

  3. You may also want to figure out the relative cost of buying some basic items there rather than shipping or carrying them. Given international shipping costs, it may actually be cheaper to buy some things there.

    Also, if you have plenty of mix and match basic colors, and easy access to laundry facilities, it really takes relatively little luggage to provide a month’s worth of clothing.

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