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Packing Light and Traveling with Luggage Free

We have two completely different packing personas—we either pack super light with carry-on luggage only, or we pack everything including the kitchen sink. Our packing strategies really depend on the type of trip we take and what we are doing when we arrive, but either way, I don’t like dealing with large, heavy bags.

On short trips or trips where we are moving from one place to another via public transportation we pack light with backpacks to keep us mobile. But, when we are staying longer in one destination and renting a car, we bring all our camera equipment along, as well. This really makes our load much heavier and more of a hassle to deal with, especially at the airport.

Our recent winter trip to Alaska was one of our heavy packing trips. We were spending a week in chilly Anchorage and renting a car, which meant not only were we planning on bringing all our camera and video equipment, but we also needed to pack our winter gear and warm clothes, as well. As you can imagine, this meant we were going to need to haul large bags to the airport and then to our Airbnb. Not the worst thing in the world, but there is a much more convenient option available: Luggage Free!

When Luggage Free contacted us with an offer to try out their luggage shipping service on one of our next trips, we thought of our upcoming Alaska trip and were immediately intrigued. Luggage Free offers their customers the ability to ship luggage ahead of time to any destination in the world. Using the service removes the hassle of carrying, checking and claiming luggage on your trip.

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How it works:

It’s very simple! You schedule your pick up by phone or online and then pack your bags. If you select full service, a representative will pick up your bags and take care of everything for you, such as the paperwork, tagging and wrapping. If you select self service, they create the paperwork and labels and send them to you for you to attach to the luggage yourself prior to them picking up the bags from your door. A representative will schedule a window of time when your luggage will be picked up, but you also have the option to drop off your luggage at FedEx if you would rather. Your luggage is guaranteed to arrive on time and will be dropped off at your lodging prior to or on the day of your arrival. That’s it!

Your luggage will be tracked all the way to your final destination, and you will receive an email when it arrives so you can travel with peace of mind knowing your luggage will be waiting for you. Also, if in some rare instance your baggage doesn’t arrive on time, your shipment is free and you will receive up to $500 per bag for your trouble.

Pricing and shipping options:

You can ship your suitcase, golf clubs, bikes, and skis through the Luggage Free service. Shipment options range from 1 business day to 5 business days, and pickups can be scheduled Monday through Friday. In some areas, Saturday delivery/pickup is available for an extra fee. Depending on your location and shipment speed, prices range from $2.20/lb to $5.80/lb. Golf clubs start at $99, skis start at $79, and bikes start at $175—even though it’s not necessarily cheap, you can save money by not having to rent gear when you arrive.

Shipping rates are calculated from the weight of your luggage, and all shipments are covered up to $1,000 with fair market value. If you want to add extra insurance on to your delivery, you can declare value over $1,000 for a rate of $19.95 per $1,000.

Our Luggage Free experience:

Since we were traveling to Alaska, we had to pick the three-day shipment option. I really liked the fact that it forced me to pack our luggage early. Usually, we pack our bags the night before we leave, but it always turns into a packing frenzy because we have so many other things to take care of and line up before our departure, as well. The scheduling and pickup were both quick and convenient—we just filled out the paperwork and received a pickup time via email. On the day of our luggage pickup, we received a phone call and just handed our bags over to the agent when he arrived.

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We sent two bags via Luggage Free—these bags were stuffed with our winter gear and clothing for the trip. As for our camera gear, we decided to take that as our carry-on baggage on the plane. It was nice that we were still able to skip the luggage check in and head straight to security. We had all the benefits of traveling with carry-ons, but none of the hassle of checking our bags. It was great that we didn’t have to wait at the baggage carousel when we landed either.

Luggage Free Luggage Transfer Service

Luggage Free Luggage Transfer Service

Since our Airbnb host was out of town, we asked if our bags could be delivered on the day of our arrival—we weren’t sure if there were other guests staying at the apartment before us, so we wanted to make sure our bags weren’t a burden on anyone else. Luggage Free was ok with our request and had a courier drop off our bags within an hour of our arrival; they came wrapped and in great condition. The entire process was smooth and easy and we were updated via email along the way. It was a quick and convenient process and help was just a phone call away the entire time!

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When we will use Luggage Free in the future:

Obviously, if you are traveling carry-on only, this service won’t really be a benefit to you. But for those times that you need to pack more, it is a very convenient option. There have been several times where we wanted to ship camera equipment to a destination because we didn’t dare pack it in our checked bags, but organizing the logistics of shipping through FedEx and arranging a pick-up was not convenient at all. I would love to use Luggage Free for shipping our camera gear (with the extra insurance option, of course!) to certain jobs in the future. Having a guarantee and insurance that our shipment will arrive on time would take the stress out of traveling with heavy camera equipment.

I could also see us use the service to send our skis or bikes somewhere. It’s always nice to use your own gear, so having a convenient way to transport sporting equipment is a great option for us. Also, we don’t have kids, but I could definitely see traveling parents benefiting from this service—I can imagine not having to deal with bags when getting your kids to the airport would be a lifesaver!

Final thoughts:

Overall, we thought Luggage Free was a great, convenient way to take the hassle out of handling bags on a trip. While we usually end up taking the hard/inconvenient way to save a few bucks, I can definitely see us using the service in the future, especially for the reasons I mentioned above. Sometimes it’s just plain nice to travel with extra convenience and luxury, and Luggage Free offers you all that and more!

 

This post is brought to you in partnership with Luggage Free. As always, all opinions are our own. 

24 Comments
  • Whatdevondiscovered
    Posted at 04:09h, 02 March Reply

    I’ve never used a service like this, but I like the idea of shipping my bike somewhere.

  • Bilyana
    Posted at 03:22h, 04 March Reply

    I’ve always traveled with a small luggage as possible. I think that most people need to understand that they don’t need to take all of their belongings when on the road. It’s ways more convenient. 🙂
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 11:08h, 04 March Reply

      Definitely agree with you–we always try to pack light with carry on luggage only. It is very nice to travel light with few belongings. However a service like this is really nice when you do have to pack more gear for a variety of reasons. In this case, we needed all of our winter snow gear for outdoor adventures we were doing (boots, snow pants, etc.) and all of our camera gear for a work project, which meant there was no way we were getting away with carry on luggage only–our camera/video gear that’s necessary for our job takes up 4 bags alone unfortunately. So, it was nice to just have all our winter gear sent ahead of us. It’s a great service for when you do have to bring more with on a trip!
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  • Fiona Maclean
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    Posted at 15:06h, 04 March Reply

    That’s a great idea for someone like me who travels alone quite a lot. I always struggle with stairs when I am travelling on the underground and I honestly don’t need my suitcase the minute I arrive at my destination or get home.
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  • Ticker Eats The World
    Posted at 21:54h, 04 March Reply

    This is such a cool idea and definitely one that should pick up as it makes one of the most tedious aspects of travel simpler. Luggage is always an issue, if it’s not the weight then it’s about traveling with it to and from from the airport and especially for folks who travel with bigger items likes skies, this is brilliant. Great service and something I plan to seriously look into.

  • Punita Malhotra
    Posted at 06:51h, 05 March Reply

    This is the first time I’m hearing of something like this. Sounds very helpful, i must say. Specially if you’re on long trips carrying tons of stuff. Do they do chain deliveries…across multiple destinations that you travel to in the same trip?

  • Anne Slater-Brooks
    Posted at 09:35h, 05 March Reply

    This sounds like a great service and could be an ideal solution when I have all my ski kit with me. I would be worried about tampering though so I’m not sure I would be very comfortable with it at first. Saying that I hated contactless at first and now I love it

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 03:05h, 11 March Reply

      I know what you mean–I always get worried about giving my things to other people, too. I felt better about having the transfer service take our bags than the airline though, and we were happy to see that Luggage Free took great care of our luggage!
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  • Christina Pfeiffer
    Posted at 02:31h, 06 March Reply

    This looks like an interesting option, especially when you’re travelling on a long trip to places with different climates. At first glance, prices seem reasonable. I will definitely take a closer look.

  • stacey sandlin
    Posted at 04:16h, 07 March Reply

    We live overseas every year for 9-10 months and have used a service similar to this to ship our things as for sure it is much easier especially since I travel with 3 kids and enough things for a year stay! Great info we will have to check this group out!

  • Mansoureh
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    Posted at 07:50h, 07 March Reply

    I usually try to pack light but as you say depends on where I am heading to or how long I am going to stay. We usually have our backpacks for short trips but for the long one. we bring luggage. The service looks good, maybe it is good to give it a try for a luxury trip.

  • Anne Klien ( MeAnne)
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    Posted at 03:05h, 08 March Reply

    This is a great idea to those ovrt pack their bag and when you buy so much souvenir to take home, never heard of this before thanks for sharing

  • Agness of aTukTuk
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    Posted at 08:25h, 25 March Reply

    I always try to pack my suitcase light, or even travel only with a backpack! Great tips, Jenna!

  • Andrada
    Posted at 06:02h, 03 May Reply

    This is such an useful article! I always try to travel as light as is possible and it’s so funny to see that even if you travel on a long term, you need only so little.

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