Hate paying baggage fees? Consider the mail! November 1, 2014 By Cait Hartwyk Leave a Comment Every time you travel, there is almost always some type of baggage fee. Airlines, buses – all forms of transportation seem to charge for taking your stuff from point A to hotel B. Those fees can be just plain irritating. But, a trick that backpackers have been using for years may just be the key to saving some money: Ship your things instead! The average person hauls anywhere from 30 to 45lbs of luggage with them when they travel to store clothes, toiletries, electronic devices, and chargers. It all adds up pretty fast, and most airlines impose yet another fee should your luggage go over 50lbs. But, if you can cut the amount of items you pack down to 20lbs, you can save a lot of money by simply shipping the items to your hotel and picking them up from the front desk when you arrive. It’s a pretty simple process, especially if you use one of the major carriers like Fed-Ex, UPS or USPS. Just go online to their respective websites, select the size of box you’ll be using, put in the weight of your items and their destination, print off the labels, and you’re good to go! Price and convenience, as always, must be balanced here. Fed-Ex and UPS are much more expensive, but your things will also arrive much faster than USPS (two to three days in comparison to a week or two), so if you need quick delivery, the extra fees are likely worth it. However, even USPS can be expensive if you are shipping your package internationally. New York Paris Tokyo Johannesburg Fed-Ex $89.16 $272.77 $262.42 $536.28 UPS $36.01 $275.28 $264.83 $541.20 USPS $17.90 $76.50 $76.50 $76.50 NOTE: All prices are based on a shipment from a sample address in Scottsdale, AZ, to a hotel in the downtown area of each city. Prices were estimated using tools built into the companies’ websites. All packages were 20lbs. We ran the numbers, and to send 20lbs worth of…well anything…internationally adds up fast, if you are using UPS or FedEx. However, USPS does offer a pretty economical option that can help you get some additional items to your destination if you know you won’t make it under the airline baggage limits. Also, shipping items domestically can save you a lot of money! Which items should you send? Consider sending those items you may not want to take with you on a flight, or the ones you won’t need until much later on in your travels. For example, extra clothing for a very long trip or equipment that might be required for just one specific portion of your journey are good examples of items to ship. And, if you don’t like having to take luggage through customs, this is also a wonderful option. Whatever you ship over should just be waiting for you when you arrive at your hotel. Just be sure to check on what customs rules are in place before making the mailing plunge. For more information on travel health and general travel tips, contact a Passport Health travel health specialist either via our website or by calling 1-888-499-PASS (7277).