The best luggage for airplane travel in my opinion is no luggage. Suitcase luggage can be a really pain to drag around, especially for large families with babies. Despite their small size, babies require more kit on holiday than a whole platoon on tour. But jetSetting without luggage makes life so much easier. You can sail through security with only carry on bags. First Luggage offers a great luggage collection and delivery service for sending your bags ahead of you, so you can travel without any luggage. It’s a true door-to-door service that will pick up your bags from home and have them delivered directly to your hotel, villa, or wherever you happen to be staying. And, obviously, you can do the same thing in reverse.
It’s important to plan ahead, though, as the service isn’t overnight. In our experience, it takes roughly 4-5 working days to send bags to most destinations in Europe, the USA and Asia. The actual cargo service is handled by Federal Express but the First Luggage staff will manage the whole process on your behalf.
You start by downloading the necessary paperwork from their website and filling out customs forms that detail the contents of your luggage. After sending back the forms, First Luggage will handle collection and deliver.
The price of the service varies by destination and weight but a 30KG suitcase sent from the UK to the USA will cost £120, or as little as £60 for a pair of ski boots. Frankly, it doesn’t make much sense to send smaller items but the rates for sending several suitcases can be offset by the convenience factor.
In our experience, the best use of the service is to avoid carrying lots of luggage when you are travelling with small children who need extra supervision (and often require large luggage for themselves). Read Mrs W’s post on this when it comes to travelling with baby. Also, if you have lots of tight connection flights and are worried about your bags making it on the plane with you, this could be a smart alternative. Finally, there are often small commuter flights (in the Caribbean, for example) that have very strict weight allowances. You might find yourself unable to board them with all your luggage in which case this service can be a real life-saver.