Shipping Computers and Other Hassles
February 7, 2014 2:15 PM Subscribe
I'm going to be spending 3 months in California, staying with my girlfriend, starting in March. I'm not moving house, exactly, but I do want to move some large/heavy/bulky things (like my beast of a desktop) and I'm not sure of the best way to go about it.
posted by restless_nomad to Travel & Transportation (18 answers total)
I'll be flying, not driving, because we'll be taking the cats (plus my car is *useless* for carrying anything bigger than a breadbox.) So I'll need to find another way to get the following there:
- Computer (large) and accessories, possibly including relatively flat-packable desk if that's cheaper than replacing it.
- Box of kitchen stuff, including possibly half-drunk bottles of very good scotch.
- Box of papers/books
- Probably another box of stuff I haven't thought of yet.
I could theoretically take stuff on the plane, but since we'll be traveling with two cats, anything we can do to simplify the flight is worth paying somewhat more for. (I'd rather not carry anything other than a shoulder bag if I can help it, let alone two pieces of checked luggage each.) Is shipping this stuff via UPS the way to go? How does one get proper packing materials for a huge Alienware desktop? Am I going about this completely wrong?
N.B.: This trip may turn into a long-term stay, which will involve a proper moving truck. It may not, so ability to reverse the process is a consideration.