I'm looking for moving/shipping companies to send a couple of boxes of books & clothes from Australia to the USA (as I'm relocating). While requesting quotes, one company strongly suggested that I hire them to pack my things for me as apparently US Customs get suspicious if the boxes were packed by the individual mover (me, in this case) rather than by a professional. I haven't seen this mentioned anywhere else and the US Customs website hasn't addressed this. What's going on? [more inside]
Moving from Brooklyn, NY to San Diego, CA. Have about 10-15 large/heavy boxes to ship to CA. A few boxes are primarily books and DVDs. The others are clothes and shoes. Nothing super fragile. I don't have a car. What is the best/easiest/most affordable way to do this? Halp!
I'm packing for a move from a dry climate ~7,000 feet above sea level to a wet one ~300 feet above sea level. What precautions should I take to ensure all my stuff survives the trip? Anything else I should be mindful of for adjusting to the new environment?
Next month I'm traveling overseas from the US for the first time. What's the best way of packing the foods and beverages that friends have asked me to bring for them? [more inside]
I'm moving in about ten days, I'm disabled, and my mother (who is in her mid-sixties) is here helping me pack. I've got four of five hundred books, mostly paperbacks and mostly genre fiction, about which I'm finally being sensible and eliminating. The problem we're having is that it's almost as much trouble to get rid of these as it would have been to pack them. [more inside]
Moving to Copenhagen for 3 months, excited and nervous! What will I eat? What should I bring with me to wear? How will I get around? How will I stay in touch? Hope me, hivemind! (MANY details inside because I am such a special snowflake) [more inside]
What does one take to the Cannes Lions in June? Dresses? Ball gown? Jeans? Flip-flops? Sunscreen? [more inside]
What's the best device (case, perhaps?) or method (common household item?) keep my ties and pocket squares in order in my suitcase when I travel? [more inside]
Sphere packing problem: for a distribution of sphere sizes? [more inside]
I'm going to be in Washington DC from late November and most of December, training for a new job. They're putting me up in an extended stay hotel, but it's doubtful that I'll have a car unless I rent one myself for weekends. First time in DC! I've never been away from home for for such a long period; I guess I'll turn off everything in my apartment except the fridge, have a friend pick up mail and help me deal with that kind of stuff, pay bills online. What should (and shouldn't) I take? This comes after a lengthy bout of unemployment, so cash reserves are very very low. How do I get a bunch of stuff there without paying exorbitant airline fees? What else do I need to be thinking about?
Four gals going to Vegas for 4 days. Just one wants to check her baggage. How do we/I convince her it's just not necessary and will be a PITA if just one of us is doing this. [more inside]
How do I analyze 7 years of past orders to determine how to best organize my 6 shelves of widgets for packing future orders? Each shelf should, on average, be picked from equally. [more inside]
I am headed to Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass Village, Co next week. I have no idea what to bring or how to get there from the airport. Any suggestions? [more inside]
How do you handle liquid/gel toiletries when flying with carry-on only luggage? [more inside]
Packing and lifestyle tips for a frequent traveller [more inside]
I'd like to check a bicycle as luggage with Southwest. Could anyone advise me how to find a suitable box and then pack the bicycle in compactly enough? [more inside]
How do you ship a framed picture? [more inside]
What are your packing and predeparture tips for making light-moderate backpacking trips more enjoyable and less painful and exhausting? [more inside]
Tips on moving! Have you moved across country / to a different country? With a wife and two kids? How did you organize it? I am looking for specific things that we need to add to our checklist / to-do list. Are there any good checklists out there already? We will need to line up housing. What did you forget about? What did you do that you shouldn't have done. How do you line up housing when your thousands of miles away. Specific packing / organization tips? I would like to prevent this move from becoming stressful. Please help our family move with the least amount of pain. Moving to Austin Texas if it matters.
Where should I go on my trip to Europe and how do I pack for it? [more inside]
Please give me advice for traveling to and living/working in Sydney. [more inside]
I will be living out of my 45 liter/2,700 cu. in. backpack for three weeks in a foreign country (Japan). Help me not lose my mind: please share your tips & tricks to stay sane. [more inside]
Flying Airtran from Orlando tomorrow. Last time I was on a commercial plane was over 30 years ago and I sat on the floor. What do I need to know? [more inside]
Please help me leave my six-legged roommates behind. [more inside]
Help me find the right pair of minimalist shoes! I've been a member of a Crossfit gym for six months, which means I've been exposed to the peer pressure regarding Vibram FiveFingers. Plus, I'm starting to travel a lot (and lightly) and want a pair of running shoes that have a small footprint (heh) when packed in a suitcase. Recommendations for this recreational runner? Are Vibrams a good option? Which model? How do I size them? I'm training for next October's Portland Marathon, if that makes a difference. Bonus points for shoes available at REI (though that's not a requirement).
Given a set of points on a plane (or in a bounded region), how do I find the radii of circles centered at each point that provide the best covering? [more inside]
Suggestions for best Household moving organizer.. [more inside]
We just bought a condo (with a large closet in the master) in a ski resort town about 1 1/2 hours from our home. we use it on weekends and for vacation. I have a question about keeping clothes there or packing clothes each time we go. I thought originally it would make sense to keep clothes there but am finding it kind of makes me crazy. It seems like unless I remember what is there, I am forever guessing wrong. For example, last time I was there I was with only one pair of underwear because I thought i had some there. Anyone have any advice for me that will simplify my clothing life? It almost seems easiest to just pack all of what i need for the weekend. We go about 2 weekends per month and I visit random times alone during the month. Thank you!
Long haul flight advice for travelling with young kids – help me keep my sanity! [more inside]
I need advice on how to pack as lightly as possible for a ten-day trip to Italy in late June. [more inside]
What is the safest and cheapest way to ship 4-7 boxes (and possibly an iMac) overseas? [more inside]
What's the best way to go about shipping a home server overseas? [more inside]
Help me write my summer camping packing list. Looking for the best practical, luxury or fun items that can fit in one car for a short trip (under a week).
Is there anything similar to freecycle or craigslist for items one wants to borrow and return? [more inside]
How do I ship a snowboard across the country? [more inside]
Cook-once-a-week round 2: What low-GI, high-protein food can I cook on Sunday night and then reheat for lunch/dinner Mon-Fri? [more inside]
Is it feasible to mail caramels? Or will the recipient end up with a weird melty lump? [more inside]
I (26/male) am leaving Los Angeles in January for at least one year of backpacking solo around Australia, NZ, SE Asia, and possibly some other places! Other than enjoying my remaining time before I leave (going to favorite restaurants, hanging with friends, etc.), what pre-trip activities should I be thinking about, and what preparations should I be making (especially while I have good insurance)? What do you wish someone had told you before you left for a trip of this length and scope? [more inside]
I am looking for a new bag - hopefully, you can help me find one bag that will do my international business trips, day hikes, and weekends away. [more inside]
Can you tell me where to find cheap packing material for moving - bubble wrap, newsprint, peanuts, whatever. I've already seen this thread on where to get moving boxes, and if you have anything new to add, that'd be great. In case it matters, we're moving a standard 2 bedroom apartment across town in the far northwest Chicago suburbs. Nothing particularly valuable.
How many outfits should I a (24f) pack for an 10 week internship in San Francisco? [more inside]
Why the heck does plastic packing tape smell like vinegar? [more inside]
What size backpack do I need for a 17 day trip that will include four different flights, train trips & hostel/apartment stays? [more inside]
Comic and card boxes seem to get listed cheaply, then have absurd shipping charges. I could use shoe boxes, shipping boxes, office boxes, whatever - I just want to know how to get them cheaply. [more inside]
Is there a good schedule/list site that can help you move houses? [more inside]
I am a 49 y/o woman traveling for Xmas to Akumal (near Cancun) with my family and my extended family. We are staying in condos right on the beach and I want to pack comfortable clothes/shoes but still look good. What besides swimsuits and cover-ups and hat should I take? What shoes? I have Keen water sandals but they do fill up with sand on the beach and are probably mainly for river shoes when you need to walk on rocks. I also have black teva flip flops. Not the most flattering at all! We will be snorkeling, reading on the beach, walking, sightseeing going to restaurants, playing with young nieces and nephews. Thank you!
Less than six months before moving internationally - how do I manage all my stuff? [more inside]
I'm having great difficulty finding a supplier of boxes and packing materials in the Netherlands that doesn't require buying in bulk [more inside]
Long time listener, first time caller: Any globetrotting rowers or shipping pros out there? I need to transport a rowing oar overseas, and I don't want it damaged. I'm planning to check it on my flight as 'sports equipment', but any advice or alternate suggestions are welcome. More details inside. [more inside]
When packing for two seasons, how can I avoid airline baggage fees on size and weight? [more inside]