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Any experiencie airmailing your stuff to yourself when moving from one place to another?


by @chelocoach | 4yr  | 5 comments

Hi there!

Iโ€™m going Nomad in about 3 months. Mainly Iโ€™ll stay in some places for at least 1 month, but Iโ€™m planning some backpacking trips in between movings. So Iโ€™m planning to travel carry-on only on this trips. But I also would like to carry with me some non-indispensable stuff that helps me to keep up with my lifestyle and work on the places where Iโ€™ll stay for a longer period. For example a blender, coffee and an Aeropress to prepare my bulleproof coffee. Also my guitar, some camera gear, a good quality screen to work, etcโ€ฆ

Except for the guitar, everything fits into a medium size luggage.

I know I can check in this stuff when moving. But if Iโ€™m going to backpack I donโ€™t want to carry this stuff around.

  • Is airmailing this stuff to myself a good option?
  • Any experience on this?

Iโ€™m a newby on this lifestyle so any advice is welcome :slight_smile: . Many thanks!

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@travelingpm | 4yr

Agree with the above. It also depends on how often youโ€™re moving and to which regions. We stay in each location for 2-3 months and typically purchase everything on the local expat marketplace facebook groupโ€ฆthen resell it on there when we leave. This has included a blender, kids toys, a motorcycle, second monitors, and grooming kits. If youโ€™re traveling to regions with different wattage, you may end up frying your electronics.

In general, it may be a dayโ€™s worth of shopping/fetching but packing up and mailing stuff every move sounds like pain and you wonโ€™t always know where to send it prior to the moveโ€ฆthen thereโ€™s waiting for it to arrive, if it ever does. Besides, Iโ€™m willing to bet that youโ€™ll have less โ€œnon-indispensable stuffโ€ on your list after about 3 months in. We travel with an eBags mother load, an TLS Professional Weekender, and tiny carry-on for a family of three.

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@chelocoach | 4yr

Thanks @grum and @wanderingdev !!

  • Didnโ€™t thought of the language and cultural barrier to be such a problem for dealing with the courier, thanks.
  • Didnโ€™t knew about those โ€œleft luggageโ€ kind of place. thanks!

@wanderingdev , you think buying and selling is less problem than shipping my stuff?

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@wanderingdev | 4yr

IMO, yes.

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@wanderingdev | 4yr

If youโ€™re in a backpacking area, there is likely a left luggage kind of place. I know in Switzerland you can leave stuff at the train station for up to a month. In Spain, many people ship things ahead on the Camino de Santiago and pick it up at the end. I think in general, shipping things will get expensive and seriously annoying. Just take less stuff. You donโ€™t actually need a blender for BPC. Or if you feel you must have one, get a stick blender that is small and easy to pack. (I canโ€™t wait until this BPC fad diesโ€ฆ) for the screen, make due with 1 or use a tablet for a 2nd or depending on how long youโ€™ll be in an area, buy a used one on the ground then sell it again when you leave. There are options. Having been doing this for years, I can tell you the biggest favor you can do for yourself is to not carry unnecessary crap.

(mod: corrected for capitalization)

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@grum | 4yr

Iโ€™ve done it before and aside from the guitar, my gear is similar to what youโ€™ve described.

Shipping stuff steals time from you. If youโ€™re willing to pay for fast shipping, itโ€™ll probably be better for your body but dealing with couriers or picking up at delivery centres can drive you insane due to cultural/language differences.

In the end Iโ€™d much rather check in my stuff and maintain a strict inventory than courier. A few hours of inconvenience lugging stuff around is better than arriving and having to wait for your stuff to appear later on.

That being said, I know plenty of nomads who carry too much and choose to ship the non-essentials.

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