LONDON, Oct. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The trend of relying on hand baggage allowances when booking air travel, spurred mainly by rising hold luggage fees, is growing – but added costs of buying travel-sized items to meet the rules of transporting liquids can soon negate cost savings, says Send My Bag, a provider of simple and affordable luggage shipping.
According to Send my Bag, less than 20 per cent of travellers now book hold luggage, compared with 85 per cent five years ago. Catering to this change in behaviour, both airport shops and regular pharmacies are marketing an expanded range of 'mini' sized toiletries so people can adhere to the 100 ml liquids limit. However, these can work out to be a much more expensive option, so employing some clever tips when packing toiletries can result in real savings.
Adam Ewart, Send My Bag founder, says: "Mini toiletries certainly don't usually come with mini prices, and in many cases can cost almost as much, if not the same, as a regular sized bottle of the same product. Many hotels these days provide basic toiletry items, so it is worth finding out in advance if you can capitalise on anything like shampoos and shower gels that are already provided free of charge.
"It's also worth saving any small bottles you have from previous travel-size purchases, so you can refill them with your regular products at home before you travel. If your travelling companion has booked hold luggage, ask if you can share any items that might be difficult to get in travel sizes, such as shaving foam and gel. Or, buy what you need when you arrive at your destination, which means you're not restricted on size and again, you can share with your travel partners so that the cost is shared."
Send My Bag is a reliable and cost-effective baggage shipping service that was initially created to help travelling students transport their luggage for less. It is now popular among an increasing number of travellers who are disgruntled by excess baggage shipping fees adopted by low cost airlines, and their increasingly complicated rules around cabin and hold baggage.
Adam also advises on saving free trial size samples for use when travelling. He adds: "Samples and sachets of products given free in magazines or direct mail promotions are worth bagging and saving, as they're perfect and very light to include in hand luggage."
Send My Bag offers luggage shipping for travellers and those looking to ship equipment such as for skiing, snowboarding, and even those looking to ship golf clubs. For more information please visit www.sendmybag.com.
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