When I travel on business, I occasionally do pick up things from my travels, such as interesting trade show giveaways, the random souvenir, client materials, etc. After a few trips, you learn to minimize what you pack and travel with. Going on the road is easy – you have total control over what you pack. Coming back after travel? You can get some interesting wildcards in your luggage.
Consider then, what it costs to bring some extra stuff back:
Depending on what you’re carrying, the checked baggage fee may cost more than the items are worth.
For less stress, less heavy lifting, and less money, this has become my new best friend:
The USPS charges $18 for half a cubic foot of space. Granted, that’s not as large as a checked bag, but I don’t have to carry it with me. On my most recent business trip, I had a half cubic foot of extra stuff, and this did the trick. $18 later, my luggage was about 15 pounds lighter and I didn’t have to worry about fitting into an overhead compartment nearly as much. In fact, for future trips, I may be able to even ship basics and avoid the larger bag entirely.
Next time you’ve got some business travel and a little more cargo than you anticipated, don’t forget about the $18 box from the Post Office.
Disclosure: I was not compensated or asked to write about the Post Office’s large box.
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