Transporting ski boots, helmets O/S

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  1. Lifes2good

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    All going well we will be skiing in Italy in Jan 2020. We will be travelling as a family of 4 (2A,2C) for about 7 weeks through 5 countries, with the skiing part in the last 2 weeks.

    I have family in the far north of Italy who I can ship stuff to.

    How would you package two pairs of ski boots and two helmets, plus goggles, gloves to send them to Italy? We can't hire boots as ours are highly customised to enable us to ski pain-free with our dodgy feet.

    Would you do this? I'm a little nervous about sending stuff to Italy generally but I can't see how else to do this. I don't want to fly to Italy as our first stop as it doesn't work with our plans.
     
  2. Donzah

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    I'd send them internally within Europe.
    I'd not be keen sending them by sea/or air ex Australia to Italy.
     
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    As for packaging. As small a box as possible. With Bubble wrap and foam chips
     
  4. Zimbooo

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    As Donzah said. Take them with you on the plane already packaged and ship via courier within Europe.
    I've had stuff sent from a ski shop in Germany to France last year and it was cheap. The shop used UPS.
    You could do all the leg work before leaving OS. Drop off package a couriers office in city of choice etc etc.
     
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  5. Lifes2good

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    We will fly into Heathrow and head straight out of London to the north. I can't imagine we could fit a box that size into any rental car we get, so that would mean shipping from Heathrow airport. I'll google and see if they do freight forwarding.
     
  6. Donzah

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    There are tonnes at Heathrow. As there are at most major airports. Easy as.
     
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    Thanks.

    I'm just thinking how fun that will be after a 14 hour flight and two semi-comatose kids in tow.
     
  9. Zimbooo

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    Just sit em down in another seat for an hour max with device......or pay x 10 from Aus not knowing if it gets there.......your choice. If you tell your kids whats going to happen before travel .... all is programmed. They will most likely feel better than you on arrival at Heathrow! :)
     
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  10. gareth_oau

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    a pair of ski boots will fit nicely into a carry-on wheelie bag.

    Take them as carry-on, then see if your English accommodation can forward them to your accommodation in Italy
     
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    I haven't done it from Heathrow, but I have done it from Vancouver. They are used to it. About 10 minutes.
     
  12. Lifes2good

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    You'll have to forgive me my pessimism. Two years ago we flew into Heathrow with the kids who had not slept a wink on the flight from Singapore. They were walking zombies. We waited to get through border control for another 90 mins. They were too tired to speak, cry, anything. It was horrible. Nothing takes 10 minutes at Heathrow. Our carry on luggage will be choccas already - we are talking about a 7 week trip with kids. Mid winter, we won't be travelling light. And we will be staying in Airbnb-type accommodation, not a hotel.

    I'll do some more research but we may end up having to lug it with us initially and then find somewhere to send it from in the UK. Even then it makes me nervous. Maybe we just have to get ourselves to Italy and drop it off first.
     
  13. me tun

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    phenergan
     
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    Except when it makes them hyperactive.
    Note to others: do a test run before an eight hour flight.
     
  15. absentskier

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    Melatonin, not phenergan.
     
  16. Hermannator

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    Wear them on the plane? :p
     
  17. Lifes2good

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    And then wear them as we travel around Europe for 5 weeks. Damn why didn't I think of that! Will keep our feet toasty warm too.

    I think we will pack the boots in a large suitcase padded with ski pants and jackets etc. May leave the helmets at home and rent those (yeah?nah?). We will find a way to airfreight the boots to my relatives in Veneto once we arrive in the UK - possibly not from the airport.
     
  18. Hermannator

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    Needs takkyubin...
     
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    that idea exists in some parts of Europe eg Zurich airport to hotel in Zermatt
    I'd reckon there might be something like that at Heathrow
    after Brexit it might well be ten times more difficult
     
  20. Hermannator

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    I think the Swiss are the only ones that do it via the SBB...
     
  21. Zimbooo

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    Have a look at post #7 in this thread. All the info is there in the link provided.
     
  22. person s

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    yep
    now that I think about it, it used to be possible to ship [by train] from Zermatt to Paris too, but it stopped just before I arrived so we lugged it
     
  23. Lifes2good

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    Except they weren't operating to Niseko when we needed it because there was too much snow.
     
  24. Hermannator

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    1st world problems I guess...
     
  25. Lifes2good

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    Aye. Was a good problem to have.
     
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    If that is the case and you have access to a laundry...pack light.

    Pack everything you want to take first. Then take half of it out. Then take anything that isn't useful for more than one type of occasion out. Then add a LBD in case you meet up with @gareth_oau and he has forgotten his.

    Simples.
     
  28. gareth_oau

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    ?????

    My LBD is the very first thing I pack
     
  29. tr+h

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    See, I needed your expert advice.....
     
  30. gareth_oau

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    so do you take the left shoe or the right shoe?
     
  31. tr+h

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    I take my shoes and leave +1's behind
     
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