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Traveling with medical equipment in checked baggage

First, if it fits in or as a carry-on and you can manage it, I highly recommend you keep it with you. Many airlines will offer a carry-on limit exemption for medical devices though you may have to ...
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How do I transport fragile items?

The original packaging boxes are a good place to begin; your monitor survived its journey from the factory to your house in that box. Your main concern will be about protecting the box from other ...
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How do I transport fragile items?

The best it to have the original box. This usually comes with styrofoam that fit the shape exactly of the monitor. Within it the monitor is inside a large anti-static bag and I plastic wrap the box ...
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Does declaring your baggage as fragile do anything good?

Let's put it this way: it doesn't hurt. The terms & conditions of any airline will already disclaim as much responsibility as possible for any luggage damaged in transit, the waiver is just an ...
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How to pack a desktop PC for overseas travel?

A never failing recipe: Backup your data to an online storage, maybe more than one, and/or on an SD card. Recent SD cards have an impressive capacity. Check that you can retrieve your data and that ...
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Why would I want a hard-shell suitcase (for air travel)?

Ignoring things like aesthetics, personal taste, etc, it's more or less what you said: you seem to be trading protection against pressure for protection against being thrown around ...but of ...
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Desireable form of container for transporting cans of beer in luggage

Socks, put the beers in socks and/or roll them in your own cloths. On a side note, I would not put a laptop in check-in luggage if possible. Take it with you as a carry-on.
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Traveling with medical equipment in checked baggage

I quite often fly with a CPAP machine in my checked luggage (and less often as carry-on), and I've never had a problem with it. I will be doing so later today, and don't anticipate any problems (...
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Can I take balloons on a flight?

The TSA Can I Bring?, impressively, has entries for both Balloons (inflated) and Balloon (uninflated). For Balloon (inflated) it says: You may transport this items in carry-on or checked baggage. ...
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How to pack a desktop PC for overseas travel?

As someone who recently shipped a desktop PC internationally, I would suggest getting proper packing material for the desktop. Mine did not have proper packaging and just used various fabric items (...
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How to pack a desktop PC for overseas travel?

Having moved my computer by plane, train, and automobile, I would highly recommend removing the GPU and the heat sink over your CPU. These are really the only pieces heavy and loosely attached enough ...
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Traveling with medical equipment in checked baggage

You need to be aware that you have a risk of about 2 to 3 in 1000 of a bag being lost or delayed. If not having the medical equipment for a few days would be a serious problem, that may be an ...
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How to pack a desktop PC for overseas travel?

Speaking from actual experience dealing with this type of thing, unless things are actually loose inside the case, the internal components are unlikely to be significantly affected, provided that the ...
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Desireable form of container for transporting cans of beer in luggage

One consideration is protecting the bottle, and other posters have suggested socks, clothes, or bubble wrap for this - perfectly sensible. However, you may also be interested in protecting the ...
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Flying with motorcycling gear

There's a great guide on how to fly with motorcycle gear psoted on Ride Apart, which goes through all the questions you asked point by point. Starting with the type of luggage, it suggests a duffel ...
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Can I take a 24" computer monitor on board?

I successfully managed to bring a 24" monitor home by air traveling, in 2011. This one: But of course not in its original, unopened box. Right after I bought it, I was a bit worried: "how could I ...
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How to pack a desktop PC for overseas travel?

I'm an experienced (and old :-)) professional electrical engineer. Removing plug in cards would be a wise precaution, but unlikely to be essential. I would expect that the PC would PROBABLY be OK with ...
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Is there plastic wrapping center at Stuttgart Airport?

The official website of Stuttgart airport (STR) lists a service they call Wrap&Fly. Opening hours according to the website are Monday through Sunday 5.30am to 6pm. The service is located at ...
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Desireable form of container for transporting cans of beer in luggage

Socks as @max said are a great idea. Tons Plastic bubble wrap ( that's what i did). all my guiness bottles and cans sustained a high atmospheric flight due to a storm from dublin to barcelona ...
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How to pack a desktop PC for overseas travel?

Antistatic bags are essentially faraday cages. That means the electric field inside the bag will be zero, as its covered by a conductive film. In order to make it work, you have to cover each ...
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Flying with fragile items on KLM

First, Give KLM a call and ask them for guidance. The problem with taking them with you as carry on is that you will need to put them somewhere (overhead bins), and make certain other passengers will ...
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How do I transport fragile items?

An original box will only survive a few times. They are designed to ship to the end user once and maybe for return to the manufacture. The proper option is a hard case with foam inside cut to fit the ...
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How can I safely pack a printer in checked baggage?

Travel is not kind to printers..... For ink jet printers, you'd need to at the very least brace the print head so that it can't move, otherwise it can move side to side and smash itself against the ...
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Bicycle helmet and backpack as carry-on in the US?

I have done this many times with a standard roll-away suitcase. I see no reason that a backpack would be different. I have always joked that if anyone hassles me, I will wear the helmet, and say I ...
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