How To Ship A DuffelDo you advise shipping luggage to and from RAGBRAI? Absolutely. Airlines continue to raise fees for the first and second pieces of checked luggage. These fees are flat rates, one price regardless of distance. Depending on distance, FedEx Ground may be less expensive than or on par with the cost of checking your second bag with an airline. Some RAGBRAI charters, including Pork Belly Ventures, allow each client two bags (RAGBRAI allows only one bag for those using the Des Moines Register baggage transport service). Few people would pack and ship clothing and toiletries ahead of time, but they do save money and hassle by shipping the camping duffel, with tent, sleeping bag, Thermarest pad, flashlighteven the bike helmet. Shipping luggage has always been convenient, but now it can be about same price as checking a second piece of luggage on your flight to Iowa.
How is my bag measured and weighed to ship with SendMyBike.com? The simplest way to arrive at a uniform measurement is to use standard-sized boxes to ship your duffel bag. For shipping, you can partially unpack your duffel so that everything, duffel and contents, will fit into your box.
What are the standard box sizes? The medium size is 18" X 18" X 16" or 3 cubic feet, with a maximum weight of 40 lbs. The larger size is 18" X 18" X 24" or 4.5 cubic feet, with a maximum weight of 60 lbs. Using these standard box sizes, you can order your shipping label easily.
Where can I get a medium or a large box for shipping my duffel? You have several options. You may find a UHaul location near you, or try a Home Depot where you can purchase these boxes for a few dollars each. You may find other retail outlets where these boxes are available. (The dimensions dont have to be exact, as long as the cubic measurement does not exceed that of the 3 cubic feet for a medium box, or 4.5 cubic feet for a large box
What if the weight of my box exceeds the maximum weight listed above? Just contact us so that we can customize your label and price.
What if I want to ship a duffel that does not fit inside a standard box? Please contact us and provide the dimensions and weight of your duffel. We can customize your shipping labels to and from Iowa.
What do airlines charge for overweight baggage? Most airlines draw the line at 50 lbs, and a duffel over 50 lbs will incur an overweight charge. Click on "Airline Baggage Fees" to see what your airline charges for overweight bags. Generally, you'll pay an additional fee of $50 to $125 for an overweight bag on a major domestic carrier.
If I box my duffel for shipping, may I re-use my box for return shipping? Yes. When you claim your shipped box in the start town, just empty it, flatten it, and make sure it is marked clearly with your name. We will save your box until ride's end, so that you can use it again for return shipping.