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It is not easy to protect fragile items while travelling. Many people have had the unpleasant experience of opening their suitcase after arriving at their destination, only to find that something fragile has gotten broken, chipped or otherwise damaged. While most airlines provide “Fragile” stickers that can be pasted on the luggage, the fact is that baggage handlers often do not handle fragile items with as much care and gentleness as would be idea. For this reason, one may want to consider purchasing one of the many pelican cases available for sale online and at various luggage stores.
A pelican case is similar to a hard shell suitcase in that it has a hard exterior. However, these cases also have padding on the inside that is sure to protect any delicate or valuable item that one may need to check in at the airport. Cases of this nature can be used to transport valuable electronics, glassware, antiques and other valuables. Most of these cases also have a secure locking device.
Pelican cases are not expensive, although the exact cost of a case will depend on the brand name and where it is purchased from. Most small to medium sized cases cost from $20 to $100, although some specialized ones cost a fair bit more. Wheeled pelican cases are very convenient; such cases currently cost anywhere from $110 up to $150 each.
Other Tips on Protecting Fragile Items
If at all possible, it is best to carry fragile items in carry on luggage. This may not always be possible, but it can be done in most instances. Remember, airlines are not liable for damaged items in most instances. Unless one takes out insurance that covers lost or damaged items, anything that is broken by baggage handlers will be one’s own loss.
If the items in question must be placed in the check in luggage, then one should make sure the items are a snug fit. If there is room for the items to move around, then the chances of the items breaking or being damaged is quite high. Delicate items can be wrapped in newspaper, clothes or even one’s towel. The more “padding” an item has, the less likely it is to break. Furthermore, hiding an item with a lot of padding makes it less likely that the item will be stolen from the luggage.
When travelling with valuable fragile items, it is important to do all that is humanly possible to ensure that the items do not break or get damaged while in transit. Purchasing one or more pelican cases can be a good idea, as these cases are made to protect items that would otherwise get damaged by careless baggage handlers. Ideally, one should purchase a carry on pelican case and take fragile items as carry on. However, if this is not possible, one should invest in a wheeled pelican case. These cases get rave reviews from those who have used them and are simple yet practical way of protecting one’s luggage.