Packing

Packing 101: The Definitive Guide for Packing your Grabs

August 3, 2016

With summer in full swing, now is the perfect time to plan an epic vacay. Whether you’re a planner or a last-minute type of traveler, the art of packing is something all wanderers need to master.

We asked Grabr co-founder, Artem Fedyaev, to give us some insider tip on how to pack like a Grabr pro. Whether you’re jetting off to the Miami heat or cooling off in Buenos Aires, these 6 packing hacks will save you significant space and earn you some serious cash.

To avoid the potential for theft, place gadgets in your carry-on rather than a checked bag. Typically, if an item is valued at more than $500, I don’t take the risk. I also take it out of the packaging to save space and keep it close to me (think pockets, purse). You can always condense the packaging and slip it in between your clothing, etc. That way, when you’re settled in at your hotel, you can repackage everything up and voila! Good as new.

If you think it’s strange to be traveling with several gadgets at once, don’t be. Coming from a city like San Francisco, where tech reigns supreme, it’s pretty much the norm. Even when I’m not delivering grabs, I never leave home without my laptop and smartphone.

Bringing food from one country to another is actually quite common. Depending on the food, I either keep it in my carry-on or pack it safely in my checked bag. Tupperware works too, if you have it. The important thing is to keep the food fresh (i.e. in its packaging) and avoid it getting squished by other items. Clothing can serve as extra padding, so wrap a few t-shirts or jackets around the package.

Many treats, like Laduree macarons from Paris, are good for up to three days. That said, food pickups should be the last thing on your shopping list and your first delivery. The fresher, the better. Plus, you can buy many items at the Duty Free section of the airport so remember to check Grabr again once before taking off. There might be additional items that you can pick up and earn extra rewards.

Wine is definitely over the 3 fl. Oz carry-on limit, so you’ll need to check bottles in larger suitcase. Take advantage of spare clothing, as they act as extra padding for the bottles. If you think your suitcase will cost extra because of the added weight, you can reflect that in your traveler reward request.

Also, remember to pack wine bottles in the center of your bag rather than the sides. Why? Well, think about momentum and all that wear and tear that can happen en route. Ever seen airport Baggage Handlers tossing luggage from the cart to the plane? Yeah, that doesn’t end well. Impact like that can make your bottle break and spill all over your clothes.

Once in awhile, you might accept a grab that’s awkward to pack…like skis (more on that later) or an entire set of hockey gear. One time, I accepted a grab of an R2D2 statue, not realizing how big it was. When it came time for packing, one of the three legs fell off. At first, I thought it was broken but after taking a closer look, I noticed that all three legs were removable. So, I took the other two legs off so that it could fit in my bag. Before delivering it to the shopper, I assembled it back together.

For other heavy items like a KitchenAid blender (yes, it happened) remember to place them at the bottom of your suitcase when it’s standing up. Otherwise, other items can get squished, or weighed down.

Since shoeboxes and iPhone cases are bulky and difficult to cram into your suitcase, unpacking items is usually a must. That said, you should still give the customer a great Grabr experience. What does this mean? In some cases, you can keep the packaging and put it back together, so to speak. Otherwise, add a personal touch by placing it in a gift bag or the like.

For items like shoes, you can keep some of the packaging in place, like the tissue paper found inside. I often keep the packaging on shirts and slacks too, because it keeps the items clean and ironed.

Ready to deliver skis? Here’s a screencap of exactly how one Grabr traveler made it happen. Of course, most requested items are small and easy to fit in your suitcase but special items call for extra creativity. Having a good attitude doesn’t hurt either.

Before packing for your trip, communicate the logistics with the shopper. Does he know that you’ll be unpacking his iPhone for the flight? Will you be charged for an overweight suitcase? It’s better to nail down the details before you take-off so that it’s smooth “sailing” from there.

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