How to Keep Your Guitar Safe When Traveling By Air

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Whether you're moving to a new state or country, or just going on a trip with your guitar, you're going to want to keep it safe. There is tons of luggage near your guitar, and chances are, it's going to be thrown around. This can lead to immense damage or even your guitar breaking while flying on an airplane. If you want to keep your guitar safe, there's a few methods you can apply to make sure that it stays in one piece throughout the trip.

Packing Your Guitar:

The first thing you're going to do is pack up your guitar. Grab every necessary supply you want to cram into your case, and pack them up. Here are some tips to follow when packing up your guitar to make sure that you do it properly.

Think About How it Was When Received:

Think about when you first got your guitar if you ordered it online or bought it while packaged up. They managed to make the guitar and have it transported (likely through the air) safely and effectively. If your replicate what the manufacturer did, your guitar will stay safe. They know what they're doing when it comes to shipping guitars.

Try to Replicate That:

After you find out how your guitar was packaged in the past, it's time to replicate that. You can add some other safety precautions as well if you feel like things aren't very safe.

Make No Wiggle Room:

When packing up your guitar, you want to make things as tight as possible around your guitar. You don't want it to be wiggling around in your case as the flight progresses. To make sure your guitar won't move around, take newspaper or bubble wrap and pack it around your guitar. Make sure that when you finish, you can take your guitar case, swing it around, and the guitar will not move an inch. By adding the bubble wrap or newspaper, there's a soft surface surrounding the guitar as well so if it falls on anything, the damage will be minimal.

Once your guitar is packed up, there's two other things you can do to help protect your guitar when traveling. The first, is to mark your guitar as fragile. You can talk to your airlines about this when talking to them at the desk about your luggage. Explain that you have a guitar and they'll mark it as fragile for you.

If you want to go the extra mile, take out insurance on the guitar, so if it's damaged during transport, you will be refunded for the guitar. If it's your first time traveling with the guitar, this is a good idea so you can test out how safe your packing methods were.

As long as you follow the tips above, your guitar will be safe while you fly. If you aren't confident with your packing, simply get insurance on it! Hopefully this article helped you in getting your guitar ready for travel.


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