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Each airlines have their own requirements for the size/weight limits and fees for luggage. Please check with your airline operator what is your allowance before packing your stuff, because overweight fees are usually very expensive. In the case if you are using more than one airlines, please, make sure to check both of them. The luggage allowance for the international flights is usually higher than in the flights within the country. Note, budget airlines, such as Ryan Air and Easy Jet are incredibly strict about luggage allowance and will charge even if your luggage is slightly overweight.
Some of the travellers face luggage delays. It can take about 24-72 hours to get you luggage back. Therefore, to avoid inconvenience, please put the following items into you carry-on bag:
essential personal items (toiletries, medicine, etc.)
your local address abroad
last minute check list
Shipping Packages abroad
We don't recommend you to mail packages abroad, unless it is not something urgent, as it is very expensive, because you will be required to pay a customs. If you decided to send something, you will be asked to complete customs form and declare the value of your parcel (The higher the declare value the higher the tax will be). There are some of the fastest and most reliable companies we would recommend you: DHL, FedEz, UPS.
Note: you are responsible for all your packages. Neither SSE, your host family, accommodation nor you university will accept packages for you to pay if you absent. Items will be just shipped back and that will be you responsibility.
Overnight from the US does not mean overnight in the UK. If someone send you overnight parcel from the US it may takes 2 and more business days to receive it in the UK.