We have all been there… Wanting to go on vacation with our musical instrument but not knowing if it will be handled correctly or if it is the best thing to do. Luckily for you, we came across a great list of tips by the Incorporated Society of Musicians. So, keep on reading!
September 19th, 2019
1. Check the airline’s hand luggage policy
Of course, this applies only to small instruments such as a violin, flute, guitar, and so on. Thus, check if the airline allows you to take your instrument on board and if there are individual compartments.
2. Think about purchasing an extra seat
If you’re carrying larger instrument larger including a cello or a harp, consider purchasing an additional seat and ask for written confirmation that this is OK.
3. Pack your instrument in a hard case
Always pack your instrument in a hard case, even if you’re taking it as hand luggage. It is better to spend a few dollars on a sturdy case than to have to regret it later.
4. Remove all other items from the case
Removing all other items form the case may seem like a no brainer, but make sure your instrument is packed alone and all accessories are correctly stored this will reduce the risk of damages.
5. Loosen the strings
If your instrument has strings, loosen them a tone or two to allow for temperature changes – this will ease any tension and prevent accidents.
6. Be prepared for your instrument to go through security
In an ideal world, your instrument would only be handled by you. But in reality, security guards will probably need to inspect it. Thus, be prepared for this to happen.
For more useful tips on how to travel with a musical instrument, click here.
This article is a re-post, with small modifications, of “10 tips for flying with your musical instrument” an article published on www.classicfm.com