Don't Buy This Stuff (7)

14 January 2014

Excess Baggage Ideas

Yes we're back with our pick of what not to buy for your next holiday. Seven Seas Worldwide is one of the world's leading excess baggage companies with bases everywhere including in the UK, USA, Australia, China and Malaysia, so we know a thing or two about what you need for a successful journey abroad. And you don't need any of this.

First up is the Motion Sensitive Portable Travel Alarm. If you're worried about your belongings going walkabout in your hotel room, this bizarre little contraption offers peace of mind (for only 22 of your US Dollars). Simply tie it to any door knob or window handle and any unscheduled manhandling will be received with an ear-piercing woop-woop and flashing LED light. It's ideal for those who have trust issues, who don't mind setting it off accidentally (a requirement of all alarms) and are okay with buying one alarm for each door and window in their room.

Next up is the Kyjen Pet Travel Carrier. For just $60, you can carry your miniature canine around as if it were an ugly hairy baby. Your dog is envious of your dynamic lifestyle and wants to be with you all day long to share in your journey - both literal and metaphorical. The Kyjen Pet Travel Carrier provides the perfect answer to strapping your pet to your chest so that it feels like it's part of you - rather than a dog that does normal things like go for walks and take naps.

If you have enough money left over after hastily purchasing the last two options, may we introduce the Switchblade Travel Chopsticks. These certainly are the coolest-looking chopsticks we've seen. However, who wants cool chopsticks? Whoever asked for cool chopsticks? We may be a little presumptuous here but if you go to a restaurant where the food requires chopsticks, you should find chopsticks are provided. You don't need to whip out your own stainless steel ones like some sort of culinary James Bond. But hey, they're only $19.

The tagline for our next offer, the Washweiser Wash Bag, is 'take the party vibe into your bathroom'. Yes, for only £10, you can make friends think you've resorted to drinking lager in the bath. Does it get any better?

Finally for this blog, we have the iSafe Anti-Doze Detector. Priced at just under £6, this is a device you hook behind your ear that detects when you nod off at the wheel. If your head reaches a 15 degree angle, a 'gentle alarm' will sound, telling you it's time to take a break. Ideal for the next time you find yourself chatting to a social media marketing manager.

Posted in: Travel, Packing

A Gift for the Baby - Our New MilkMail Service

02 January 2014

Export Milk Powder To China

We at Seven Seas Worldwide are proud to announce that we can now ship baby milk powder to China. We've given this the name "MilkMail".

So what does MilkMail do and how can it help you?

Good questions. Well, if you live in the UK and you want to send milk powder to an address in China, we offer an affordable and stress-fee way of doing it. We've designed special boxes just for the job and we're very excited about them. Well, as excited as you can be about boxes.

We're calling them 'Mail Boxes' and they can hold up to 6 tins of baby milk powder with a maximum weight of 6 kg. You are only permitted to send one Mail Box per shipment. Sorry, it's the rules. Once ordered, your box will be sent by air with a transit time of 14 days.

Seven Seas Worldwide has a strong base in China and has spent nearly twenty years delivering and collecting items there. We're one of the most trusted shipping companies in the world for sending personal belongings and excess baggage to China, so if you want to get milk powder sent to China now, there's only one company to talk to.

This is what happens: similar to our regular excess baggage service, we'll deliver an empty Mail Box to your address for you to load with the milk powder of your choosing. Make sure you do it safely, securely and don't exceed the maximum weight limit otherwise that'll cause unnecessary delays (as opposed to the necessary kind). Then we'll turn up again to collect the Mail Box and send it, door-to-door, overseas to China.

That's pretty much it. And to top it off, we've got a special introductory rate of £45 per Mail Box. Amazing. Get going with your own milk powder export today.

Posted in: SSW, Shipping

You Pack the Boxes - We'll Do the Rest

13 December 2013

Packing Your Boxes

A lot of shipping and moving companies will insist on packing your boxes as part of the service. Some will tell you that unless they pack your boxes, your goods will not be insured and could be seized by customs which is not true at all. As long as your inventory corresponds with the content of the boxes, there should be no delays. And as for insurance, Seven Seas Worldwide offers 'All Risk' and 'Total Loss' shipping insurance policies that remain unaffected by the choice of box-packer. So that's cleared that up.

Seven Seas Worldwide provides the boxes and the packing materials; it's up to you to pack to your specifications. We feel this is the best way because the only person who really knows where their items belong is you. Hey, we do our best to help you along - our boxes are chemically-hardened to withstand long journeys and our parcel tape, marker pens and bubble wrap are top quality too. Oh and they're free.

Always remember not to overload our large boxes with heavy items and to evenly distribute anything weighty across several of our standard boxes. Large boxes are best for clothes, towels, linen, that sort of thing, whereas standard boxes are better for books, mugs and various household ornaments including that glass thing you got on holiday that has sentimental value but little else going for it. We've provided guides on how to pack bags, parcels and quite a lot else. They're more interesting than you might think.

You can order as many boxes as you want with Seven Seas Worldwide. Any you don't use can be handed back to the driver when they come to collect your packed boxes. Just keep them in good condition. We recommend ordering more boxes than you think you'll need because it's better to have too many than not enough, right? No matter how much you deny it, you will always have more junk than you think. Sorry, not junk - precious possessions.

So there you go. Pack as well as you can and leave the rest to us. We can ship virtually anywhere in the world, door-to-door. We're one of the best. Give us a call today or get a free online quote right now. Go on, we dare you.

Posted in: Packing, Shipping

A Little Bit Over - Managing Your Excess Baggage

05 December 2013


Last month, the Telegraph reported that Britons spend £340m a year on excess baggage fees. That's a lot of money for an extra hat or a jumper in case it gets chilly on the beach.

A recent poll of British holidaymakers revealed that one in five had been hit by an excess baggage charge at the airport with 31% of those polled admitting to removing items at the airport to avoid being charged. A quarter also revealed that they would spend over £30 on clothing while abroad due to under-packing.

It's clear that in a lot of cases, the British holidaymaker is a little unbalanced - luggage-wise. Packing can be stressful and this will sometimes lead to rash decisions over what to leave in and what to leave out. This, in turn, leads to the embarrassing spectacle of the holidaymaker on their hands and knees, scratching their heads over an open suitcase as if it were a logic puzzle.

Many travellers are unaware of the companies in place to help them avoid such awkward and financially-troubling scenarios. And without wishing to blow our own trumpet (though it is a nice trumpet and it'd be a shame not to blow it), one of the most popular is Seven Seas Worldwide.

Seven Seas Worldwide is an excess baggage company; it's what we do. If a holidaymaker so chooses, he or she can store extra clothes (or any other holiday item) into our free boxes and leave it to us to send them ahead to their holiday destination, virtually anywhere in the world, door-to-door. In fact, if the holidaymaker wishes to be really smug- Sorry, sensible, they can leave Seven Seas Worldwide to transport all their baggage, door-to-door. Imagine breezing through the airport with just hand luggage, a book, a bottle of water and nothing to check in. Sounds sweet, doesn't it?

Seven Seas Worldwide offers a range of services so that checking-in doesn't have to be a chore. If you're off on a trip soon, get in touch or grab a free online quote. Better that than end up paying the airline to ship it for you. Cheeky airlines.

Posted in: Travel, Holidays, Packing

Turning a Household Removal into a Spring Clean - Getting Rid of Stuff

30 November 2013

From Household Removal To Spring Clean

Readers of the Telegraph may have chanced upon this article by Ed Cumming a couple of weeks ago about the trauma associated with helping your loved one move house - principally the girlfriend. Though it is a little late to highlight where Ed went wrong, we thought it worth letting him know that a simple chat with Seven Seas Worldwide would have alleviated his bed pillow-based suffering.

At Seven Seas Worldwide, we offer a service called the MoveCube, a container of varying sizes which turns up at your front door on a trailer. Once you've packed it to your specifications, we'll take it away again and transport it to your new address. Now the MoveCube is no removals lorry but if you want to downsize - or force your partner to - our creation is the perfect answer to self-discipline. If there's no room for that third box of scented candles, perhaps you should leave them behind.

The problem with moving house is that although it often promises a new and exciting chapter in one's life, it's also a pain in the neck and inflicts staggering levels of stress at every stage. If it wasn't for this, we'd probably afford ourselves the time to have a good look through our possessions and perhaps be a tad more ruthless about what we take on the journey. As it is, we box up and push out because we haven't the time to be so studious.

However, moving home is the perfect time to have a good old spring clean. And there's nothing more therapeutic than unravelling a roll of black bin liners and getting around a dozen bulging by lunchtime. The MoveCube compels you to be sensible. Unlike a dirty great removals lorry which invites you to chuck stuff in the back as if it were a skip on wheels, the MoveCube teases out the inner-Tetris player. We'll send you free, chemically-hardened cardboard boxes to help you pack your items successfully and safely. After that, it's up to you to position them as best you can in the MoveCube. The feeling of satisfaction will be palpable as your snazzy white MoveCube drives away, bound for your new home and new life.

So, Ed, should the time come when you and your girlfriend move in together, remember to do it with a MoveCube. Oh and if you mention us, we'll throw in a free Seven Seas Worldwide bed pillow.

Posted in: Packing, Moving Home