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Luggage Storage I am arriving at SJPP with my suitcase. How do I ship it to Santiago?

Discussion in 'Casa Ivar in Santiago' started by ivar, Feb 21, 2017.

  1. ivar

    ivar Administrator Staff Member Donating Member

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    The question was:

    I am arriving at SJPP with my suitcase. How do I ship it to Casa Ivar in Santiago?

    You have a few options:
    • Ship it from the post office in SJPP (see here for opening hours). The suitcase needs to be locked and I would recommend to also wrap it in kitchen wrap (plastic). I would also recommend to print out my address and place this label under the plastic, so that if the label the post office ads to the suitcase (on the outside of the plastic) falls off, you still have an address label under the plastic as backup. One or twice a year we have problems located luggage from France where the post office address label has fallen off, and the destination address is not visible anywhere.. the french post office works fine, but if there is a problem, and we need to contact their customer service it gets complicated. Let's say that there is none, unless you are in france and can stop by a post office.
    • Use www.SendMyBag.com . With them you schedule the pickup at a hotel/pension and they will come and pick it up and ship it to Santiago. A bit more pricy I think, but everything is in english + there is a tracking number.
    • http://www.expressbourricot.com/ offers a luggage shipping service that might be an alternative.
    • You can find another shipping company recommended by locals in SJPP... as I have mentioned before, for me it is the same how you send it. I will store what I receive.
    Please do not send anything from outside the EU since it will get stuck in customs!

    Hope this helps!
    Ivar
     
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  2. Rick of Rick and Peg

    Rick of Rick and Peg Veteran Member Donating Member

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    Hope this helps too.

    Ivar, I suggest adding the following to your post and then deleting this one.

    Not all countries in Europe are members of the EU. If you are not sure check before sending anything.

    Also add more information inside the luggage in case all the outside addresses get lost or become unreadable. Besides indicating that the luggage was intended to be shipped to Casa Ivar (with address and phone information) add your own contact information such as your mobile phone number and email address.
     
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    t2andreo Veteran Member Donating Member

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    In addition to all the good suggestions here, you can use Express Bourricot to ship a suitcase from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Sanitago. It is not cheap, but it is highly reliable, safe, and IMHO convenient. See their website, at: http://www.expressbourricot.com/

    The proprietor, Caroline, speaks English very well. They will pick up from your lodgings at Saint Jean Pied de Port the day you leave. When you arrive at Santiago a month or so later, your bag is stored in a locked room at a hostal there.

    Easy peasy!

    I have used this service twice and can attest to the easer of use.

    I hope this helps.
     
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    poogeyejr Active Member

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    I had a great experience mailing to Ivar from Pamplona and picking up in Santiago a week and a half later.
    Thank you for this service Ivar!

    Kathy
     
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    rba New Member

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    Is it possible to mail luggage from Lisbon to Santiago?
     
  6. trecile

    trecile Veteran Member Donating Member

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    Thanks. That does sound nice and easy!
    Do you have to prepare your suitcase in any special way? And do you know if there is a size limit?
    I had been planning on shipping it with Correos either from Madrid before I take the train to Pamplona, or from Pamplona before I take the bus to St Jean. But simply dropping it off with Express Bourricot sounds much easier.
     
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    Depending on size/weight it can be quite expensive from SJPdP. Because it crosses an international border?
    I met a pilgrim who had forwarded his suitcase from St Jean, via Jacotrans, to the accommodation he had pre-booked in Pamplona.
    When he arrived in Pamps he sent it from the Post Office.
    Regards
    Gerard
     
  8. trecile

    trecile Veteran Member Donating Member

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    According to the Express Bourricot site, it costs 70€ to send a suitcase, up to 7̶0̶kg (oops! that should be 20kg) from SJPDP to Santiago, where they will store it until you arrive weeks later. It is spendy, but there is no additional storage charge in Santiago. I'm thinking that for the convenience it could be worth the money.
     
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    I DID say it was not cheap. However it is convenient.

    You just need to lock the bag and make sure it has a luggage tag on it. Express Bourricot works with your hotel desk person to collect payment, arrange a pickup time, etc.

    IMHO, this is the easiest way to send stuff ahead to Santiago from SJPdP. You pay for that convenience and peace of mind.

    Only Express Bourricot personnel handle your bag. The post and parcel services are never involved.

    I hope this helps.
     
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    I believe it's 70€ for up to 20kg, not 70kg. :)
     
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    trecile Veteran Member Donating Member

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    You're right! I must have been stuck on that 7 key. :rolleyes:
     
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    What about if I want to send my suitcase from Leon to Santiago? I understand Express Bourricot only moves luggage from SJDP to Santiago. So can anyone tell me the best way if I am starting from Leon? Should I just use Correos? How long with the PO hold it? I am probably taking about 18 days to walk to Santiago?
     
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    Send it to Casa Ivar in Santiago
    https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/luggage-storage-questions.45692/
     
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    Thanx Ivar, this is a great help and we have plenty of options, so we'll probably send the bag from Paris straight to in Santiago, bit I need an address and postcode/Zip code, and do I pay for storage when we finally get there?
     
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    Hi there,

    The address to send it to is:

    Ivar Rekve
    ATT: [Your name goes here]
    Travesía da Universidade 1
    15704 Santiago de Compostela
    La Coruña
    Spain

    ...the zip code would be 15704.

    More here:
    http://www.casaivar.com/luggage-storage-in-santiago-de-compostela/sending-instructions.html

    ..and yes, you pay the storage fee once you pick it up. During the summer season you can pay with a card or cash. Winter season (off season) cash only.

    Buen camino!
    Ivar
     
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    I'm not sure why you're taking a suitcase, but I've found it less expensive simply to purchase a suitcase in Santiago where they have a fantastic luggage shop.
     
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    Can I get my suitcase shipped to Santiago from Paris?
     
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    Yes, you can use the post office there.. the same way as in SJPP. Be aware that other post offices (than SJPP) might not be used to people shipping things like suitcases by mail. They will most likely ask you to wrap it somehow (it depends on the clerk that you get).
     
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    Hi, what can one do when arriving on Sunday evening and want to start walking Monday morning. How can I ship my luggage to Santiago easiest on a Sunday evening?
     
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    It's more expensive, but the Express Bourricot option mentioned above would probably be perfect for you.
    http://www.expressbourricot.com/luggage-transport/
     
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    This is very helpful information as i was just thinking this. I wil. Most likely have a duffel bag with a few items that daughtr and i have used prior to our camino in oairs and will need or want wgain in santiago. Seems like i can ship from st jean to ivan or use one of theo ther services
     
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    Express buorricot worked so well.
     
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    I'm happy to hear that. Have you already picked up you bag in Santiago? If so, how did that go?
     
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    If i choose to go the ship to Ivar route via postal service from st jean. Is it a good assumption i could find a box. I will have a lightweight duffle and this alone would not be good to go throu postal system, i think
     
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    Also is the pick up location. Easy to find, ie near the cathedral or otheriwse not far from the camino( not sure why that would be important after having just walked 500 miles...)
     
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    The boxes that they sell at the post office are not the largest. About 40x30x20 cm. I know some people get boxes from the supermarket close by.

    My pickup location is in old town Santiago, about 300 meters from the cathedral. I also offer drop off if you are staying at a pension/hotel in old town.
     
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    May I assure you that Ivar does a fine job looking after forwarded items.
    I just collected mine and there were no problems.
    You´ll just need a tourist map of Santiago and to follow the instructions he will send you.
    Regards
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