Traveling across the country with a saxophone in your luggage is not a walk in the park, but it does not have to be rocket science either. All you need to do is learn a few basic safety measures that will prevent potential thieves from stealing your luggage while traveling by plane, bus, or car. There are many musicians who travel with their clarinet and flute packed in a backpack, crates of CDs and even saxophones. Most times, they reach their destinations safe and sound, together with their precious musical instruments. Unfortunately, there are also reported cases of airlines having cracked down on musicians with a series of policies infringing their need to travel with instruments. Needless to say these new policies have hardened traveling for any musician. If you are getting ready to travel with your saxophone or other instruments on you, here is what you should know.
Buy A Compact Case
You will need to buy a compact case for your saxophone that is perfectly molded to the shape of your instrument. This will significantly increase your chances of getting on the plane with your saxophone, or keeping it safe during potential car crashes. Soft gig bags are not recommended as they will not do much for your instrument in other luggage will be squeezed against yours, or during crashes and other mechanical trauma the case might suffer.
Add Locks To Your Luggage
No matter if you will be traveling by plane, car, or bus, it is best to add travel locks to your bags and luggage for additional protection.
Potential thieves who might be tempted to tale a sneak peak inside your bag while you are not present will want to look for another victim.
Talk to your regular fast locksmith and ask them to recommend the best types of TSA-approved locks, in case your will be traveling by plane.
You should also inquire about any additional safety devices such as a personal screaming alarm you can pack along and use whenever you feel under threat and you are unable to scream and ask for help.
Use portable locks on your hotel room so you can add an extra layer of protection to the door. These locks are made of sturdy steel and they are lightweighted and easy to install and uninstall. You can add them to the already existing locks on a door, including doors that do not have any locks on them. You will sleep more peaceful at night knowing that no one will be able to get inside your room while you are asleep or using the bathroom – including hotel personnel with a key.
Planning A Roadtrip?
If you will use a small car for your travel needs, you should make sure all the locks are working fine, including the trunk. Have a car locksmith assess all locks on the doors, including the keys, fob, and ignition switch and fix all faults and problems discovered.
Avoid peak travel times so you can save gas and enjoy a less stressful ride to your destination.