Rug as checked luggage

Old Aug 17, 19, 12:23 pm
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Rug as checked luggage

Hi all.
Weird question, I know.
Iíll be flying from France (BOD) to Gatwick in ET next week.
Given my status I can take up to 2 checked luggages at 32kg each max.

I have been given a rug and Iím wondering how I could fly it back. It measures 2mx3m and weights appx 20 kgs.
If I roll it, it will be 2mx40cmx40cm.
Could this be considered as a checked luggage as part of my luggage allowance? Or is it too much of a stretch?

I flew my bike a free years ago without any issues but I guess it was a sports equipment.

Thank you.
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Old Aug 17, 19, 12:43 pm
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The issue is the length. Normal bags can measure a maximum of up to 90 x 75 x 43cm (as per BA.com). Sporting equipment can be up to 190 x 75 x 65cm, so I'm afraid the rug is a bit too long; don't know about BOD or LGW, but in LHR the out of gauge hoists are cleared to up to 2 meters of length; anything more than that risks getting stuck/ruined.
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Old Aug 17, 19, 12:57 pm
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Is there an over-size option?

I’ve often pondered about buying something ‘large’ and bottled out!
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Old Aug 17, 19, 1:01 pm
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Loosely fold it in half lengthways then fold / roll it up then wrap in lots of bubble wrap?
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Old Aug 17, 19, 1:02 pm
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I did once see a family try to check in a Toyota car door wrapped in bubble wrap at Bandar Seri Begawan once.

Unsuccessfully I hasten to add. 😆
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Old Aug 17, 19, 1:14 pm
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Originally Posted by FoxtrotOscar View Post
I did once see a family try to check in a Toyota car door wrapped in bubble wrap at Bandar Seri Begawan once.

Unsuccessfully I hasten to add. 😆
In my check-in days I tagged TV screens, a bundle containing twenty Argos catalogues and a bog (as in the ceramic toilet pan, sans toilet seat). It was rolled twice in bubble wrap and transparent tape, but a bog nonetheless.
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Old Aug 17, 19, 1:53 pm
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I have done with with a rug that size - as mentioned above, fold instead of roll. I actually managed to put it into a large suitcase, avoiding therefore any hassle related to it being "special" luggage, damage etc.
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Old Aug 17, 19, 3:02 pm
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Originally Posted by ung1 View Post
I have done with with a rug that size - as mentioned above, fold instead of roll. I actually managed to put it into a large suitcase, avoiding therefore any hassle related to it being "special" luggage, damage etc.
Iíve done this as well coming back from Turkey. Definitely fold and put in a large suitcase
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Old Aug 18, 19, 12:55 am
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Rugs and spare tires

In the nineties I commuted on Norwegian Domestic flights (mostly BU) and I then carried my winter tires (wrapped in plastic) as checked luggage. They fell just within weight limits
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As for rugs, I agree that they should be folded. I have transported rugs in soft bags, including a 2x3 m
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Old Aug 18, 19, 1:29 am
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In my check-in days I tagged TV screens, a bundle containing twenty Argos catalogues and a bog (as in the ceramic toilet pan, sans toilet seat). It was rolled twice in bubble wrap and transparent tape, but a bog nonetheless.
i trust you sent them to Oversized Boggage!
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Old Aug 18, 19, 2:03 am
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Originally Posted by FoxtrotOscar View Post


i trust you sent them to Oversized Boggage!
I was about to say it fitted the gauge then... I re-read. Well played sir!
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Old Aug 18, 19, 3:51 am
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Originally Posted by ung1 View Post
I have done with with a rug that size - as mentioned above, fold instead of roll. I actually managed to put it into a large suitcase, avoiding therefore any hassle related to it being "special" luggage, damage etc.
+1. I have also done this with quite a thick rug of a similar size. .
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Old Aug 18, 19, 5:14 am
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Thanks all for responding. Thatís really helpful. Iíll try to find it and see how big it gets.
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Old Aug 18, 19, 5:39 am
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Thanks all for responding. That’s really helpful. I’ll try to find it and see how big it gets.
Make sure you waterproof it properly in plastic (thick plastic bags for wheelie bins work pretty well). Wet rugs can start smelling like a wet dog and takes ages to dry (and that wet dog smell is really hard to get rid of) and you never know when your luggage may be left outside in pouring rain!
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Old Aug 18, 19, 6:37 am
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In the past I have taken roller blinds and a garden umbrella in a ski bag (at different times I might add!). I guess they were within the 190cm limit but it could have been an old ski bag from the days when skis were over 2m.... and no-one even asked why I was taking Ďskisí to PHX. But doubt you have a ski bag lying around in BOD to give that a try.
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