We were recently approached by a new luggage rental concept called Cargo to review their offering. I was a little confused. How on earth does renting luggage work? And why would you hire luggage? But after trialling the service and actually needing to hire some luggage, I’m actually a bit of a convert.
Cargo works like this:
You visit the Cargo website, select the dates you are travelling, choose the luggage you need and book it
The luggage is delivered to your home or a DPD drop point (you are given an approximate delivery time the day before, which is helpful)
You use the luggage as you wish and then it is picked up by DPD when you return from your trip
Initially, I wasn’t sure how I’d use this service. This was until I realised I was going to need an extra suitcase to take on a trip to the Catskill Mountains in midwinter three days before departure.
Ski wear is not packing efficient. A couple of ski jackets, trousers and pairs of warm boots can take the majority of a suitcase, so you find you’ve got to take an extra suitcase to fit a week’s worth of non-ski wear, toiletries, books and so on. If you have an extra suitcase lying about, great, but if not, buying a decent suitcase starts at about £200.
By contrast, renting a large suitcase with Cargo for a week is £43 and it’s less if you need smaller carry-on luggage.
I trialled the service and found everything to go very smoothly and the luggage I was given was in immaculate condition.
We recognise this isn’t going to be a service for a prolific traveller with every shape and size luggage imaginable. However for anyone that needs an extra suitcase last minute (suitcases can be delivered within 48 hours) it is an option to consider.
Cargo very kindly gave me a free trial of their service. We have not been paid to promote them and all opinions (as always) are our own.