How to Travel with a Musical Instrument

Playing a musical instrument is a great way to meet new friends and pass the time while traveling. But hauling it around with you for the duration of your trip might be a difficult task. Instruments are fragile, expensive, and if you play anything larger than a harmonica, extremely cumbersome to pack.

But the truth is, taking an instrument on your trip doesn’t have to be complicated.

Whether you’re taking a bus cross country or heading over international waters by plane, there are a few simple tips to help keep your instrument safe. So don’t fret (pun intended), because you’ll be jamming out to your favorite tunes and serenading your friends in no time.

Protect Your Musical Instrument from Damage

Although this may seem like obvious advice, you should always protect your instrument while traveling. The best option is to pick a hard case with extra padding on the inside. And if you’re short on cash, bubble wrap is an excellent alternative for keeping your instrument padded and protected!

If you’re traveling with an instrument made out of wood, add a layer of protection by putting a humidifier inside the case. It will keep your instrument from getting dry and possibly cracking, something you definitely don’t want happening!

Purchase Travel Insurance

Your instrument is probably one of the most valuable things you’ll take with you on your trip. And let’s face it, even the most expensive items can be lost or damaged.

A good travel insurance policy will reimburse you in case something happens to your instrument. So if your violin is stolen from the undercarriage of a bus or carelessly tossed into the plane by the baggage handler, you can rest easy knowing it’s covered by your insurance policy.

Swap to a Travel-Friendly Instrument

If you don’t want to risk damage to your favorite instrument, purchase one you can specifically use for travel.

Instead of lugging around a $5,000 custom made guitar, opt for a $100 model. Or consider a travel-sized version like a ukelele. According to Musician Authority, ukuleles are small and portable, making them the ultimate travel instrument.

Book an Extra Seat

Although it’s not the most cost-efficient option out there, booking an extra seat for your instrument guarantees that you can keep an eye on it all times. And in some cases, this might be your only option if you’re traveling with a large instrument like a cello or a tuba.

If you check in your instrument as a piece of luggage, you have no idea if it’s flung, hurled, or lobbed into the plane. And if your instrument is expensive and irreplaceable, booking it’s very own seat might be worth the investment.

As you can see, there are ways to comfortably (and confidently) travel around the world with an instrument at your side. By taking these extra precautions, you can keep your instrument safe and protected. And that hits all the right notes.