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Ukulele Travel

Ashley Steevensz — Jan 29, 2015 05:43AM HST

What is the best way to transport my ukulele on a plane? Do I need to loosen strings? Does it need a humidifier?

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Michael Duke - Feb 01, 2015 at 10:50PM HST

Unlike with guitar, I don't think that loosening strings on a uke is necessary. Besides, I find that the changing pressure causes the strings to drop a full step or so: perhaps my uke is taking care of itself! In terms of using a humidifier, I travel with a laminate so it isn't an issue, although it's probably a good idea to use one with a solid wood instrument, since the air in the cabin is so dry.

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Alex Reid - Feb 08, 2015 at 10:15PM HST

* Use a hard foam or hardshell case to protect your uke in transit if you have one

* Don't check it. Ever.

In the USA, the FAA passed regulations a few years ago that allow you to take your small musical instrument on board as long as there is room, and in my experience, there's always room. If the overhead bins are full, ask if the flight attendant can place your uke in the compartment where they hang first class customers' jackets.

* Soak a solid type humidifier in water the day before you travel. I've never had problems getting those through security. (Like the Herco ones that The Ukulele Site carries)

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