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Travel?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by Emily Burrow, Dec 5, 2018.

  1. Emily Burrow

    Emily Burrow Arachnopeon

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    I am going to be traveling a long distance because I’m moving. It will all be in car ,but I was wondering what’s the best way to transport my T?
     
  2. TownesVanZandt

    TownesVanZandt Arachnodemon Active Member

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    Just pack it as you would if you were shipping it and rehouse it when you arrive.
     
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  3. antinous

    antinous Phormic-Addict Arachnosupporter

    How large is your T? I usually line a deli cup with moist paper towels, add some holes, and put the spider in. Then I’ll put it in a small box with crunched up paper or I’ll hold it if I’m not the one driving
     
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  4. Emily Burrow

    Emily Burrow Arachnopeon

    She’s not that big she’s pretty small.
     

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  5. Teal

    Teal Arachnoking Active Member

    If you have just the one, you can pack her up as if for shipping.

    I transport my collection in their enclosures because I have so many... I move quite often and have never had a problem.
     
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  6. Paul1126

    Paul1126 Arachnobaron Active Member

    When transporting my Ts from work to home I just keep them in their enclosures.
    I just don't break heavily or turn sharply.
     
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  7. Andrea82

    Andrea82 Arachnoking Active Member

    Just a side thought... Did she molt recently? She looks very skinny...

    For the move, this video gives a good impression on how to safely transport spiders :)
     
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  8. Emily Burrow

    Emily Burrow Arachnopeon

    Yes she just molted at the beginning of last week
     
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  9. Andrea82

    Andrea82 Arachnoking Active Member

    Ugh, I see I forgot to actually link the video in my previous post...
     
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  10. Mirandarachnid

    Mirandarachnid Arachnobaron Active Member

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    When I moved years ago with my one "rose hair" (this was before I really got into the hobby) I packed it into a styrofoam cup with some crumpled up (dry) paper towel for padding. I kept the cup in the center console with a thermometer to make sure it didn't get too cold, as I was traveling in December. My truck ended up dying on top of a mountain in the middle of AZ at 2am (took a couple hours for a tow truck to get to us, then he towed us 100 miles), so it got COLD. I think the styrofoam may have helped keep the spider from getting too cold. I think if I had dampened the paper towel, it would have gotten much colder.

    Just take into account how reliable the vehicle you're riding in will be, and have some hand/foot warmers on hand just in case.
     
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  11. Tenebrarius

    Tenebrarius Arachnobaron Active Member

    put it in a deli with some thing like moist paper towel and then its ready for transport. don't forget it in the car because it will get cold in the winter time.
     
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  12. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

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    Carefully. General question gets general answer ;)
     
  13. Andrea82

    Andrea82 Arachnoking Active Member

    @cold blood why the sad rating?
     
  14. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    Sad pack job. Is that the standard in Europe?
     
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  15. Teal

    Teal Arachnoking Active Member

    The container for the T itself wasn't bad... though I don't prefer to use shallow cups. But the box packing was not what I'd like to see, for sure.
     
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  16. Andrea82

    Andrea82 Arachnoking Active Member

    I think spiders here have less time/distance for travel in the UK, and between mainland EU countries than the US. Styrofoam boxes aren't standard except when the temps are lower than 5°C.
    In the US, you ship spiders no matter what, in Europe shipping stops or is at your own risk when temps are below 5°C or above 30°C.
     
  17. Venom1080

    Venom1080 Arachnoemperor Active Member

    Seriously? What's wrong with the packing?
     
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  18. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    1. How the t was secured.

    2 The method of getting it in. This gave a good laugh.

    3. Lack of a simple insulated box.

    We hear all the time how much extra time European shipments spend in transit than here. You would think they would provide better packing, not minimalist.


    I gaurantee not only would i be dealing with DOAs with that packing, but a host of poor reviews as well. It seems we just have higher standards when it comes to shipping.

    This isnt the first time ive seen European packing that i would consider bare minimum effort.
     
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  19. Minty

    Minty Previously mmcg Arachnosupporter

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    What does US packing look like, out of interest?
     
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  20. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    smaller ones

    same thing for larger ts, just on a larger scale

    we pretty much always, regardless of conditions, provide an insulated box as the most basic part of shipping living things.
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    And doing it like this, you simply walk the t in via a funnel....no trying to just get lucky like the guy in the vid hoping it just walks in and sits all pretty....which almost never happens in real life. 20170410_141843.jpg
     
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