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Moving abroad soon. Should I bring my all-clad frying pan with me?

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I use it almost everyday. But It's a bit heavy to bring it with me (I suppose I can put it in my check in luggage OR it can be my personal item? :P)...But if I give it to my family, nobody will use it due to its weight.

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    1. re: chefj

      UK. I looked at amazon.co.uk earlier. it seems that good quality frying pans are really expensive...(But again, most stuff in the UK is more expensive than in the US).

    2. Take it with you! It will miss you if you go alone.

      Seriously, a few things that are familiar will make the move easier, and as you use this pan everyday, it's important to your daily routine. Put it in your checked bag. List it in a "bag inventory" you keep in your carry-on just in case there's someone else who likes All-Clad, or the airline loses your luggage.

      1. Definitely bring it. Don't know why you even hesitate. I'd carry favorite knives also.

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        1. re: c oliver

          Suggest not transporting your favorite knives in your carry-on. Unless you want to have some extended discussions with those nice TSA people, ending in your gifting them your knives.

                1. re: foiegras

                  I was behind a guy who had bought a Laguiole knife in a fine wood, with a corkscrew.

                  Confess that I'm very annoyed not to be able to carry a corkscrew. I really couldn't kill someone with it. I suppose there are people who could, but there are also people who can kill someone with their bare hands.

                  1. re: lagatta

                    Why are you annoyed that you can't carry on a corkscrew? Put it in your checked bag.

                    1. re: c oliver

                      Because sometimes, it would be the only reason I'd bother with a checked bag. However, if I do that, I also bring a sharp knife or two in the checked bag.

                      1. re: lagatta

                        Looks like you CAN carry on many different kinds of corkscrews:


                        I don't think I've ever traveled without a checked bag so I never even think about it.

                        1. re: lagatta

                          Yep. I brought my knives with me as we moved to new countries. Only in my checked bag, of course.

            1. I'd definitely take my favourite things. Of course you have to be ruthless, but something you use almost every day is part of your life.

              1. Take it. Pay the extra $100 and check an extra bag. You'll need to have a few bits of home with you.

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                1. re: sunshine842

                  And the fact that OP will pay more to replace those things. A lot more.

                  1. re: c oliver

                    oh, absolutely....but there will be a day that the fact that it came from home and from your prior life that will make it far more valuable than its sale price.

                    Moving abroad is tough...it's fabulously rewarding and a great experience, but it can be really, really hard some days.

                2. I will take my beloved frying pan with me! Especially considering the overwhelming consensus here :)

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                  1. re: pydbl

                    And more too I hope. What you will pay for one extra bag is negligible compared to replacing. Have fun.

                  2. How long are you planning to live abroad? Will you have more than one (checked) bag? If you use the pan every day, or nearly, then I'd think it's something worth packing. Unless, of course, your move is A. short term, or B. continuously moving, or C. backpack trekking.

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                    1. re: KarenDW

                      I am moving there for work, so it will be long time (minimum 3-5 years). I will check in multiple bags since my employer will pay for my relocation. The primary concern for me is how to properly pack the pan, actually, because the handle of the frying pan is rather long, and i am afraid of it bending or breaking.

                      1. re: pydbl

                        "Pay for relo" -> for your company that just means a flight and bags?
                        I'd check with HR about that.

                        1. re: Kris in Beijing

                          I worked in the international division of HR for a major American corporation. When we relocated people, the sky was the limit.

                          @OP, I've found wrapping something like that in a towel and then placing with soft things over, under and around offers plenty of protection. Each country (not airline) has different rules and limits. When we had our apt in Rio, we packed huge boxes with household goods.

                    2. I've taken my only cast iron piece with me from Sri Lanka to New Zealand, Singapore, and Malaysia. It goes with me everywhere. I use it pretty much every day.

                      If you have something you love that much and use that frequently, I'd take it.

                      1. Most definitely take it with you in checked luggage. And the most used pot, also.

                        My 2 Qt. AC pot and 10 in. fry pan accompanied me on every relocation. Other items came in hold baggage. It gave me continuity when adjusting to new gas marks or electric dials. Also useful for pounding tent stakes when traveling on the cheap. (Much younger days)

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                        1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                          Ha! Pounding tent stakes.

                          I will admit that I use my 8 inch D5 AC frypan to break bones when deboning and breaking down chickens.