Re: Moving cross-country: Ship mandolin via UPS or pack in traile
Shipping it via UPS is the only way you can actually insure it, so that'd be my pick. It can't be insured as plane cargo, and it can't be insured as pod cargo.
I've flown with my mando several times, but when I do, it's my only carry-on.
1918 Gibson A, "Lillian";
1940s (?) Kay A style f hole - currently down for a refret and fretboard re-profile, my first attempts (with guidance) at lutherie.
1981 Washburn M7SN (2 point);
2011 Eastman 504, "Belle";
2012 Lafferty mahogany octave mandolin;
2012 Emando (Saga), "Hank"
1 husband, 2 dogs, 4 chickens.