It may not occur to you what your mail has to go through to get from one place to another whenever you send something out. You may think it goes from a person to a truck to another person who loads it onto yet another truck – or perhaps a plane – but once that parcel leaves your hands you don’t really know what adventures it may encounter. Here are a few things you can do to ensure your package arrives to the place you want and in the best condition possible.
Make sure to choose an appropriate packing material for the item you are sending. Documents can be placed in a waterproof envelope in case of rain or spills. Larger items need to be placed in a rigid box with a good amount of protective material to safely hold it in place. Most good boxes have gone through distribution testing and, when used properly, will hold up to whatever is thrown at them.
A parcel will not reach its intended destination if the address cannot be read clearly. Be sure to either write your shipping and return address neatly or have it printed out at home or at the post office. Be sure to remove any previous labels from the item so that there is no misinformation once it is shipped.
So many variables can affect how, or if, a package reaches its final destination. If an item is valuable, you should always upgrade and ensure it with your postal carrier. Not only will this give you peace of mind, but often this will provide you with a tracking number so you can monitor your item each step of its journey.
Follow these steps and ensure your things are securely packed and labeled. A little extra effort will make sure the things you mail have the best chance of arriving safely and unbroken.