Sending parcels while travelling can be difficult – not to mention expensive. If you travel a lot, whether you’re a serial-vacationer or a well seasoned backpacker, then you may have already encountered this problem.
There are a number of reasons you might want to ship or receive a parcel while abroad. It could be that your backpack or suitcase are just too full, so you decide to post presents home. Or perhaps you’ve jetted off for long-term travel and realised you’ve left something behind.
Whatever the reason, if you need to send a parcel while you’re abroad, here are tips to help you save money.
Reduce the Size
Most shipping companies charge based on dimensions as well as weight, meaning the larger the parcel, the more expensive it will cost to ship. To reduce the cost, try to reduce the size. However, when doing this, remember that your item(s) need to be properly packaged and protected, as your parcel will go through several sorting and handling stages.
Restrictions and Customs
Every country has their own restriction and prohibited items, so to save yourself time and a lot of hassle, make sure you’re familiar with these before posting. It’s also important to be aware of customs too. The recipient may have to pay customs charges at the other end, so find out how much these will be and fill in customs paperwork accurately to avoid extra costs.
Include A Return Address
This is such an easy mistake to make but one that can be very expensive. If you send a parcel without a return address and for any reason it can’t be delivered, the parcel could become lost. To make sure your package will always arrive safely, write a return address so that if the recipient can’t be reached, it will be returned to you, free of charge.
Tracking or Insurance
If you’re sending something that’s really important or valuable, it’s worth paying the extra for a tracked or insured service. This will allow you to make sure the parcel has arrived, or in the event that it becomes lost, you can claim for its worth. Although these services cost a little more, it’s better than being out of pocket in the long run.
Reliable Shipping Company
In addition to tracking and insurance, when selecting a shipping company to send your parcel abroad, choose a large brand. This is important as larger companies – like Whistl – often have more competitive prices and a larger network, helping you to save money while also providing a fast and reliable service.
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