Tips for Sending Packages this Holiday Season

A brown paper package tied up with string

December is the time of year when holiday packages are at an all-time high, and we know members of our apartment community may be boxing up and wrapping up gifts to send across the country. Today Luxury Apts WNY is sharing some tips to help you get your packages on their way so they arrive in good condition and on time.

Hand-deliver When Possible

Sending cards can get expensive. Taking photos, getting them printed, and buying stationery, envelopes, and stamps all cost money. So if you have time and people who live nearby you can deliver to, make a note of that on your list. This is also a good time to greet people you may not see often.

Shipping Dates

Be aware of the mail by dates for the places you are sending packages to so you don’t end up paying for expensive expedited service. If you’re shopping online, have your gift sent directly to your recipient. Gift wrapping is often available, too.

Pack Smart

If you’re sending packages, be sure to use boxes that fit and stuff extra space in your box with packing material that is designed for the purpose like bubble wrap (no newspaper needed). Be heavy on the tape you use, especially on corners or weak spots of your box. Write the address and your return address (especially the zip code!) legibly. And ask a mail office employee if you have concerns about how long your package will take to ship.

Track Your Packages

Tracking or rerouting your packages can ease the stress of receiving packages because it lets you know when to expect your things. Track through whatever service (USPS, FedEx, or UPS) you’re using. Tracking helps you know when to adjust your schedule so your things aren’t waiting in the mail center for too long, and rerouting can be a lifesaver if you end up making last-minute changes to your holiday plans.

We hope these tips will help you get gifts to your friends and family in a timely fashion. We’re pleased to offer parcel alert at our WNY apartment communities.