How To Ship Home Souvenirs When Traveling Abroad

How will you get them all home?

 

You’ve visited a completely new country, got swept up in the wonder of a whole new location, and, let’s be honest, you’ve probably gotten slightly carried away in the novelty souvenir shops around your resort. We won’t judge you because we’ve all done it!

However, with so many souvenirs that, in hindsight, you shouldn’t really have bought, how will you get them all home? Even when we’re behaving ourselves, we tend to buy a few souvenirs for family members or a cheeky one for ourselves, but what happens once you’ve gone completely overboard? What happens when the souvenirs don’t fit in your suitcase, or send it just over the weight limit? Don’t worry, because we have four tips for shipping your souvenirs home.

1. Search For The Right Courier

Yes, you probably don’t want to waste your time on holiday searching for couriers, but this is important if you want to select the right parcel delivery service to get your souvenirs to arrive back home in perfect condition.

Especially when in a foreign country, you might not be familiar with the popular couriers used there and because of this, it may be worth taking some time out to use comparison sites and find the right courier to suit your needs. Even when you’re just lying by the pool, put your book away for half-an-hour or so and make use of that free hotel WiFi to find the courier that will guarantee a safe and secure service to get your items back to your home location.

2. Be Aware Of Restrictions

Before even purchasing a souvenir from a foreign country, this should be one of first things that cross your mind. The U.K. itself has quite a lengthy list of prohibited and restricted items, all of which will either be destroyed, or worse, land you in prison.

Some countries have stricter customs than others, so don’t think they won’t notice because you’d be very wrong indeed. For example, did you know the U.S. bans Kinder Eggs? Well, if you think that is bizarre, many other countries feature their own list of unique customs restrictions that you should know about. In the end, it’s always better to double check to make sure it’s okay to ship before sending souvenirs home. After all, who wants to extend their holiday time to a nice few years of potential prison time due to a silly souvenir that you probably should never have bought in the first place?

3. Pack Several Souvenirs In One Box

If you’ve really run out of room for souvenirs in your luggage, chances are you have a mountain of them. Naturally, the more parcel delivery services that you arrange, the more of your holiday money you’ll be using to ship them all home, but you’ll be happy to know that you can reduce this cost pretty easily by packing several souvenirs into one box. This way, not only do you reduce the overall parcel delivery cost, but also you’ll be able to track all of your souvenirs at once, rather than having several parcels to track simultaneously.

And if all your souvenirs still won’t fit into one box, you could try and separate them into organized boxes. For example, if you’ve bought quite a few for your mom, pack them all into one box and ship it straight to your mom’s house!

4. Use Sufficient Packaging For Fragile Items

Some of the most popular souvenir items are made of glass or china, such as bespoke crockery or unique novelty ornaments for display cabinets. Often, these can cost quite a lot to purchase, so you definitely don’t want to waste your efforts or money risking their breaking during transit. Keep your souvenirs safe by wrapping them thoroughly in bubble wrap and packing several into one box. If there are any gaps, fill these with Styrofoam packaging ‘peanuts,’ or you can even scrunch up newspaper pages you’ve been reading by the pool!

Article written by DAMIEN TROY.

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