Christmas is the busiest period for post, as many people send parcels and cards to ensure they reach friends and family before the festive cheer comes to a close.
Making Sure They Arrives On Time
Royal mail has recommended and released last posting dates in order to miss the Christmas rush. For those of you keeping your mail in the UK, Tuesday the 18th of December for Second class mail would be the last recommended date. For those who enjoy first class, you can dawdle for an extra 2 days, and post your mail on the 20th.
If you’re sending your mail overseas, the earlier the better. Dates and months vary from country to country, so they will need to be sent around October/November time.
In the weeks leading up to Christmas, Royal mail will be out later in the day and evenings, starting from the 12th of November to the 24th of December, to help make sure packages make it under the tree in time.
Wrapping and Packing
For Christmas, no gift is the same, so wrapping and packing can be difficult. Here are a few general tips for safe and secure packaging.
· Use a padded envelope for sharp edges or odd shapes.
· Try to make sure fragile items don’t touch each other, or the side of the container.
· Use a ‘FRAGILE’ stick if necessary.
· Make sure that outer containers are strong enough to hold the contents.
· Fill out containers with cushioning material, bubble-wrap or polystyrene chips for example.
· Write a return address on the item.
· Put a small note with contact name, address and telephone number inside the package.
· Seal the package securely, tape along all edges and openings.
· Flatten any sharp edges, and cover them with tape.
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