recieving mail on the road

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by LemonyLeprosy, Nov 10, 2012.

  1. LemonyLeprosy

    LemonyLeprosy Adventurer

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    I know that there's a simple answer to this, but I went to my local post office and the clerk didn't know the answer: What's the process for having mail sent to you while travelling? (Not your normal house mail, just the occasional letter or package) obviously I'd have to let the sender know what city I plan to hit in the next few days, but what/where do they actually address it to?
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  2. Craneguy

    Craneguy British Hooligan

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    Motel?

    Friend?

    Mailbox R Us type of thing?

    Or you could appeal to a local ADVer. That's what I would do.
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  3. Lone Rider

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    Unless you are set in a place for a long time, this is probably something you will not do.
    App trail people send ahead via general delivery, but they set their own time frame.

    Domestic would be much easier than foreign.
    This is anchor that you may not want to deal with.
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  4. DaveStockwell

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    In the US, you can still send mail to you General Delivery to the post office of your choice. They will hold it for you. The timing of this can vary widely. If it's only occasionally, an alternative is to have it Fed-Ex'd to the address where you are staying. Much more reliable. Just more expensive. When you make your reservation at the hotel, just tell them you are having a package sent to your attention and ask them to hold it.
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  5. LemonyLeprosy

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    Ideally I wouldn't do this- but I'm leaving before my passport arrives so I'll have to have it mailed to me on the road, and I won't be staying at any motels.
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  6. Warin

    Warin Retired

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    What happens if you don't get it? :cry ?


    I'd go talk to your local post office .... maybe you can do a 'registered post' to general delivery?

    Don't know...


    But I did have something sent to me in Athens, Greece. Trouble with that is there are a few post offices in Athens. You are better off picking a small town with ONE post office... I did eventually find it ... about a week later.

    Timing
    Once you select a place - ring them up and find pout how long they will keep it for. Half that time and add the delivery time to estimate the date you should pick it up. This way it should be there well before you arrive and gives you some time for any delays - on their side or yours.
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  7. LemonyLeprosy

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    If I don't get it.... Then, I putt around the US. But ideally, I'd like to check out some other countries too.
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  8. bones_708

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    Since it's your passport I would pick a hotel that you could be at then FedX it. Simply to risky to mail to general delivery. You can have it sent several days ahead and any decent hotel and even most crappy ones will hold it for you if it takes a day or so longer for you to get there. If you are not staying at hotels then in the us you could look for a mailbox place and have it sent there, just call and let them know. The UPS store is probably the most common but there are plenty of independents. Heck just call FedX and see what they say. Doesn't even seem to be a problem so I'm wondering about the question. This is such an easy thing to take care of so is there something we are missing about this situation making it a big deal?
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  9. LemonyLeprosy

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    Just me stressing over little things cause I'm leaving tomorrow morning and as excited as I am, I'm f-ing terrified at the same time.
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  10. Lone Rider

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    bones is right - no biggy.
    I thought you were looking for on-going receiving of mail.

    I've had things sent/shipped to motels many times. Even tires are no big deal.
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  11. FakeName

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    Sometimes no problem.

    I've ordered expensive camera/photo/lighting gear while on location, and they WILL NOT ship to anywhere but the billing address on the card.

    Some will, some won't.

    Should not be a problem for the OP, just a tip for the future.
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  12. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    Good info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poste_restante

    Something I've been thinking of doing. I know it's commonly used by hikers for food drops. I'm planning some trips where it may be a far more economical method of resupply that attempting to purchase food locally. In one area, there is only a single store within 150 miles, but the postal service works.
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    +1 on post restante - I used it last year and my father's been using it for years. Works a treat.
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  14. rabbitears

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    American Express used to receive mail on behalf of cardholders outside the US - no idea if they still do this.
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