How to Send Vitamins & Food Through the Mail Safely

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Mailing food and vitamins to a friend or loved one can be a stressful experience. You may worry about whether or not certain items will spoil or if the cookies you mailed were squished by the canned vegetables. Furthermore, there's the concern over when your package will reach the recipient. By packing your items the right way and selecting a good shipping method, you can alleviate some of stress associated with sending edible products.

Things You'll Need

  • Boxes
  • Bubble wrap
  • Packaging tape
  • Ensure your items are appropriate for the mail. Remove all perishable foods such as raw meats and dairy products. In addition, it is a good idea not to mail chocolate or other items that will melt or burst, such as soft-gel vitamins or canned beverages, during warmer months. Do not send any substances that are flammable or toxic.

  • Wrap fragile items thoroughly with a couple layers of bubble wrap. Ensure that you tape the wrap to avoid having the food and vitamins come unbound.

  • Pack the foods and vitamins. The post office can provide you with boxes. Avoid placing too many items in one box to prevent a ripped package.

  • Tape the box closed. Use several strips of tape so that the box is sturdy.

  • Select method of shipping. According to the United States Postal Service (USPS), you can ship your package First-Class if the contents weigh less than 13 ounces. Opt for Express mail if your items must reach your recipient overnight or choose Priority mail to have your package reach its destination within three business days.

  • Pay for shipping. You may also purchase shipping insurance to cover the cost if your package is lost, stolen, or damaged.

  • Keep the tracking number that the USPS clerk will give you for your package.

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