How to Ship Oranges

Send the juicy treat of fresh oranges for your next gift to that special someone.
Send the juicy treat of fresh oranges for your next gift to that special someone. (Image: Oranges image by Ian182 from Fotolia.com)

Fresh oranges make a delicious and healthy gift or memento from a sunny vacation. Fruit can be shipped within the United States through the United States Postal Service or other shippers that provide package-delivery services. With the proper packaging and shipping methods -- and the proper choice of oranges -- your package should arrive at the recipient's door tasting fresh.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard box
  • Dry-ice pack
  • Packing paper
  • Packing tape
  • Permanent marker

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Choose ripe oranges with a firm skin to protect them during shipping. Avoid oranges that have soft spots, or ones that are too ripe.

Pack oranges in a thick, sturdy cardboard box.

Include a dry-ice pack on the bottom of the box if you are shipping the oranges during hot weather.

Place packing paper around the oranges, to prevent shifting and bruising during shipping.

Seal the entire box with packing tape, wrapping it on all sides to prevent tears to the box or leaking juice from the fruit.

Address the box with a permanent marker.

Mark your box “fragile” or “perishable” and label it “dry ice,” if you have included dry ice in your package.

Send your package from the post office using next-day air, second-day air, or three-day select for best results.

Tips & Warnings

  • Ship oranges on a Monday or a Tuesday to lessen the chances of your package sitting in a mail room over the weekend.
  • Pack your oranges tightly with packing paper or tissue paper to prevent the fruit from being bruised or crushed.

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