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USPS offers Holiday packing tips

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The Holidays are right around the corner. The United States Postal Service has released information on how you can pack and save better this holiday season.

How to pack a gift like a pro:

  • Pick a strong and sturdy box, and tape it closed tightly.
  • Cushion contents to protect them during transportation, and wrap glass and other fragile items with extra newspaper or packing material.
  • Place wrapped gift boxes inside a plain larger box.
  • Remove all batteries from electronics.
  • Remember to place an extra shipping label inside the box, so the item can be returned in case the box or label gets damaged.

Successful shipping tips:

  • Print addresses clearly and in CAPS.
  • Include complete 'to' and 'from' information.
  • Check usps.com for the correct ZIP code, never guess.
  • Be sure to label a box as 'FRAGILE' if it needs to be handled with extra care.
  • Visit usps.com to pay and print postage and schedule a pickup, or drop off your gift for delivery at the Post Office.

Ship gifts across the globe without leaving home:

  •  Use the Postage Calculator tool on usps.com to check prices and compare options.
  •  Visit usps.com to complete a customs form and pay the postage.
  • Print your shipping label.
  • Schedule a free next-day Package Pickup, or drop off your gift at your local Post Office.

Here's how to ship and send all your gifts in just a few quick steps.  

  • Use the ZIP Code tool on usps.com and the mobile app to find a ZIP Code quick.
  • Use popped popcorn in a bag as an eco-friendly cushion for fragile gifts.
  • Visit The Postal Store on usps.com for stamps, gifts and shipping needs.
  • Be careful when reusing boxes they can become weak. Use a Priority Mail Flat Rate Box or holiday-themed ReadyPost option.
  • Use Priority Mail Express for last-minute shipping. Dec. 23 is the last day to ship to most domestic destinations for a Dec. 25 arrival.

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