To ship and receive a package on the road may seem like mission impossible but it surely does not have to be. There are actually a number of ways you can receive shipments without having a fixed address. It is really not as complicated as you may think! Are you not sure where to send your parcel when travelling or how to receive a package on the road? No worries, we have gathered five solutions that can help you discover where you can send your packages when travelling.
Ship your package to a hotel, hostel or company
Often hotels and hostels allow you to send a parcel to their reception and they will hold it for you. To find out if they are able to accept your shipment, make sure you inform them in advance. It is also a good idea to give them your number so they can contact you once your package has arrived.
To have it sent from or to a hotel or hostel, simply put the hotel(s) address as the pick-up or delivery address. Do not forget to put “reception” in the first field where it asks for your name. This is so that the courier knows he is supposed to leave it at the reception.
Are you on a business trip? Or do you know any company where you could ship your parcel to? It is possible to send your shipment to a company’s office or warehouse. Just put the address of the company as the pick-up or delivery address. If possible, also include the reception or department of the person who will receive the package on your behalf.
Ship your package to your Airbnb or Couchsurfing address
If you are staying at an Airbnb you could possibly, in consultation, have your parcels shipped to this address. In the case of staying in an Airbnb, make sure to ask your host to allow you to receive mail at the Airbnb. It is important to do this in advance. Not only as a courtesy but also because some hosts may decline as they feel uncomfortable with receiving someone else’s mail at their address.
The Couchsurfing Community can also be a solution. Especially if you are an active member of the community. Similar to the Airbnb case, you can ask your couchsurfing host if it is okay for you to write down their address so you can receive your package.
If you are not actually couchsurfing but you are a part of the community, you could reach out in the couchsurfing community and ask if someone would be able to receive the shipment on your behalf. It would help if you explain your situation. Couchsurfing hosts themselves are often travellers, so they will most likely understand the difficulties of receiving packages while on the road.
Ship to local depot of the courier
You can also choose to handle things with the courier who will ship your parcel. Couriers may allow you to ship your package to a local depot. As a result, you will be able to receive a package on the road without a worry. Check with the courier if they can offer you this service. If they do, just search for the nearest parcel shop on their website and you are good to go.
Ship to a locker
Depending on which country you are shipping to, local couriers may offer delivery to parcel lockers. If you search for shipping parcels or packages to parcel lockers and include the country you are shipping, you can find out which couriers offer the service to ship it to a locker. This can be a perfect solution if you want to receive a package on the road without a mailbox.
Shipping from the airport
As an avid traveller you will pass many different airports. It could be a great solution for you to ship your package from one of them. To make shipping from an airport successful, it is very important to provide an address that is outside the actual airport, as the courier provider cannot get inside. You could consider indicating the address of one of the nearby hotels. For more information on shipping from an airport, check out this blogpost.
Do not forget to check if you have any family, friends or acquaintances
As an extra tip, double check if you know anyone who could receive your mail on your behalf. Perhaps you have overlooked someone you may know and who is able to help you out.
If someone is receiving the package on your behalf, it is appreciated to take extra care. Make sure you stay up-to-date with the status of your package. You can do this by regularly checking the status through online tracking. It is also very important to fill out the complete address with all details when placing the order. To show your gratitude, you can also offer to do something for them in return or bring them a nice souvenir from your travels.
Ways Eurosender can help you out to receive a package on the road
All of the above solutions can be handled by Eurosender. The couriers Eurosender has partnered up with are able to pick -up and deliver to any type of accommodation including hotel, hostels, companies, local depots and airports.
You may also consider to have your shipment stored. Eurosender offers the possibility to have big shipments and freight transport of more than 7 packages stored. This service is also possible for relocations and removals as well as for students.
Travelling can bring unexpected surprises, which is both the beauty and challenge of it. At Eurosender we know this very well, which is why we offer the flexible booking service. This service allows you to change the collection date, the pick-up and delivery address (as long as they are in the same countries) and rectify mistakes made during placement of the order without an extra charge.
With this in mind, do not worry if you need to receive packages without an address of your own. As you can see, there are plenty of ways you can solve it. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.
Last modified: August 16, 2018