How to receive packages while travelling and constantly changing addresses
When you are a frequent traveller or always on the road for your job, you might be wondering how to get an Amazon shipment delivered to you or how to receive any packages while travelling. Even though this might be a bit harder than when you would live on a fixed address, it is still possible. There are several ways to receive packages when travelling and some variants to send packages when travelling. This could be useful when you want to send packages to seasonal workers or to one of your friends, living the life of a digital nomad. With this article, you will be prepared for any kind of situation and you will be able to receive a package on the road.
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Accepting letters while backpacking or full-time travelling abroad
If you are receiving packages from an eCommerce store that ships to nomads or someone wants to send you a letter while travelling, then do not worry as now you can now enjoy your trip and accept letters while backpacking in the designated post office of your choice. Address the mail, or respectively the package, with your First and Last name, then write General Delivery (or also known as “Poste restante” in Europe), and the address of the post office you wish to pick up your items from.
Note: Please make sure you check up with desired the Post office if there are any additional fees when receiving packages while being on the road, or if they do accept this type of delivery. You can also set up a parcel locker at a post office of your choice if you think of occasionally going back.
Convenient way to receive packages from an eCommerce store that ships to nomads
The most convenient eCommerce store that ships packages to nomads are Amazon. Receiving packages on the road is easy when shopping on Amazon as they offer their own locker that can be found in bigger cities. If you are wondering how to receive Amazon packages while travelling, here are a few steps to take:
First, you would have to go to Amazons’ website and shop as usual.
When writing the destination address of your package, look for the nearest desired Locker destination and select that one as a shipping address.
The courier will deliver your package and place it into the locker where it will be held for three calendar days. If you were unable to collect the order in these days, then, the package will be returned to the store and you will be eligible for a refund.
To open the locker and collect your items, you will need to receive via email a barcode that will serve as a ‘key’ to access the locker.
An important note is that this service does not imply additional costs.
A drawback using Amazon’s Locker is that this is a relatively new service and it is limited to only bigger cities. Another bigger drawback is that you can only receive packages ordered on Amazon. However, there are other ways of receiving packages when travelling!
Courier companies that ship to nomads
UPS or FedEx is one example of courier companies that ship to nomads. The only difference is that you would have to look for the UPS hub (their distribution centre office), UPS store (independently owned and will additionally charge you when accepting the package for you) or a FedEx store.
However, it is relatively easier when receiving letters. You may wonder if there is a virtual mailbox where you can receive letters? Some companies like BPM Virtual Mailbox, Mailboxde, or Traveling Mailbox offer this kind of Virtual Mailbox where you mail will go to and have them scanned for you. But you need not worry, as they will only scan the inside content only if you ask them to do it for you. Otherwise, they will accept the letters for you while backpacking, scan the outside of the letter and you decide whether you will have them open and scan it, shred it, throw it away or similar.
How to ship with Eurosender
Shipping with Eurosender comes in many forms, and the most suitable option for your shipment depends on the dimensions and the time-frame for delivery. Below you see the possibilities Eurosender provides.
With this service you send packages when travelling and things as for example your luggage. With the Shipment Size Checker below, you know in a few clicks whether your package qualifies for standard shipping.
Dedicated Van Delivery:
When you have enough items to fill an entire van, and you want your things to be transported without any stops, then this service is most suitable for you.
Individual offer: When your shipment has specific requirements, ask our logistics experts for an individual offer.
Get an individual offer
Situations when people change addresses frequently
There are various situations where people don’t have a permanent address or frequently move from one address to another. Let’s look at some of the cases where shipping to a temporary address is a must.
Living in a mobile home: When you are a modern-day nomad, living in a van, camper or mobile home, you are also able to receive mail while travelling or to receive a package on the road.
Living with hosts: When you use lodging services, such as Airbnb or Couchsurfing, not only for holiday purposes but also for staying more extended periods of time without having a permanent address, then be sure to check out our page on shipping to a host’s home, to get detailed info on how to receive packages while travelling.
Living in accommodation for seasonal workers: Migrant workers travel all over the world in search of better opportunities and higher wages. Often, they are accommodated in temporary housing and move from one location to another without having a permanent address, besides the one they have in their native country. Now it is also possible to send packages to seasonal workers and to receive mail while travelling.
Living in co-living spaces: This way of living is becoming more popular each year. Often you can receive packages when travelling to these places. But when you often change the location it might not be the best option.
How to write the address for receiving a package on the road
When shipping to a temporary address or the address for receiving a package on the road, it is crucial that you enter the correct address details when shipping. Here are a few things you should pay close attention to.
The address provided has to be a physical address (i.e., not a van, port, PO box, etc.) and every detail should be accurate. For the full details of the address field, see the image below.
Order the delivery 2 or 3 days before you leave the address you ship to. This is necessary in case the pick-up fails due to unforeseen events, such as weather or traffic conditions. In this situation, a second delivery will need to be organized.
Choose the country of pick-up/delivery.
- Name & Surname
Add the full name of the consignee.
Ex.: John Ferris
Fill out the street name in full and the number.
Ex.: Lake street 135
- Additional info – Optional
Here you can add additional information.
Keep in mind that the courier doesn’t always take this info into consideration.
- Zip code
Add the zip code, please double check if it’s the right one.
Ex.: 783 39
Add the full name of the town or city.
- Phone number
Add the phone number, change the area code if needed.
Ex.: +44 1234 1234 12
In case you are not able to provide an address with the details mentioned above, here are some other alternatives for receiving a package when you are often on the road.
- Contact the nearest store in the area to see if it is possible to receive shipments there.
- Get in touch with the local hotel reception and discuss if it is possible to receive a shipment over there. Make sure they contact you when the package arrives.
- Ship to friends, family, or colleagues that live in the area. You can also ship to a nearby store if the owner agrees to that.
Still have questions about the place you want to ship your items to, how to receive packages when traveling or how to send packages to seasonal workers? Don’t worry and get in touch with our friendly and multilingual customer service. They will gladly assist you with every detail on how to receive a package on the road with the help of Eurosender.