Sending Things Home

When you begin to plan your return to your home country, be sure to compare prices and services carefully before choosing a method for shipping your things home.

U.S. Post Office

Books can be sent by USPS media mail. The cost varies for each country; ask the post office about the rate.

Parcel post shipment is a relatively inexpensive option for clothing and other items. Insurance is strongly recommended. Packages do not always arrive or sometimes arrive in poor condition. The shipments may take from 6-8 weeks to arrive. Do not place stamps on the packages yourself. The post office will weigh the box and affix the proper postage.

Air Shipment for Moderate Distances

If you are returning by air and do not have baggage exceeding your maximum weight allowance, air shipment is not expensive. The international airlines can provide estimates. For an additional fee, some airlines will crate your belongings for you at the airport.

Baggage Regulations

Check with the airline with which you will be flying for specific regulations on the weight and size of suitcases, excess baggage, air freight, and costs. If you are not checking your baggage through to your ultimate destination, be sure to ask what the baggage regulations are for your intermediate stops. The regulations can vary by country and by carrier.

Overland and Sea Shipping

Compare the costs of sending things home by post, by air freight, or by a shipping company. Consider the length of time it will take for the parcels to arrive and the risk of any potential damage to equipment, books, etc. Here are some reliable services:

For a complete list of movers, mailing services, courier services, and freight services, check Ithaca-area online listings or the yellow pages.