How to ship packages without leaving your house

How to ship packages without leaving your house

Sending letters and packages in the mail might be one of the most effective types of communicating while social distancing, and the United States Postal Service says you can do it without leaving the safety of your home.

According to the USPS, you don’t have to go to the post office to use many postal products and services. In fact, most simple tasks can be done at home, with or without a computer.

To order stamps, you can go to the Postal Store on usps.com, select different stamp denominations, and USPS will deliver them to your home. If you don’t have a computer, you can ask your local post office or carrier to bring you a Stamps by Mail order form. Complete the form and put it in your mailbox with a check.

If you need to send a package, USPS says you can order free Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express boxes, or other package supplies, at

. Using Click-N-Ship, you can print a mailing label with the appropriate postage right from your computer.

If you need the package picked up, you can go to

and schedule a free carrier pick-up. In your request, let your local post office know where they can find the package or packages, and the carrier will retrieve them when he or she delivers your mail.

Follow these step-by-step instructions to make sending your next shipment easy.

Follow these step-by-step instructions to make sending your next shipment easy.

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How to ship packages without leaving your house

Take a look at our how-to video to prepare your next shipment.

Follow these steps to learn how to ship a package. You can also visit the pros at any FedEx Office location to get friendly in-person help picking the right shipping box, as well as shipping options based on delivery time and shipping cost.

Plan your shipment based on destination.

Ensure the item can be shipped.

Package the item.

Determine which shipping service is best for your needs.

Create shipping labels.

Choose additional delivery options and special services if needed.

Print and attach the FedEx label.

Get the package to FedEx.

Plan your shipment based on destination.

Do you need to ship a package in the US (domestic) or mail something to another country (international)? FedEx follows different guidelines for domestic and international shipments. If you’re shipping domestically, proceed to Step 2 of this guide. If you want to ship a package internationally, please review our International Shipping Guide for instructions that meet international shipping regulations.

Shipping to another country?

Ensure the item can be shipped.

Some items need special care to ship safely, and others can’t be shipped at all. View the Service Guide to learn more about restricted and prohibited items, dangerous goods and more.

Package the item.

Do you need to ship a box, envelope, tube, or mailer? Choosing the right kind of packaging can help protect your shipment and create a better delivery experience. View our packing and shipping supplies to find the best options for your shipment, learn about packing services and get tips on packing items yourself.

The only time you have to use FedEx packaging is when you use FedEx One Rate ® . Otherwise, you can use any sturdy, undamaged packaging for your shipments. If you’re reusing a box, just make sure any old addresses and barcodes are completely covered. You can also get more packaging tips and order free FedEx supplies.

You don’t have to buy FedEx boxes; they’re free! You can pick up free FedEx boxes and other packaging supplies at your local FedEx location, or order them online at fedex.com.

Yes! When you choose to send shipments via FedEx, you can choose from a range of free, ready-to-use self-sealing packaging in your choice of shapes and sizes. It’s available in store or online at fedex.com.

Yes, our experts are ready to help! Stop by your nearest FedEx Office location’s Pack Plus counter for expert assistance from our team, backed by the FedEx Office Packing Pledge. With a range of free packing materials, standard boxes and specialty boxes, we’re prepared to package most items, including oversized, bulky and fragile ones.В

Determine which shipping service is best for your needs.

FedEx offers a range of options to accommodate different timelines and budgets.В With our rating tool, you can calculate rates based on your preferred delivery speed and destination and then compare which FedEx В® shipping service is the best option for you.