Ship Your Shopping Home

Travelers Might Find It Easier and Cheaper

Are you a shopper? If you love travel and shopping, you might want to ship your shopping home.

It all depends on how much you buy...

...when you buy it...

...and if you want to carry it around with you or not.

If you buy large souvenirs or just lots of things...

You might want to ship your shopping home rather than try to pack it in your suitcase.

With today's airline baggage fees, this could save you money, but that's not necessarily true.

Sometimes it's just easier.

How Do You Ship Your Shopping Home?

So where can you go for this service?

The Postal Service

There's always the mail.

We did ship some paperwork and clothing home for an uncle one time from Germany using their postal service.

The post office had a variety of boxes we could use, and it wasn't too expensive.

International Shipping Services

There are those big international shipping services like FedEx and UPS. You can find them around the world.

And there are lots of shipping services popping up just to ship suitcases.

Ship Your Shopping - We did at the Masters Golf Tournament

Sometimes at special events, they are set up to help you ship your shopping home.

We attended the Masters Golf Tournament a few years ago with my brother. He about bought out the gift shop early in the morning.

We couldn't carry the purchases with us, but fortunately, UPS was all set up right there, and his packages were on their way home in only about 5 minutes!

The Merchant May Send Them For You - Be Careful, But...

If you buy large pieces, check to see if the seller will send them to you.

If you read travel magazines like we do, you have probably read horror stories about this.

We've had friends get the merchants they bought things from send those purchases home, and they got their items just fine.

Our only experience was shipping a large carpet home from India.

Carry-on luggage sits on a carpet we shipped home

It arrived home only a couple of days after we did...

No problems.

Of course we did have to pick it up and take it through customs.

The vendor even sent us an e-mail asking if it had arrived safely.

Just be careful.

You are trusting that they will follow through.

Once you're home, it's hard to follow up on if something hasn't been shipped or something got broken.

Think About What You Buy and Collect

We do try to keep our souvenirs small enough to carry on with us.. that large carpet aside.

OK... We recently carried home a camel saddle bag from Oman. It was bigger than a carry-on bag, but we wrapped it well and tried to take it on the plane. They let us take it as far as the plane door, then the flight attendant said we'd have to check it. At least we avoided the baggage belt for that first part of the trip.

If you're on a long trip, and you collect lots of brochures or books, they're heavy to carry home. It might be cheaper to mail or ship them home than to pay than to pay for excess luggage.

Mostly we try to buy souvenirs that are small, pack flat in our suitcases or fit under the seat back in front of us.

Could You Buy It At Home?

If it's going to be expensive to ship it... could you buy it at home in an import store for less? Would it be cheaper to pay excess luggage?

Remember, if it's heavy.. as in overweight, that might be more than you think.

Take A Collapsible Bag With You

Buying a Mongolian Outfil in Ulaan Baatar

We also take a small collapsible bag that we can fill and check if we get really carried away with purchases.

We think this is a cheaper option than shipping your shopping home.... and it will arrive home when you do... at least it should!

Everyone loves to come home with some meaningful memento that will remind you of your trip... just give it some thought before you buy...

Should you ship your shopping home or just try to pack it?

Depends on what you buy.... we LOVE our carpet from India!

I carried my Mongolian outfit home in that collapsible bag... I love it too.

Happy travels... even if you don't travel the world... just remember that life is a journey... embrace and enjoy it! Judy and Mark

Curious about what else we've written about?  Search our site for a destination or travel tip.

But... We'd love to have you share this page or comment on it…
Thanks, Judy and Mark

International Travel Tips l Europe Travel Tips
Hotel and B&B Tips l Packing Lists
Go from Ship Your Shopping Home to MouseToursTravels Home Page

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Did it help with your travel planning and preparation? Eager to leave on that next vacation? Please leave your tips or comments in the box below.

Timely Tips

Spring is here in the Northern Hemisphere...
or soon will be.
The almonds and mustard are blooming
The grapes will soon bud out

California Spring - Grapes, Almonds and mustard

It's Fall in the Southern Hemisphere
Great time for an
Australian Wine Tasting Drive.

It's a great time to travel almost anywhere in the world...
If only we could....
This darn virus is keeping us all home, but we can dream of future travels...


You can get some armchair travels in by looking around here...


Are you planning your travels?
The weather can be changeable, so be sure to pack layers and some rain gear...

See all of our Packing Lists and Tips.

We're busy planning our travels
Future travels that is. Plans we had for early this year are cancelled, but we're still planning!  
How about YOU?

Where Do You Want To Go?
Things to See in Europe
Travel In America
Does Africa Call?

Don't just dream about it...
Start making plans!

Custom Tour Planning List
International Travel Planning Tips
Foreign Is Fun - Not Scary!

Check Your Passport
Do you have yours? Is it up to date?
Get Your Passports and Visas


Search MouseToursTravels
Travel questions or destination info?
Find our answers faster..


We want you to feel comfortable out in the world and on our pages - so surf away in your own language...

Updated Tips & New Travel Stories

  1. 2019 Travels - Africa, Asia, Europe and USA

    On our 2019 travels, it was independent travel, a custom tour and a group tour. All work beautifully... just depends on where you’re going and what you want.

    Read More

  2. Vietnam and Cambodia - Life Along The Mekong River

    The Mekong River… Vietnam and Cambodia as we barged along this mighty river that traverses much of Southeast Asia.

    Read More

  3. Galicia and Northwest Spain

    Galicia and nearby provinces are less traveled. Drive to discover castles and Paradores, little pleasures and ancient wonders.

    Read More

Two Ways To Like Us!

Like Our Site Top Left
Like Our Fanpage Below
Thank You!

Navigate Our Site

Related Pages
Packing Tips

Packing Basics

Carry-on-Packing Tips
What Is Carry-On Size?
What Do Airlines Call A Personal Item
What We Recommend... Travel Light!
Packing Right
Why Put Identity Tags On Luggage?
Tips to Prevent Lost Luggage
Packing For Road Trips

Packing Lists

Basic Packing List
Tropical Vacation Packing List
Cold Weather Packing List
Mixed Weather Packing List


Packing Methods: Fold or Roll It?
Travel Luggage Recommendations
Travel Luggage Options

Packing for Airport Security

Security Packing Tips
Travel Security Alert Packing Guide
How to Pack That Plastic Bag?
Requirements for That Plastic Bag?
Packing Cosmetics for Today's Security


Electricity Worldwide - What To Know
Dual Voltage Appliances
Adaptors and Converters
Electronics for Travel - IF You Use It
Keep In Touch - Not Just Postcards!
GPS Satellite Messenger - Let Friends Know Where You Are

Packing Medication

Packing Medications
Pack Enough Medication
How To Pack Pills

Ready For A New Adventure?

We escape by traveling…
But there are more ways to escape. 
Work on something you LOVE…
With A Website
SBI Teaches You Everything

First Day Of The Rest Of Your Life