How to Receive Mail When Traveling Full Time in an RV

Posted in Full Time RV Living, How To's on May 10, 2017 Last Updated on May 6, 2018

One of the questions that comes up as a traveler is “How can I receive my mail?”. From bills to packages, not staying at a permanent address makes it difficult to receive anything. It’s not like the courier is going to just chase you down!

There are a few options, which depend on how fast you need your package and what method of shipping it will be using – UPS, USPS, FedEx, etc.

For most of our items, we have a permanent address with St. Brendan’s Isle mail service. They receive our mail, scan letters as needed, and hold everything until we are ready to have it sent to us.

When we need a USPS item quickly, we have it shipped General Delivery to a post office near us, or on our upcoming route. This is also how we receive our mail from St. Brendan’s Isle. All of our mail is boxed up and shipped Priority Mail General Delivery.

To receive a general delivery package, you simply find a post office in the area where you would like the package delivered, give them a call to make sure they accept general delivery (some small post offices will not, even if the USPS website says they do), and then have your mail addressed for general delivery to that post office.

The format for a general delivery address is simply:
Your Name
City, State ZIP-9999

Replacing, of course, the italicized portions with your information. Note the “9999” on the ZIP is required and is another way for the post office to know it is a general delivery package.

The easiest solution we have found for receiving a UPS package is to simply have it sent to a UPS store. There is a fee associated with this, usually around $5, but it gives you a location where someone will receive the package, and it will be safely held for you until you arrive.

Fedex Logo
While FedEx is not as common for us to receive packages by, we have found that they are increasing their presence in where items can be dropped off and picked up. In most cases, you will want to simply locate a FedEx location and determine if you may have packages shipped there. FedEx has a tool on their website to help you find a location.

That’s it! You’re now ready to hit the road with no mail worries.

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