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Travel Tip: Hold Your Mail During Long-Term Trips

 Travel Tip: Hold Your Mail During Long Term Trips
3 Weeks Worth of Mail

Whenever you travel for a long period of time there’s a lot of pre-departure “to-do’s” to ensure that you can leave home with some peace of mind. One of them should be stopping your mail. Aside from not having to worry about mail piling up in your mail box, you can protect your privacy and/or not worry about finding someone to visit your house everyday to get the mail.

Holding your mail is easy. Visit the US Postal Service Hold Mail Request Page and fill out the online form.  Enter the start and end dates and submit. It’s that easy.

Returning home from vacation is never home, but a giant pile of mail to sort through will give you something to look forward to. Is there a check from Grandma in there? A gift you ordered online? Coupons for your favorite store? A love letter? Sorting through mail is fun. It’s like the lottery, you never know what you might find!

And remember, for longer term travel, you may want to look into self storage for larger, personal items.

What do you do with your mail when you leave for vacation? Share by commenting.

I’ll see you out there…!



Great idea Ben – especially considering privacy issues these days. We actually changed our mailing address to a UPS box since we were going to be gone for so long. They would hold our mail for a month plus and I would have my brother pick it up or if we needed it, the UPS store would forward it to us wherever we were at the time. Even though we are back in the states (hopefully not for TOO long) we kept the UPS box for future travel.
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Getting a box is another great idea. Don’t forget to stop your newspaper too! Thanks for adding it to the list.

jeff noel

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Nice tips Ben, especially for people that live alone. I travel quite often and usually nobody stays at home and honestly I can’t trust the kids of my neighbors.


Thanks! Neighbors can be shady!