Christmas is right around the corner, and with potential lockdown restrictions due to COVID-19, more and more of us are going to have to rely on the postal services to get our gifts out. But with many of us being new to sending things through the post (it’s much easier to email than send a letter!), some people are getting a little lost.
So we’re here to help. From how many stamps for a large letter, to how to track your parcel, we’ve got you covered.
How many stamps do I need?
So first of all, it’s worth noting that Royal Mail splits post into the following categories: small parcel, medium parcel, large parcel, tube, letter, and large letter. A letter is anything up to 24×16.5×0.5 cm (L x W x D), and a large letter is 35x25x2.5, anything bigger than that will come under a parcel category.
When it comes to how many stamps you need, it depends on the weight. The easiest and probably cheapest way to figure this out is to take your item to the post office. There, they can weigh it and stamp it for you, and charge you correctly. Alternatively, you can buy stamps singularly or in books. If you’re doing it this way, howmanystamps.co.uk says you will need 2 first class or second class stamps for a letter weighing 0 – 100 grams, 3 first class or 2 second class stamps for a letter 101-250 grams, 3 first or second class stamps for a letter 251 – 500 grams, and 4 first or second class stamps for anything between 500 and 750 grams.
What do I say at the post office?
If you’ve never had to post something via the post office before, it can be daunting. All the staff in their little booth, scales everywhere, envelopes surrounding you… but not to worry, we have your back.
First of all, before you go up to the counter, make sure you have packaged the parcel or letter, and that the full address is written on the front. You may also want to include your address on the back under ‘SENDER:’. This ensures that if there are any issues with delivering your parcel, it will be returned to you.
Secondly, you want to join the queue and head over when called. Once at the till, just say simply ‘I’d like to post this’. They’ll ask you to place your item on the scale, and then pass it through to them. They’ll take it from there. You’ll be asked first or second class, and then you will see them stamp it, type out the address, and then put it out the back. They’ll charge you, and if provide you with your receipts.
How do I track my parcel/letter?
On the receipt, you will have a 9 to 27 character long code. If you download the Royal Mail app or go to this page, you can track your parcel all the way to it’s receiver.
Royal Mail have their own array of tips and tricks online – check them out!