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Ok thanks! My grandchildren love them (they are 7 and 9) which made me wonder. I have another outlet for them :))

Which service do people from England use to send parcels – Royal Mail or a different courier like DHL?

Also should they be in a box?


Royal Mail International Economy to South Africa is best.   It costs £12.05.    It is essentially a parcel of up to (but not over) 2kg for best value for money for yourself, and the folk in SA to collect.   The service basically travels by boat, and takes 42-56ish days to make the distance.   The parcel needs to measure no more than 90cms adding height, depth + width together, with no one side longer than 60cms.   I usually use a thick black bin bag (as it is very light) taped heavily with parcel tape.   I have never used a box.    It is important to state the contents are a gift for charity with no value at all on the customs sticker the POffice will give you.     I understand this is a lot to take in for the first time, but the facts are important to keep costs so low for everyone.    Feel free to ask me anything more..... I'm happy to advise.   Kx

Thanks, that’s really useful. Do you wrap the bin bag in paper or fix labels on bag?

Getting the tape measure out. Not ready to post yet – 15 more squares to make :)

ps I read the posting details and realised we are advised to use Royal Mail! Duh.

Please don't put yourself down, your anxiety at getting a parcel right is understandable.   I try to pack my knitting in a supermarket style bag quite tightly (removing air) , then put this inside the bigger bag + tape tightly.   Use the KAS packaging label, and a custom sticker is needed too.    I will be making a parcel up myself at the weekend + will mail you pictures to help you.

Karen, I've never thought to use a thick bin bag. I buy mailing bags (size 320 x 440 mm) but your idea means you can fit the wrapping to the items rather than the other way round. I'll bear this in mind.

They're pretty lightweight too - I cut the excess off when I've sorted the shape.   It does mean however that you need a lot of parcel tape to help secure + hold it tightly together.

Pam and Karen - I've realised I gave the dimensions for the smaller size mailing bag I sometimes use. That size holds 35 squares and costs about £9 to send. The size I normally use is 430 x 500 mm and I can squeeze 2 blankets into it and that costs £12.05.

I use the large striped zippered carry bags from the "cheap shop".... ( I think they are called The Pound Shop in England.  I then wrap with packaging tape and it moulds to shape.  To fill one costs roughly $110 from Australia, I fit a lot in the parcel, and it is cheaper than sending several smaller parcels

This is my parcel ready to mail.   It has a packing slip inside along with my crafting.   I have used the address panel from the bottom of the packing slip and highlighted it is for charity.   I have also stuck on the customs slip, ticking that it a gift of zero 0 value.

 Ooo. Ha ha, sorry that's upside down!   But you get the gist right? Kx

Thanks both of you. That is really helpful. Pictures are so useful!




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