Postal Tips and Advice

Many of us use Royal Mail to send letters and parcels. However competition in the postal market is growing, providing both consumers and businesses with a range of postal options.

Postal Top Tips

Follow our top tips to ensure you get value for money on your postal requirements.

1. Shop around for a cheaper price or more convenient service.

  • Parcel Collection: Many parcel companies can pick up items from your home or work premises and deliver to the designated address.
  • Parcel Drop-Off: Book you postal order online and deliver your parcel to a local shop that is registered with the delivery company.
  • Comparison Website: Websites like or can sometimes have the cheapest postage deals, depending on size, weight, distance and urgency

2. Consider posting non-urgent items using an economy service such as 2nd class. 

3. Check the size and weight of item - If possible reduce the size of your parcel by folding the item or remove unnecessary packaging.

4. Ensure items are adequately packaged – Whilst removing unnecessary packaging can reduce cost, it is important to ensure adequate packaging particularly ifthe item is fragile or heavy, to avoid damage or perhaps additional charges on receipt of item.

5. High volume mailers - If sending large quantities of mail consider shopping around to avail of discounts from other postal operators or change the method you use to pay for your postage costs, for example, explore cheaper alternatives like online postage.

More information is available from our ‘Sending Letters and Parcels’ guide. 

Postal Checklist

Follow our postal checklist to help you not only save time and money but also choose the best service for your needs:  

  • Check the recipient’s address and make sure it is clearly labelled.
  • Consider the size and type of envelope.
  • Always check if you can send the contents of your mail item through the postal network or if any restrictions or prohibitions apply.
  • Ensure items are adequately packaged.
  • Choose your parcel speed and cover you need.
  • Check the size and weight of your item.
  • Always include a return address.
  • Pay the correct postage.
  • Obtain proof of postage.
  • Consider where to take your mail for posting.

For more information see our ‘Sending Letters and Parcels’ guide.