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Safety Tip: How to use USPS Mail Hold Service when you are Traveling

Many Families will travel over the holidays.  Will you be traveling and your house empty?  Well don’t let your mail stack up and alert all the Criminals.  No one wants to deal with missing packages, stolen credit card or identity theft.  Safety Tip; One of the best ways to avoid this is by using the United States Postal Service’s Hold Mail Service.  The United States Postal Service (USPS) can hold your mail safely at the Post Office until you return. This way your mailbox is not overflowing with mail screaming to everyone that your house is empty. The Hold Mail Service is simple, fast and only 2 Steps.

How to Set up Hold Mail Service: Go to – Hold Mail Service

  • Step 1:  Sign up for Hold Mail – Check if Hold Mail is available for your address.
  • Step 2: Schedule Hold Mail Service – Choose the dates for your Hold Mail request.

.You can notify the Post Office up to 30 days in advance or as late as the day before you leave.  If your request is received by 3 AM ET (2 AM CT or 12 AM PT) it will go into effect the next day.  If you will be gone longer than 30 days then you will want to sign up for Mail Forwarding by going to USPS Forward Mail Service.  The Post Office will hold all mail for the address, rather than an individual’s.  Therefore you want to use this if either no one will be home or the people home will not take care of the mail.

Will your house be empty while you are traveling?   You don’t want to make your home a target.  Take a couple of minutes and sign up for the United States Postal Service’s Hold Mail Service.  They will keep your mail safe and deliver it to you when you return.  It is better to be safe than sorry!

To sign up for United States Postal Service’s Hold Mail Service go to:

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Bill Collins

Bill Collins is a former Army Officer turned veteran traveler. I have traveled to 28 different Countries mainly concentrated in the Central & Latin America and have spent the last 16 years exploring the Caribbean Islands.

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