Tips for Wrapping, Shipping and Holiday Travel
The holiday season is upon us and many people plan to either carry gifts in their luggage or to ship them to their destination. It is important to know how to pack and ship items properly to avoid damaging important gifts, because a broken picture frame or perished food just doesn't say "you're special."
Do not wrap gifts if you are going to pack them in checked or carry-on luggage.
If a security officer needs to inspect a package it may have to be unwrapped. Food items such as jams, salsas, sauces, syrups and dips will not be allowed through security checkpoints unless they are in containers of three ounces or less and in the passenger's one quart zip-top bag. This applies to gift items including lotions, creams, scented oil, liquid soaps, perfumes, and even snow globes that are in excess of three ounces – even if they are in sealed gift packs.
The Transportation Security Administration has created a holiday 3.1.1 travel guide which provides passengers with travel tips to help make the check-in process smoother and faster.
If you plan on shipping your packages FedEx recommends you:
- Wrap contents according to FedEx packing method.
- Use cushioning material and specialized packaging for delicate items.
- Seal packages with extra tape.
- Wrap all sharp or protruding edges or pack in a sturdy outer box.
- Include complete delivery and return address information on labels.
- Include duplicate information inside the package.
- Affix labels securely.
- Use tie-on tags for ski bags and other odd-shaped packages.
- Send before the holiday deadlines.
For more holiday shipping tips, visit the FedEx holiday Web site.