Best Way To Ship Baby Clothes

Posted on May 31 2013 - 2:00pm by Markell
 

My sisters and I all share baby clothes. We have tons of tubs of baby clothes that we pass around to whoever happens to have a baby at the time. There is a tub for 0-3 month boys clothes, 3-6 month boys clothes, 6-12 month boys clothes, etc. The same goes for girls (although I think there may be more than one of each size for the girls… why do girls have SO MANY CLOTHES???)

So, usually we just take the tote over to who ever needs it, but right now I live about eight hours away from my sister, who has a girl about 8 months younger than my little girl. My little one has grown out of the 6 month clothes, and my sister will need them soon, but I’m not planning a trip any time soon, so I had to figure out a way to get them to her. My other sister suggested that I vacuum pack them and ship baby clothes to my sister. 

I’ve use the fancy vacuum pack bags before, but I didn’t want to pay for bags, so I decided to try it with a normal garbage bag. It took me a little while to get it right, but it worked!

Supplies needed:

  • clothes to mail
  • flat rate box from the post office
  • hair tie
  • vacuum 
  • garbage bag

Here is what I did: 

Gathered all the clothes you want to mail and stuff them into a garbage bag. I tried to fold them the best I could, but I don’t know if it made much of a difference.

Put them inside the flat rate box. I got this box at the post office. The box is free, but it costs $16 to mail. It doesn’t matter how heavy it is, unless you’re mailing it internationally. I think there is a 20 pound weight limit for international mailing, but I doubt it would even get close to that if it’s full of baby clothes.

Put the hair tie around your wrist and get the vacuum ready. Tie the garbage bag as tight as you can. Put the vacuum in the opening and put the hair tie around the bag so that it is sealed to the vacuum tube (I hope that makes sense…)

Turn the vacuum on and watch the bag shrink before your eyes. You’ll need to hold the bag onto the vacuum so no air gets in. You also may need to shape the bag as it shrinks so it will fit into the box.

Once you get all the air out. tie it shut with the hair tie. It took me a couple times to get this down right. You have to do it fast so no air gets in and you have to make sure there isn’t an opening at all. 
Tape it shut! As you can see, my box didn’t tape very cleanly, but it did tape shut. The guy at the post office was very impressed with my packing skills!
 
I hope this tutorial helped you out a little bit! Happy mailing! 
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  1. Debi Fitzsimmons June 2, 2013 at 6:35 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much for this tip. I have a huge bag of clothes for my niece and have been trying to figure out how to get them there without paying a fortune. I am going to try this tomorrow.

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