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[pct-l] Another bounce box question

Just a reminder as a former shipping manager there is one advantage to using 
the UPS system. Tracking. If your box doesn't show up or is lost, it is 
handy to be able to track the package and find out when or where it will be 
delivered. Another tip: UPS ground service within the same zone is also 
usually Next Day service.

Sean "Tick"

>From: wandering_bob@msn.com
>To: "Rebecca Emily Selling" <res46@cornell.edu>,"PCT List Forum" 
>Subject: Re: [pct-l] Another bounce box question
>Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2003 09:28:12 -0700
>A bounce box works like any other piece of mail - as far as the USPS is 
>concerned. Priority mail is the best (fastest) way to ship it, requiring 
>3-5 days to reach its destination. With all First class mail, if the box is 
>not opened, it can be forwarded. Once you open it, you'll have to pay to 
>ship it again. You should include tape and mailing labels in the box for 
>your own use.
>Logic suggests that you send the box two destinations ahead to assure you 
>don't have to wait for it when you get there. BE SURE the place you send 
>your box has out-going mail service. If it doesn't, you're stuck with your 
>box. It would cost more, but I suppose one could also use UPS, but again, 
>be sure there is out-going UPS service available at the destination. Be 
>prepared to pay both for the UPS fee and for someone there to take it to 
>UPS for you.
>For hikers, the bounce box concept allows us to send a limited number of 
>"I'll need this sooner or later" items constantly ahead of us so they'll be 
>available when or shortly after we need them. These items should be things 
>that would be very difficult to obtain locally (cell phone battery or 
>charger, spare eyeglasses, custom insoles, second pair of shoes, 
>prescription refills, guidebook pages and maps, new socks, etc.). If you 
>send regular re-supply packages to yourself along the trail, the bounce box 
>is more of a hassle than a help, but it's your call.
>Wandering Bob
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