send gifts home

Aug 8th, 2009, 04:21 PM
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send gifts home

We are traveling light through South Africa. If we buy small gifts and mail them home to the US, is it expensive and will they arrive?

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Aug 8th, 2009, 05:43 PM
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Yes, and maybe not. Carry them with you or buy them at the end of your journey. If you can get a "fold out" bag such as those from Totes or Bagallini, you can fill it as you go. Some are sturdy enough to be checked as baggage on your return flight.
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Aug 10th, 2009, 01:33 PM
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international mail has gotten very expensive....
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Aug 10th, 2009, 01:42 PM
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As ShayTay, I too pack a folding bag for souvenirs or whatever, along with some bubble wrap. Whatever I can't fit in my main duffle (wrapped between/in cloths), goes in this and I send it as my 2nd checked bag which is allowed on international flights (as long as weight is less than 50/lbs.
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Aug 11th, 2009, 08:58 AM
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I usually throw in some bubble-wrap as Sandi suggests and also some packing tape. If you don't want to pack a whole roll, then wind some around a short unsharpened pencil or something similar, enough to keep the bubble-wrap from coming off your purchases.
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