A family receiving a package via local shipping

Local Shipping Guide for Beginners: 2023 Edition

Sending care packages filled with gifts and treats to your loved ones in the province is a heartwarming tradition that brings families closer together, even across vast distances. It’s also a good way to make your family feel your love on occasions like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day when you’re far away and can’t come home. 

Our team knows how important it is to get your care packages safely and on time to your loved ones. That’s why we compiled these seven tips we learned from years of bridging families nationwide. These tips will ensure that your shipping experience will be smooth and hassle-free.

Shipping Tip #1: Choose the Right Box Size for Your Package

Different sizes of boxes for cargo.

Selecting the appropriate box size is crucial for the safety of your items. Packing your goodies in a large box might create too much space for the items to move around. And the more this happens, the higher the risk that something breaks.

Aside from safety, the right box can also help you save on local shipping costs. Big boxes cost more to ship than smaller boxes since they take up more space. That’s why finding the perfect size for your shipment is important to cut costs.

Shipping Tip #2: Pack Items Strategically Inside the Box

When packing your care package, place heavier items at the bottom and lighter, more fragile ones on top. This makes your box more stable and planted to the ground, limiting unnecessary movement. Moreover, this helps prevent damage during transit. 

To add a layer of protection, use bubble wrap, packing peanuts, or crumpled newspaper to fill any gaps and keep everything snug. Plus, wrap and create extra cushioning for delicate and fragile items like glassware, laptops, mobile phones, etc.

Shipping Tip #3: Label Your Box Clearly to Show the Local Address of Your Shipment

Woman labeling her boxes properly before shipping them.

Clearly label your care package with the recipient’s full name, address, and contact information. This ensures that our team and local partners can easily deliver your box to the correct destination. Also, include your contact information as the sender in case any issues arise during shipping.

Shipping Tip #4: Seal Your Box Safely & Securely

Properly sealing your package is important to protect it from tampering or accidental opening during transit. Instead of regular masking or scotch tape, use heavy-duty packaging tape designed specifically for sealing boxes since it offers better adhesion and durability. 

For added security, use the H-tape method, which involves applying tape along the center seam and side seams to create an H shape. This method ensures that all sides, edges, and seams are covered. 

When sending heavy items or full boxes, reinforce the bottom of the box with extra layers of tape to serve as support. Also, consider placing cushioning material like bubble wrap or packing peanuts at the bottom for extra protection.

Shipping Tip #5: Stay Up-to-Date on Restricted Items for Local Shipping

Before packing your care box, familiarize yourself with the restricted items that cannot be shipped to the Philippines. Common prohibited items include flammable materials, weapons, and perishable goods. If you’re unsure about a particular item, consult our team at CaPEx for guidance.

Shipping Tip #6: Schedule Your Domestic Delivery in Advance

Schedule your shipment well to ensure your care package arrives on time for a special occasion or holiday. Peak seasons like Christmas can lead to increased shipping volumes and potential delays. Planning ahead can avoid disappointment and ensure your loved ones receive their goodies on time.

Shipping Tip #7: Monitor Your Local Delivery with Real-Time Tracking

At CaPEx, we provide real-time tracking for all balikbayan box shipments, allowing you to monitor the progress of your package from pickup to delivery. By monitoring your shipment’s status, you can stay informed and reassure your loved ones about the arrival of their much-awaited goodies.

Bonus tip: Keep it a secret

Add the element of surprise to your care package by not telling your loved ones that you’re sending over a gift. This makes the experience of receiving a care package from you more delightful for them.

Sending care packages to your loved ones in the Philippines is a wonderful way to stay connected and share your love across the islands. By following these seven shipping tips and partnering with CaPEx, you can ensure a smooth and stress-free experience, bringing joy and delight to your family and friends with every deliver