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Try It, You’ll Love It: USPS Informed Delivery Is Great for Travelers

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Try It, You’ll Love It:  USPS Informed Delivery Is Great for Travelers

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Keeping on top of home life can be tricky when you’re away, especially if you’re traveling for an extended period of time.  Because unfortunately, traveling doesn’t excuse you from adulting.  You still have to manage everyday responsibilities, like paying your bills on time.

Luckily, the USPS has a service that can help you do just that.  It’s called Informed Delivery.

The USPS’ Free “Informed Delivery” Service Is a Great Tool for Travelers Who Need to Stay In the Loop While They’re Away From Home

When you sign-up for Informed Delivery (it’s free!), you’ll get emailed a daily digest of the mail or packages you’ll be receiving each day.

Why might this be beneficial?

I don’t know about you, but sometimes it’s hard to take off knowing you’ll have a massive stack of mail to sort through when you get back.  That often leaves me feeling anxious.  Will a bill be late?  Will a package be returned because no one was there to accept it?

With Informed Delivery, you’ll be able to keep tabs on it all, by getting a digital preview of your letter-sized mail.

Plus, registering is easy and only takes a couple of minutes.  Just go to the Informed Delivery sign-up page and click the “Sign Up for Free” button.

It’s Incredibly Simple to Sign Up for USPS Informed Delivery

After that, you’ll have to enter your address.  Then you’ll click “Continue.”

First, You’ll Have to Verify Whether the Service Is Available In Your Area

From there, you’ll be asked to add more of your personal information, like email address and phone number.  You’ll also have to verify your identity by answering a handful of questions.

And that’s it!  You’re registered to start tracking your incoming mail electronically.

Signing-up only took me ~2 minutes, and after using the service for a few weeks I’m hooked (and I haven’t even been traveling!).

Here’s a snapshot of an email from Informed Delivery:

Yes!  I’m Getting a Check From Ebates Today!

I was notified I’d be receiving 5 pieces of mail and 4 packages.  And sure enough, that’s exactly what was delivered to the door.

Pic of Cute Puppy for Attention

I plan to continue using Informed Delivery, and believe it will be especially convenient and helpful the next time I plan to get away.

What do you think about this sort of service?  Do you find it helpful?  Do you use another similar service?  Or would you rather completely disconnect while you’re on vacation?

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And just note for those who might be hesitant to sign up thinking that the USPS is trying to spy on people, they are already scanning your mail like this. All signing up for the program is doing is telling them to also send the images to you. There’s really no reason not to do this.

Thanks for that Frank. Part of me was wondering if this was over and above what they normally did with the mail and why it would be offered for free.

I am also a fan. Have had this for a few months now and it’s nice to know what’s coming and to get alerts when packages are delivered. Since USPS offers free mail holds, I always set one of those up for trips and then have the accumulated mail delivered the day after I return. That saves me from a random package being left at the door while I’m gone. I find the UPS version of this to be even more helpful because I can’t set up holds with them for free so it really helps to get a notification in advance when I can email a neighbor or someone to grab the package for me once it’s left.

I work for the USPS and love this app. On our last 3 week trip to Ireland, I was able to tell my daughter, who stayed home for college, what mail needed to be opened. The rest she put into a tote bag and I didn’t have to worry about it. Informed Delivery is a great travel tool.

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Hi Rhonda, That’s a great way to use it! I didn’t even think about using it in that way. 🙂

I was waiting for an important letter package and informed delivery said it was delivered. Checked the mail box and it was not. Noticed the USPS delivery person in my neighborhood and mentioned it to her that day. Around 4 pm she shows up at my door as the package had been misdelivered.

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Bob, I’ve had the same issue before as well. Now that I’m registered for Informed Delivery, hopefully tracking down missing mail will be easier next time. Thanks for sharing your experience!

It is great until you don’t get a piece of mail. They have no explanation except it was somebody else’s fault. No accountability other than you know it didn’t get delivered.

Sure, it definitely sucks when mail is misplaced or lost, but I feel like it’s better to know that it was en route than to know nothing at all.

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