Ever needed to request private possessions from home?

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1. Posted by AndyZeromax (Budding Member 4 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Before I started travelling seriously I stored all of my belongings at my parents' house. I was very lucky that I could count on them as my "homebase" during my adventures. I told them it might happen that they have to send me a parcel at some point. For example when your travel pharmacy runs out of items that are hard to get where you are. Or if you find a place where you decide to settle down for a bit longer and you need a few personal amenities to feel more at home (e.g. possessions with high personal value that you don't want to replace).

Until now the only thing they had to do was to forward me a new credit card because mine got blocked during the journey. But in my mind it felt like I could request any object from my possessions at home to my location anywhere in the world. Kind of like a military support airdrop (except it takes a few days longer).

Have there been any situations where you would have liked to request something from home during your travels? Or maybe you just wanted to order something online (like travel gear replacement) but it didn't ship to your current location, so you ordered it to a friend in your home country so they could forward it to you?

Did you do it or just consider it? International express delivery is not cheap - how did the price play a role in your decision?

2. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2018 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Is this leading to promoting a service?

3. Posted by AndyZeromax (Budding Member 4 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

No, not at all. I've been wondering out of personal curiosity if other travellers have been in similar situations.

4. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1628 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

When we were traveling on our boat for six months at a time, we left someone in charge at home (in our case it wasn't our parents who were all deceased - it was one of our children). Occasionally we would need to have parts or materials sent to us. Most of the time it was inside the US but sometimes we would be in the Bahamas. In most cases we would have the stuff sent to one of the other children.

So we were going from Maryland to Florida and I found that I did not have the computer charts south of South Carolina. So I phoned the computer chart company and had them overnight the disk to my son in SC. Also I had left a computer to be fixed and had not heard from them so I phoned and they said that they had lost my address. So I had them mail the computer to my daughter in Miami which was where we were going next.

As far as international, it is more common for me to send things home than for me to get things from home. I have sent home suitcases full of travel information and dirty clothes. Once in Spain in October we had all kinds of thermal stuff and it wasn't that cold. So we sent all our thermal and cold weather stuff home.

5. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2491 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Hi Andy.

Fill out your profile so you look less like a spammer.

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"Until now the only thing they had to do was to forward me a new credit card because mine got blocked during the journey."

Always a good idea to have back up credit and debit cards available. Besides losing a single card or having it stolen you could damage it making the card unusable. (I always have copies of the information page in my passport including visa stamps for just in case!)

I have been accused of taking too much with me on my trips. So far, so good and never needed something mailed from home.

6. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2018 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Quoting AndyZeromax

No, not at all. I've been wondering out of personal curiosity if other travellers have been in similar situations.

Fair enough. Often when we get someone with a blank profile asking about something very specific, it is a setup for spam.

I can't imagine ever needing anything sending from home whilst travelling. Generally where travellers go, and create a market, people see the opportunity and set up selling everything they may want, often cheaper than at home.

The ultimate fallback would be asking family to wire money out, but I'd hate to be in the position of asking. We each usually carry three cards, plus cash, but I suppose we could get in the position where we'd been robbed.

7. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1533 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

When we need something while traveling, we go to a local store and buy it. Most places have‚Äč the necessities of life and they are often cheaper than at home. There are a couple over-the-counter meds we buy in Europe because we can't get them at home and they are safer and better than what we have at home.

We each carry several credit and debit cards and any prescription meds we need (glaucoma for instance). It had never occurred to me to have anything shipped from home.

8. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1628 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Like you I would usually just buy whatever it was that I needed. Although it might be necessary to have documents sent to you. (copy of a passport or something like that, or as was said a new credit card if one was stolen)

I get some of my prescriptions by mail (90 days at a time) and I might need to get something forwarded to me if I was going to run out during the trip and I couldn't persuade them to send it to me early.

9. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1389 posts) 4w 1 Star this if you like it!

I'm sure AndyZeroMax will get the responses desired from posting on TPP as well as Rick Steves' Europe forum:

Ever needed to request private possessions from home?

Posted by zero-excl.maximum on 06/07/20 08:14 AM

Before I started travelling seriously I stored all of my belongings at my parents' house. I was very lucky that I could count on them as my "homebase" during my adventures. I told them it might happen that they have to send me a parcel at some point. For example when your travel pharmacy runs out of items that are hard to get where you are. Or if you find a place where you decide to settle down for a bit longer and you need a few personal amenities to feel more at home.

Until now the only thing they had to do was to forward me a new credit card because mine got blocked during the journey. But in my mind it felt like I could request any object from my possessions at home to my location anywhere in the world. Kind of like a military support airdrop (except it takes a few days longer).

Have there been any situations where you would have liked to request something from home during your travels? Or maybe you just wanted to order something online (like travel gear replacement) but it didn't ship to your current location, so you ordered it to a friend in your home country so they could forward it to you?

Did you do it or just consider it? International express delivery is not cheap - how did the price play a role in your decision?

10. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1533 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Interesting . . .