Children used to be posted in parcels across the USA, to save on rail fares. Often rail fares were more expensive than posting children, and normally the limit to one package is 50 pounds, so younger children were ideal to send to visit relatives via post – luckily not often packaged, just with postal stamps attached to their clothing.
It was a rare occurrence, but before it was outlawed in June 1920, several children were posted across America so that their parents or guardians did not have to pay the extra rail fare. Post able livestock at the time was included as ‘bees and bugs’ and children were not legally considered to be either of those (surprise?). On the 13th June 1920, the U.S Post Office ruled that it was illegal to send children via parcel post. Hopefully those few children that were packaged up and delivered had enough snacks to last them the journey!
Be sure to check that everything you are posting is able to be delivered in your recipient country, or you may find yourself facing some harsh fines. RAND Logistics can give you an idea of the types of things that are illegal to send via post.
Students! Listen up: if you’re off on your year abroad in September, you’re probably looking around your bedroom and wondering how on Earth you’re going to manage with all those suitcases on your own. Even if Mum and Dad are taking a suitcase each, there’s still a lot to take with you for an entire year. Thankfully, RAND is here to help.
A better idea than taking all your luggage yourself is to send it to your new accommodation, wherever in the world that may be, with a courier such as RAND. It means you don’t have to pay over the odds to take extra hold luggage on the plane, you can avoid having to manoeuvre four suitcases at once through a busy airport and it’s one less thing to worry about at the luggage carousel.
We offer excellent rates for packages sent all over the world, so whether you’re off to the US, China, Europe or anywhere else, get a quote today to make the start of your year abroad go without a hitch.