Search 62305 Camino Questions

Advertisement

Mailing a ReSupply Box to Correos ?

Robo

Veteran Member
Time of past OR future Camino
Frances 2015,
2016, 2018
VdlP 2023
No I haven't gone nuts.
And I know I'm walking through a civilised Country with stores along the way....... :oops:

Just a thought.
I have some medically related 'consumables' (not drugs) that I use on Camino.
They are quite specific and not available to me locally in Spain.

Normally I can carry a months worth without too much trouble.

But my Camino next year might be 60-70 days.

So in the interests of space and weight, I thought I might mail a small 'resupply box' to a half way point.

Am I right in thinking that I could have this mailed to a Correos?
Maybe pick one in a larger town

Has anyone tried that? Will they hold it for a few days?

I've heard people do it when sending excess stuff to Santiago, but not 'along the way'.
I'm looking at maybe Zamora or Astorga for a resupply.

On the Correos website they mention mailing stuff to Santiago.
But I didn't spot anything about a more general 'Post Restante' type service.

Any tips most appreciated.
 
Last edited:
Peaceable Projects Inc.
Peaceable Projects Inc. is a U.S.-based non-profit group that brings the vast resources of the wide world together with the ongoing needs of the people who live, work, and travel on the Camino de Santiago pilgrim trail network in Spain.
Now to successfully prepare to avoid failure
Learn how to Get "Camino Ready " 3rd Edition

mspath

Veteran Member
Time of past OR future Camino
Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
No I haven't gone nuts.
And I know I'm walking through a civilised Country with stores along the way....... :oops:

Just a thought.
I have some medically related 'consumables' (not drugs) that I use on Camino.
They are quite specific and not available to me locally in Spain.

Normally I can carry a months worth without too much trouble.

But my Camino next year might be 60-70 days.

So in the interests of space and weight, I thought I might mail a small 'resupply box' to a half way point.

Am I right in thinking that I could have this mailed to a Correos?
Maybe pick one in a larger town

Has anyone tried that? Will they hold it for a few days?

I've heard people do it when sending excess stuff to Santiago, but not 'along the way'.
I'm looking at maybe Zamora or Astorga for a resupply.

On the Correos website they mention mailing stuff to Santiago.
But I didn't spot anything about a more general 'Post Restante' type service.

Any tips most appreciated.
Robo,
Check out this earlier post re Poste Restante and this also.

If you do mail to yourself print your name exactly as it appears on your official passport. Be prepared to show your passport when you pick up the package.

Happy planning and Carpe diem.
 
Last edited:

natefaith

Moderator
Staff member
Time of past OR future Camino
2009, 2014, 2017
Rob,
If you were not already thinking along these lines, I do recommend you mail yourself something (to Lista de Correos) once you're in Europe/ Spain, and not to ship it from home. Foreign shipments get stopped all the time by Spanish customs, and you need to fill out paperwork and pay taxes first before they'll release it to you. This can become pretty cumbersome. Occasionally the postal worker will bring you the package and have you pay taxes on the spot, but it's hard to predict when they do this and when they just keep packages in customs.

Buen Camino! :)
 

Katherine Radeka

Active Member
Time of past OR future Camino
Camino Francés (2022, 2023)
We investigated this for similar reasons. This would work if you fly into Spain so that you can mail it from within Spain. There is a post office in SJPP but we couldn’t figure out whether or not there would still be a customs issue getting across the French border. There is a smaller post office along the way, I think in Burgete with limited hours, but for all practical purposes the next major post office is in Pamplona.

You will need to allow extra time for this initial mailing, and for picking up mail along the way.

You will need to make sure that you are in town when the post office is open, and that will impose some constraints on your schedule.

We ended up shipping our bags ahead every day instead of this, but if we had decided to carry everything, we would have done this.

We did mail boxes to Ivar in Santiago, And also returned a key by mail that we had accidentally taken from an albergue. We found that the Spanish post office workers were friendly and helpful to peregrinos.
 
Camino Jewellery
A selection of Camino Jewellery
Now to successfully prepare to avoid failure
Learn how to Get "Camino Ready " 3rd Edition

trecile

Moderator
Staff member
Time of past OR future Camino
PAST - Francés, Norte, Salvador, Portuguese
The information that you need is on the Correos website.


We investigated this for similar reasons. This would work if you fly into Spain so that you can mail it from within Spain. There is a post office in SJPP but we couldn’t figure out whether or not there would still be a customs issue getting across the French border.

Or mail from the post office in Madrid before heading out on the Camino?
I believe that @Robo is planning on walking the Via de la Plata.
 

J Willhaus

Veteran Member
Time of past OR future Camino
2016, 2022
Actually if mailing to Zamora, the Correos is still in the old town, but off the Camino. Zamora is an interesting old town to visit if you want a rest day. I know you don't always do the albergue thing, but the albergue is wonderful and built into a part of the old city wall. It is open all year and staffed by HosVol volunteers. There is a paradore right around the corner if that is more your style (probably a pilgrim discount) and there are other options with private rooms as well. Lots of stories about El Cid, the siege of Zamora, the death of King Sancho, etc. Much of the old wall is intact and/or restored.
 
Time of past OR future Camino
2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 x 2, 2017, 2021, 2022
@Robo, I've done this many times, and once from Madrid! Will do it again this year, too. Different offices provide different 'tip's'. One that I've used a lot, is to address it to AND from yourself, and for you, mark it Peregrino. Some will tell you to pick it up by a certain date, and take it seriously with an open mind. The medium size towns are sometimes very happy - even excited to help! Belorado, Burgos, Sahagun, Leon have all been a great help. But times have changed - ask the folks at Correos! I've always found them very helpful!!
Good luck, and Buen Camino
 
Last edited:

RRat

Active Member
Time of past OR future Camino
Planning 2017
No I haven't gone nuts.
And I know I'm walking through a civilised Country with stores along the way....... :oops:

Just a thought.
I have some medically related 'consumables' (not drugs) that I use on Camino.
They are quite specific and not available to me locally in Spain.

Normally I can carry a months worth without too much trouble.

But my Camino next year might be 60-70 days.

So in the interests of space and weight, I thought I might mail a small 'resupply box' to a half way point.

Am I right in thinking that I could have this mailed to a Correos?
Maybe pick one in a larger town

Has anyone tried that? Will they hold it for a few days?

I've heard people do it when sending excess stuff to Santiago, but not 'along the way'.
I'm looking at maybe Zamora or Astorga for a resupply.

On the Correos website they mention mailing stuff to Santiago.
But I didn't spot anything about a more general 'Post Restante' type service.

Any tips most appreciated.
Instead of asking us, who don't really know the specifics, ask the clerk at the Correos counter. I found them to be very helpful and considerate of Pilgrims. In my case I shipped a parcel to Santiago early in my Camino. The clerk asked for my planned arrival to Santiago. Since I would be approaching the 30 day limit to hold a parcel at the destination, she asked if I wanted her to hold the package for a week to give me a little more time. Probably not the official process but so considerate.
 
Pocket guide that pack a punch
1.4 oz (40g) pocket guides with gems of wisdom to ponder during and after your Camino
Donation to the Forum
A donation to this forum helps it continue to exists and also removes all ads for you.

Robo

Veteran Member
Time of past OR future Camino
Frances 2015,
2016, 2018
VdlP 2023
Rob,
If you were not already thinking along these lines, I do recommend you mail yourself something (to Lista de Correos) once you're in Europe/ Spain, and not to ship it from home. Foreign shipments get stopped all the time by Spanish customs, and you need to fill out paperwork and pay taxes first before they'll release it to you. This can become pretty cumbersome. Occasionally the postal worker will bring you the package and have you pay taxes on the spot, but it's hard to predict when they do this and when they just keep packages in customs.

Buen Camino! :)

Good idea, many thanks
 

Robo

Veteran Member
Time of past OR future Camino
Frances 2015,
2016, 2018
VdlP 2023
Instead of asking us, who don't really know the specifics, ask the clerk at the Correos counter. I found them to be very helpful and considerate of Pilgrims. In my case I shipped a parcel to Santiago early in my Camino. The clerk asked for my planned arrival to Santiago. Since I would be approaching the 30 day limit to hold a parcel at the destination, she asked if I wanted her to hold the package for a week to give me a little more time. Probably not the official process but so considerate.

Thanks. Yes, that would make sense, but I live in Australia, and would prefer to know what is possible before I arrive in Spain. Otherwise I could end up dumping stuff at the start.

The initial idea was to have a couple of parcels that could be mailed from home as required, but I see it is much better to mail from within Spain.

It looks like it will all be possible. I didn't read the Correos website clearly.
Mailing to Santiago is certainly a specific service and I have used that in the past.
But it seems Post Restante services are actually available on all routes.
 

dougfitz

Veteran Member
Time of past OR future Camino
Spain: Mar 2010, Apr 2014, May/Jun 2016. Norway/Sweden: 2012, 2018. Other: 2011, 2019. CP (tbc)
It looks like it will all be possible. I didn't read the Correos website clearly.
Mailing to Santiago is certainly a specific service and I have used that in the past.
But it seems Post Restante services are actually available on all routes.
@Robo, there are still some limitations to the Post Restante service. The Correos website states that they will hold a Paq Peregrino for 30 days. This is about twice the time normally available for holding Post Restante items, but still might not be long enough for you if you are contemplating taking taking a couple of months of walking. So if you are contemplating packing a parcel for later in your pilgrimage, you might need to post it to somewhere you will reach in the 30 days, and re-post it from there.
 

Robo

Veteran Member
Time of past OR future Camino
Frances 2015,
2016, 2018
VdlP 2023
@Robo, there are still some limitations to the Post Restante service. The Correos website states that they will hold a Paq Peregrino for 30 days. This is about twice the time normally available for holding Post Restante items, but still might not be long enough for you if you are contemplating taking taking a couple of months of walking. So if you are contemplating packing a parcel for later in your pilgrimage, you might need to post it to somewhere you will reach in the 30 days, and re-post it from there.

Yes, good point @dougfitz .

Having found the right page, it's all quite clear now. :rolleyes:
Parcels can be sent to any post office, not just Santiago.

 
Last edited:
Camino Jewellery
A selection of Camino Jewellery
Camino Maps
A collection of Camino Maps from the Camino Forum Store

trecile

Moderator
Staff member
Time of past OR future Camino
PAST - Francés, Norte, Salvador, Portuguese
@Robo , you might be able to send a suitcase-size pkg addressed to @ivar in Santiago. I don't have the link to exact info at the moment, maybe he will see this and send info to you.
Yes, you can send a suitcase or suitcase sized package to Casa Ivar, but it sounds like @Robo is wanting to resupply while he is on the Camino, before reaching Santiago.
 

Robo

Veteran Member
Time of past OR future Camino
Frances 2015,
2016, 2018
VdlP 2023
@Robo , you might be able to send a suitcase-size pkg addressed to @ivar in Santiago. I don't have the link to exact info at the moment, maybe he will see this and send info to you.

That would be an outstanding idea................if I wanted to send something to Santiago ;);)

FWIW. I have used @ivar 's storage service and it's excellent.
 

dano

New Member
Time of past OR future Camino
On Camino Frances
We investigated this for similar reasons. This would work if you fly into Spain so that you can mail it from within Spain. There is a post office in SJPP but we couldn’t figure out whether or not there would still be a customs issue getting across the French border. There is a smaller post office along the way, I think in Burgete with limited hours, but for all practical purposes the next major post office is in Pamplona.

You will need to allow extra time for this initial mailing, and for picking up mail along the way.

You will need to make sure that you are in town when the post office is open, and that will impose some constraints on your schedule.

We ended up shipping our bags ahead every day instead of this, but if we had decided to carry everything, we would have done this.

We did mail boxes to Ivar in Santiago, And also returned a key by mail that we had accidentally taken from an albergue. We found that the Spanish post office workers were friendly and helpful to peregrinos.
We had a very similar good experience with the post office mailing from Barcelona to Logroño and hopefully have a box waiting in Santiago. We had changes of clothes in there as well as our hike crossed from summer to fall and nice to have a different shirt and underwear after a month.
Buen Camino
 

JabbaPapa

"True Pilgrim"
Time of past OR future Camino
100 characters or fewer : see signature details
I certainly agree about mailing the stuff from within Spain - - though instead of a Post office, maybe send it to a particular and friendly Albergue that you intend to stay in ?

The principal ones at Zamora and Astorga would be tricky for that purpose, but some of the little private ones along that section should be OK.

And this would help you avoid getting stuck if you happened to get into town on the weekend or a holiday, with a closed Post office.
 

Robo

Veteran Member
Time of past OR future Camino
Frances 2015,
2016, 2018
VdlP 2023
I certainly agree about mailing the stuff from within Spain - - though instead of a Post office, maybe send it to a particular and friendly Albergue that you intend to stay in ?

The principal ones at Zamora and Astorga would be tricky for that purpose, but some of the little private ones along that section should be OK.

And this would help you avoid getting stuck if you happened to get into town on the weekend or a holiday, with a closed Post office.

Thank you @JabbaPapa .
And 'welcome home' to Santiago.
Raising a glass to you and your epic journey :)
 
How to Successfully Prepare for Your Camino
The focus is on reducing the risk of failure through being well prepared. 2nd ed.
Camino Way Markers
Original Camino Way markers made in bronze. Two models, one from Castilla & Leon and the other from Galicia.

Most read last week in this forum

Buen Camino, after completing last 100km of Camino Frances on backpack, my toes are full of blisters and really painful. Been walking with blisters for past 3 days. I dont think I could take it...
I'm considering doing a winter camino in late January/early February. This means I have to set aside my spontaneous nature and actually *gasp!, plan out where I'm going to sleep each night. I'm a...
OK. Now I know this topic may have come up many times. And I tried the search engine. But didnt come up with a definitive answer. So Im going to ask it anyway. Now I did the Camino Frances back it...

How to ask a question

How to post a new question on the Camino Forum.

Similar threads

Forum Rules

Forum Rules

Camino Updates on YouTube

Camino Conversations

Most downloaded Resources

This site is run by Ivar at

in Santiago de Compostela.
This site participates in the Amazon Affiliate program, designed to provide a means for Ivar to earn fees by linking to Amazon
Official Camino Passport (Credential) | 2022 Camino Guides
Top