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Suitcase Shipment to Santiago

benita

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Camino(s) past & future
2015
#1
Hello all!

I am wondering if anyone has shipped a suitecase from either SJPP or from Pamplona to Santiago. I am doing several weeks of traveling before and after my camino and will have a fairly large suitecase which I plan to mail to Ivar to store while I walk so I want to confirm that I am able to ship the suitecase via the post office.


Thank you in advance for the feedback and thoughts!
 

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Frances - Spring (2014)
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#2
Hello Benita, Yes it is very possible especially within Spain. Today I mailed a suitcase to Ivar from Madrid at the post office here, then let him know through email. Tomorrow I am at my start . The post office likes it wrapped - they did it for me (plastic wrap). Sending within Spain is recommended. Buen Camino.
 
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Frances - Spring (2014)
Frances- Spring (2015)
#4
Forgot to mention, per Ivar, the post office requires it locked. No box needed, just locked and wrapped in plastic. Buen Camino.
 
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#5
Hello Benita, Yes it is very possible especially within Spain. Today I mailed a suitcase to Ivar from Madrid at the post office here, then let him know through email. Tomorrow I am at my start . The post office likes it wrapped - they did it for me (plastic wrap). Sending within Spain is recommended. Buen Camino.
Hi Saramago
Did the staff at post office in Madrid need to inspect before you locked and sealed ? Or could you have it all ready 'to go' and they will accept the parcel to mail.
Annie
 

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grayland

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Camino(s) past & future
Yes
#6
They do not inspect the contents. They simply require that it be secured...and you should also want that. I used a box I got at the post office once and one I found on the street on the way to the post office, another time.
I suggest you buy a roll of the clear packing tape at the post office and give it a good wrap-up....at a minimum.
Pretty easy solution. I did that the last time.
Just don't make it easy to access. A simple lock alone will not secure it for the journey it will take.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances - Spring (2014)
Frances- Spring (2015)
#7
Hi Saramago
Did the staff at post office in Madrid need to inspect before you locked and sealed ? Or could you have it all ready 'to go' and they will accept the parcel to mail.
Annie
For a suitcase a box is not needed. Just bring it packed with a lock. They do not inspect. They will wrap it in plastic right over the suitcase itself and they will tape it. They then affix the label directly onto the plastic, leaving the wheels and handle free. Buen Camino.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances - Spring (2014)
Frances- Spring (2015)
#8
For a suitcase a box is not needed. Just bring it packed with a lock. They do not inspect. They will wrap it in plastic right over the suitcase itself and they will tape it. They then affix the label directly onto the plastic, leaving the wheels and handle free. Buen Camino.
From Madrid it was 25 Euro for a somewhat large suitcase. But they weigh and measure it and take distance into account.
 

grayland

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Yes
#9
I think the plastic wrapping service would be limited to a "some" post office facilities. I would think it a fantastic service but have never seen it.
Many Spanish post offices are very basic and many very busy with number taking machines.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances - Spring (2014)
Frances- Spring (2015)
#10
To be helpful in the area of luggage transfer within Spain, and not contradictory to the opinion above, my luggage was sent at a small post office on the 7th floor of a department store similar to Macy's in Madrid City Central behind tables and lamps for sale. The plastic (Saran Wrap) and tape would not be visible to a customer in line but kept in a small closet. Additionally, when sending within Spain, the return address should be a Spain address - a hotel or Ivar's (not a U.S. or other address outside Spain). the purpose of the wrap is to affix label, cover lock on main area only. My luggage was received by Ivar three days later and he kindly sent me an email on its arrival. I am current on the Frances, having just walked into Leon. Buen Camino!
 

benita

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2015
#11
Thank you so much for all of this helpful information. I appreciate it so much.

My suitcase at the moment is 20kg so I am hoping I can find a service to carry it from SJPP to Pamploma where there will be a post office and from there I will then mail it to Ivar.

If anyone has suggestions on who to use to get the suitecases to pamploma I would be interested.

Thank you again!!!! Can't believe I'll be starting my first camino this week.

Buen camino!
 


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