If you are away from home for an extended period of time it is a good idea to use postal mail forwarding so that you don’t miss any important communication while you are away. Postal mail forwarding is a service we usually think of when we move home permanently, and going to the post office and getting your mail sent forward to your new address is a routine part of a major move. liteblue usps gov

But, it is a good idea to use postal mail forwarding whenever you are to be away from home for more than a couple of weeks. You would not want to miss any important time bound information, or have mail go missing from your mail box, or present an easy target for thieves because of a pile of mail stacked outside your door. Mail forwarding is actually quite easy and can be done online or at the post office. The form used for postal mail forwarding requires that you fill in your full name, permanent address, temporary or new address and the date from which you would like your mail to be forwarded. If it’s a temporary move then you would need to also write down the date from which you would like your mail to be delivered at your permanent address. This from can be filled out for a single person or for all the members of a family.

Mail forwarding services also send you an emailed list of all the mail that you receive, so that you may have them forward only those mails that you believe you need to see, and you can have them destroy any unwanted mails for you. In addition if some information is extremely time sensitive they may even be able to scan a mail and email the contents to you.

They can then either forward this mail to you, repackaged if need be, at a convenient time and location. You can set up a weekly or monthly service or even customize it to suite your convenience and have them forward mail to your location when you know you will be able to receive it.