The Best Way to Mail a Package Overnight

by Ann Frederick; Updated September 26, 2017
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Tax returns, mortgage closing papers, a part needed to repair a car---there are times when overnight shipping of items is a must. Customers should expect to pay a hefty price for this priority service. It may cost you 11 times more to ship an item overnight than it would with a three-day delivery time. Internet research can help you find the best way to mail a package overnight.

Items you will need

  • Computer
  • Internet connection
  • Web-browsing software
  • Flexible measuring tape
  • Scale
Step 1

Package the item you want to ship. Make sure you use proper mailing tape. You could go to your local UPS store or post office to purchase an appropriate mailing box and packing materials such as bubble wrap or peanuts.

Step 2

Measure and weigh your item. Write the address and return address on your item legibly.

Step 3

Visit the websites of major delivery services such as FedEx, UPS and the U.S. Postal Service and enter information about the shipment to determine the cost of overnight shipping service.

Step 4

Drop the item off at the shipping center or order a pickup.

Tips

  • You can save money by taking the item to the carrier’s shipping center instead of scheduling a pickup.

About the Author

Ann Frederick has been a professional writer since 1993. She began her career as a television news producer and then transitioned into public relations, working for local, state and federal government agencies. Her professional awards include a silver ADDY. Frederick holds a Bachelor of Science in communications from Florida State University.

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