A mailbox filled to overflowing with catalogs, bills and letters is a telltale sign that you are out of town and no one’s checking on your home for you while you’re away. If you’re leaving town and you won’t have a house sitter bringing your mail in for you, you can have the U.S. Postal Service hold your mail while you are away, then you can get all of your missed mail at once when you come back to town. The Postal Service will hold your mail for any trips lasting between three and 30 days.
Step 1 – Visit the USPS.com website as early as 30 days before your trip, or as last-minute as 3 a.m. EST the morning before you leave, and click on the “Hold Mail” link under the “Manage Your Mail” menu heading.
Step 2 – Enter your address in the provided fields and click on the “Check Availability” button to see if online mail holding is available in your area.
Step 3 – Fill in the dates you would like your mail to be held and choose whether you want all of your held mail delivered to you when you return home or if you’d prefer to pick up your mail at your local post office when you return.
Step 4 – Hit the “Submit” button and write down the confirmation number you receive. Use this number if you need to make any changes to your mail hold, such as cutting it short or extending it.
Step 1 – Stop into your local post office branch during business hours and ask for a “Hold Mail” form.
Step 2 – Complete the form and either hand it to your letter carrier or mail it back to your local post office.
Step 3 – Call the Postal Service at 800-275-8777 and ask to schedule a vacation mail hold over the phone.