How to send a memory stick in the mail

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How to send a memory stick in the mail
Memory sticks are typically small enough to fit in average envelopes. (e-mail image by fotoman_65 from

Memory sticks can be used to store information and data to be read and used on a computer. While simply digitally delivering the files to their intended recipient may be easier, you may have to physically send the memory stick to somebody. If so, mailing the drive is no more difficult than mailing any other package. In fact, a memory stick may be small enough to simply mail using a regular envelope.

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Things you need

  • Envelope or mailing box
  • Stamps
  • Packing material (optional)
  • Mailbox access
  • Post office access (optional)

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    Use a ruler or tape measure to make sure the memory stick is no more than a quarter-inch tall when sitting flat. In order to mail it in a normal mail envelope, the package cannot be more than a quarter-inch thick. If it meets this guideline, place it in your envelope sideways so it's as flat as possible. Also, include any letters or documentation you'd like to send as well.

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    Seal the envelope by licking the sticky tape activated by saliva. Address the envelope to your desired recipient by writing their name and full address on the envelope. If desired, write your name and return address in the upper-left corner of the envelope in case the package cannot be delivered.

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    Place the appropriate number of stamps on the envelope's front upper-right side. How many you need to use will depend on factors such as where you're sending it and how much the stamps are worth.

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    Place the envelope in your letter box and, if included on your mailbox, lift the flag or sign alerting the mail carrier of outgoing mail. Alternately, you can drop the envelope by any United States Postal Service letter box or the post office.

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    Go to your local post office and tell them what you'd like to send, asking for packaging suggestions and options.

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    Choose and purchase your desired package, whether it be a small box or large envelope designed for mailing small items or documents.

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    Use packing peanuts, paper, bubble wrap or another cushion to protect your memory stick during transit, if desired.

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    Place the memory stick in the package and address it using the desired recipients name and address. Take it back up to the counter and a clerk will be able to assist you in determining the cost of sending your specific package based on size and weight.

Tips and warnings

  • If the data or information on the memory stick is important, consider making a backup for yourself before sending it, in case something happens and the package isn't delivered.
  • If you'd prefer, you can use a commercial delivery service such as UPS or Fed-EX, though they typically cost more than the United States Postal Service.
  • See the reference section for specific pricing and shipping information, as well as shipping options directly from the United States Postal Service

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