Anyone send a care package ahead of time

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Anyone send a care package ahead of time
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Tue, 09-02-2003 - 2:12pm
I read a suggestion a while back about sending a care package tothe hotel with snacks, diapers, etc. We will be staying at the Contemporary. I am nervous that the package will get lost as I will have to send it ahead of time and obviously without a room #.

Has anyone done this? How did you address the package? Was the package there waiting for you when you arrived?

TIA, Judy

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Tue, 09-02-2003 - 3:41pm
Kerri did this and I think one or two other people may have. From what I remember the high points were

-mail it so it arrives no more than 2-3 days before you do

-mail it directly to the resort with your name, arrival date and reservation number

-Don't use the USPS. Use UPS or FedEx


If it's just groceries you're sending, I've been seeing a lot of reccomendations all over the different message boards for netgrocer.com. Seems they have cheaper shipping rates than if you took a box to UPS or FedEx

Sonya

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Tue, 09-02-2003 - 5:23pm
Thanks for the tip Sonya...I never thought of that and will take a look!
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Wed, 09-03-2003 - 1:58pm
I sent stuff last summer and I highly recommend it. We shipped via UPS. To confirm the address I called the reservationist and he told me the address of the resort. On the back of your reservation form there should be an address and that is what he told me but to eliminate the PO box.

We just wrote on the package "attention arriving guest....our name". We put our return address (obviously) and our date of arrival on it too.

I think it cost about $15 (although dh shipped from work so it was free) and it weighed about 30 lbs or more.

The things we shipped were stuff we didn't want to take back home, like diapers, wipes, food-snacks, laundry detergent, etc....(granted we took the extras home but it wasn't alot). It saved a whole suitcase for us too, instead of 3 we had 2.

Because we shipped UPS, they give you a tracking number and the day before we left we looked it up on line and it said it was already in Orlando. When we got to the Polynesian, we forgot about the package at check in but remembered when we got to our room. We called the front desk and they transferred us to mousekeeping or bell hop one of them and we told them what we were waiting for and they delivered it to our room with in 5 minutes. The package was unharmed, undented.

I would definately do it again.

Kerri

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Wed, 09-03-2003 - 3:47pm
Thanks Kerri! I'm definitely doing this....as you said all the baby stuff adds up to one less suitcase! ~Judy
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Thu, 09-04-2003 - 6:48am
Kerri this is such a great idea I would like to do it for our next trip, but I don't have baby stuff to ship (DS is 3 now!! no diapers or pullups!!)

Wonder what other stuff I could ship...

~Heather

~Heather

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Thu, 09-04-2003 - 7:17am
Heather, we buy some of our souviniers at home before we go...I bought one of those 18" Disney park looking dolls for $9.00 ..and I also bought 3 of the barbie type dolls. I also caught the beanie babies on sale at the outlet 2/$5 and then 40% off of that. anyway, it's got me thinking about boxing up that stuff....plus our leftover souviniers from the last trip...and shipping it to us. Of course as LOUD as my 3 yo is, I'd like to ship her to make the ride a little more comfortable!!

~~Beth

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Thu, 09-04-2003 - 9:57pm
oh yes...loud kids! and that is why we're trying the train....DH would drive and I'd be stuck bwtween 2 car seats of crayons, puzzles, and travel games.

now if they'll sleep?

HA ha!!!

probably not!

Betsy