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Why Use Courier Services?

In recent times there has been a lot of talk about the effectiveness of parcel delivery and how to pick out the best delivery service for you. A common question that often arises when contemplating delivery service is “why use courier services?” There are many reasons why courier should absolutely be preferred over regular delivery. We will discuss these reasons shortly, but first the general state of delivery services in the UK should be acknowledged.

Has delivery service gotten worse over the years? Critics have presented this argument before and at times it feels hard to ignore them. Competition between international companies is fierce and as a result some parcel delivery services have tried to cut costs by downsizing or downgrading their services. While this is undeniable, there is good news regarding parcel delivery services. It starts with the new methods and technology that are making their way through the companies. Automation, standardization, and customization have allowed companies to make up the difference.

One of the best results of these new efficiencies is the courier delivery service. While the service is oftentimes more expensive, the costs are absolutely worth the upgrade in service. Courier deliveries offer additional security, tracking, speed, and the ability to customize orders. For a small additional cost, you can be sure that your package will be delivered on time and with care. Courier services are preferable to regular parcel shipping because of the added security and care that your items will receive. If specified, a signature can also be required to receive the parcel. Luckily, this service exists for your most important orders. For a special occasion such as an anniversary, a special birthday or wedding gift, or an important business proposal, sending by courier can be a life saver. If you need to send something important, courier is the preferable method of choice.

The cost of a courier service

If your parcel is going abroad then the cost of transport links and foreign fuel prices also affects how courier services charge.

Another factor to be taken into consideration is when you want the parcel collected and when you need it delivered. Many courier services are busier at the weekends than at any other time, so if you can arrange for collection on a weekday rather than Saturday the cost will be lower. The same thing applies to collection out of working hours.

Then you need to decide the level of service. Do you want same day delivery, 24-hour delivery, three days and so on? The sooner you need collection and/or delivery the higher the rate will be. It follows that if your parcel is not urgent and you can let the courier fit in collection and delivery when it suits them then the rate they quote will be lower than something which is extremely urgent.

TRAVEL: CARRY-ON PACKING

If there’s one thing I know after the past year- it’s packing for long haul flights. After logging close to 100,000 air miles this year I know a few tricks of the trade. Unless you’re a millionaire or celebrity flying first class, sitting in a small seat for upwards of 10 hours straight can be rough. I’d say I’ve got it down about what to pack in your carry-on to make the flight as painless as possible. Obviously there’s the basics- I always bring my computer, phone, ipad etc. But let’s talk about the other things I don’t leave home without:

Notepad & Pen: You’re gonna need a pen to fill out customs documents. Too many times I had to ask the weirdo sitting next to me who’s coughing all over his pen to borrow it. Won’t make that mistake again. Sitting still for 7 to 15 hours leaves you with a lot of time to think. I always use the time to set out my goals and to-do lists so make sure to have a notepad to jot it all down. I love my “It’s only Fashion (But I like it)” notepad from Smythson!

Puku Portable Charger: I love this thing. It can recharge my phone like 10 times. A must!

Good Book & Magazine: I recently read Gone Girl and actually spent the whole 11 hour flight reading it front to back. I really thought it was that good I couldn’t even put it down. Wasn’t the best use or distribution of time, but hopefully you’ll manage the time better than me.

Lip Balm: Probably the thing I use most on the plane! The recirculating air and altitude make the plane extremely dry, I find myself layering on lip balm from EOS constantly!

Headphones:Of course they always have a pair for you to use on the plane, but they are usually uncomfortable and have a 50% chance of being broken. I prefer to bring my own! Love a good leather pair like these from Barbara Bui.

Hairbrush: After sleeping in the strangest positions imaginable that you didn’t even know your body could fit into you’ll need a hairbrush! My brush of choice- Mason Pearson.

Oribe Anti Humidity Spray: It’s not a hairspray but helps your hair from getting frizzy and out of place, especially good if you’re going somewhere tropical!

Face Wash: I try to always go fresh faced make-up free on the plane if I’m flying more than 7 hours or so. When I wear makeup and let it sit for long periods of time I find myself breaking out. Towards the end of the flight I always take a water bottle (of course I’d never put the plane water on my face) and wash my face off in the bathroom beford landing. I love something refreshing like Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash.

Hand Sanitizer: I use this constantly. After everything I touch. Germaphobe!

Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturizing Balm: This is great for after you wash your face. It’s extremely moisturizing (you’ll need it) and also has a good tint. Not make up, not lotion but somewhere in between.

Lip Balm: Obviously I explained this one already! Super important had to add it twice. I love the little coloured lip balm smooth sphere eggs from EOS.

Toothbrush & Paste: An absolute must have. Don’t forget this one

Mints: That on and off sleeping with mouth wide open- believe me you’ll be thankful you have these!

Face Mask: If you have the guts to actually wear one of these SK-II masks in the plane, your skin will thank you forever. Be prepared for the weird stares you will look like Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th lol. A less obtrusive option- Skyn Iceland Eye Patches!

Eye Drops: When I get off the plane my eyes are so dry and red (that damn recirculating air) you’d think I just left a party with Snoop Dogg. Another absolute must.

Eye Mask: I can’t sleep unless it’s pitch black. My luck always getting the neighbour who wants to keep his light on the entire 10-hour flight I’ve realized it’s best to just have one of these to keep all the light out. Having said that, I also usually have some Dior sunglasses with me, in case I need some shade but not full on lights-out!

Vitamin Pack: I love Bliss Glow Sticks, they’re Powder packs full of Vitamin C and immunity building nutrients and minerals. You can go for Emergen-c, airborne, etc. But make sure to have a couple of these!

Backpack: I’ve found that a backpack is my favourite type of carryon. Too many times lugging a non-roller bag running late through the airport with red marks all over my arm because it weighs like 30 lbs. Backpack is the way to go. Love my favourite leopard bag from Simone Camille.

Head pillow: It’s just not possible to sleep with the flimsy “pillow” you get on the plane. Better to have something of your own.

Travel country/city book: It’s always great to have a book about the city you’re going to visit with you on the plane. You can set out a plan and of course just make yourself more excited.

A couple other tricks not pictured– I always bring some snacks of my own. Crackers, nuts, etc. But weirdly I love bringing an avocado and a mango or two. They’re great plane food because they don’t need to be refrigerated. Avocado makes any meal better (you have no idea how jealous the seat neighbours are when I start slicing mine up), and a mango is so much better and healthier than the chocolate sludge you get otherwise.

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