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Final Lesson for College Students and Parents: Pack Without the Pain

Pop quiz: Amid the frenzy of cramming for college finals and wrapping up the school year, how do you quickly and cost-effectively pack and ship dorm room or apartment paraphernalia home for the summer?

Whether you're a parent or college student, it's an easy "A": Use the convenient packing options, express shipping services and economical home delivery solutions from FedEx.

Express shipping
You need to pack up everything in your dorm room or college apartment: a year's worth
of clothes, stacks of books, a microwave, area rugs — the list goes on and on. Who's got
the time to find boxes, pack, and then try to fit everything into the vehicle for a drive or
flight home?

We can help.

Bring your items and your luggage to a FedEx Office location or FedEx World Service Center® for FedEx Express® or FedEx Ground® shipping.

For time-sensitive shipments — let's say you're closing the dorm room door one day and getting keys to new summer digs the next — FedEx Express is the way to go. Depending on the particular services selected, these express shipping solutions will deliver your packages today, tomorrow (early-morning, mid-morning or afternoon), or in 2 to 3 business days. Even on Saturdays.

Convenient delivery options
If you have more time and flexibility for your small-package shipments, choose FedEx Home Delivery®. FedEx Home Delivery is faster to more residential locations than UPS Ground, and Saturday is a standard delivery day, so you can enjoy getting your shipment when you're most likely home — and at no extra charge!

This convenient and cost-effective service — provided Tuesday through Saturday — gets your package home in great shape, backed by a money-back guarantee.1 You can choose from several convenient service options that best meet your needs and count on delivery to every U.S. residential address in the contiguous U.S. in 1 to 5 days, based on the distance to the destination.2

In fact, FedEx Home Delivery provides overnight service throughout most of the country within 300 miles of the shipping origin. Go to FedEx Ground Service Maps to determine if your items can arrive the next day.

Or use one of three convenient delivery options to choose the delivery time that best fits with your busy schedule (additional fees apply):

  • FedEx Appointment Home Delivery®. We contact you in advance by phone so you can choose a specific date and time within a two-hour window for convenient package delivery.
  • FedEx Date Certain Home Delivery®. You select a specific date for delivery.
  • FedEx Evening Home Delivery®. You can specify delivery between 5 and 8 p.m. on the scheduled day of delivery.


No one's home
Not around to receive your shipment? Use our free Hold at FedEx Location option. Send your package to any FedEx Office location near your home and pick it up when it's convenient for you. And if your plans change, you can even request to redirect your delivery while the shipment is in transit.

Here's how. Simply go to and enter the tracking number in the Track a Shipment box on the home page. Once the package information displays, click on the Hold at Location link to request a redirect. Or you can call 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339 to request a redirect.

Steps for easy shipping
For all your college shipping needs, FedEx provides a solution and packaging that fits. The first step is to create a FedEx account. If you're a parent, you may already have one. If you're a student and don't have an account yet, this is a great time to open one. Or you can ship your package without a FedEx account: Just enter your credit card information and you're all set.

Next, create your shipping label online at (remember to save recipients' info for the next time) or use our FedEx® Mobile solutions. Then pack your items and drop them off at your nearest FedEx Office, FedEx World Service Center or FedEx Authorized ShipCenter® locations. For tips on packing, go to Our Services and click on the Pack Like a Pro tab.

If you need help getting your goods ready to go, take your preprinted online label and your items to your local FedEx Office® Print and Ship Center. We can pack items of virtually any shape or size — from books and bedding to medicines and microwaves. With our specially engineered packaging, we can securely ship laptops or small electronic devices such as MP3 players or cell phones. Packing services start at just $4.99. Check out what we can do for you on our How to Pack site.

Start now
Get the supplies you need to pack and ship your items at any FedEx Office or order them online. Then go to to create your shipping labels.

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1The FedEx Ground money-back guarantee applies to deliveries within the U.S. and to brokerage-inclusive shipments to Canada. Restrictions apply. For details, see the FedEx Ground Tariff.
2Delivery to Alaska and Hawaii in 3 to 7 business days.


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