One of the best ways to send stuff to the Philippines is by using a balikbayan box. You can fit a lot of stuff in them and they’re very economical. The only downside to balikbayan boxes would be the time it takes for them to get to the destination. Since the boxes have to travel by ship, it could take months before they arrive. For most people, myself included, the wait isn’t that big of a deal.
When I went to the States last year, I accumulated a lot of stuff that I would eventually bring back with me. Stuff like clothes, gadgets, shoes, souvenirs and an Xbox 360 with quite a few games. The only logical way to get them here was by using balikbayan boxes. When you pack balikbayan boxes, you have to really make sure that nothing is able to move, and if there is something that will move, then put lots of bubble wrap or something to protect it. These things are gonna be on a boat for months, then handled by people, I wouldn’t want anything to be damaged, especially since it took a long time to get here.
My Grandma sent the boxes sometime in January, and they arrived about a week ago. So that’s about 3 months or so. She wasn’t able to give us the tracking number, so we didn’t know when the boxes would arrive. We got 3 boxes, 1 of which was just full of my clothes. We had a box that had a lot of candy, I don’t think it’ll last long, haha.
The boxes actually came at a good time because they had board games which come in real handy during brownouts. I mentioned earlier that we also got an Xbox 360 and some games, well, these aren’t too fun when the brownouts happen, but it’s great when there aren’t any brownouts. We actually have another Xbox, so we could link them and a few of us could play against each other. The Xbox we already had also has a Kinect sensor which we barely used before because we only had 1 or 2 games for it, which were boring. I got a couple more games for it, one of which is one of those dancing games, which my cousins seem to enjoy.
One thing I did learn for the next time is to be organized. We actually forgot to put some stuff into the boxes and when they arrived, we wondered why they weren’t there. It would’ve made it way smoother and less aggravating if we had organized everything ahead of time so by the time we had to put everything in the boxes, it might have taken less than an hour, two tops. I also wish we sent the boxes earlier so they would arrive earlier. Oh well, you live and you learn.