If you have a physical address in the UK (not a PO box), but you will be traveling for some weeks every now and then; what's the best way of dealing with your mail?

Royal Mail can forward it to whenever you are, even outside the UK? Can this address be updated to get the post at a different location?

Is it better to let Royal Mail retain it? If possible...

Is there a mail scanning system where you can access and read your mail online?

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    I normally just let it build up at home for when I return. I;d be cautious of any international redirection that isn't permanent - it may take a week or so to get to the foreign address - by which time you may be back home!
    – CMaster
    Oct 6, 2016 at 8:23

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Having done this before though not in the UK I would suggest just putting hold on your mail delivery.

Royal Mail advertises the Keepsafe which is very similar to the US Post offices Mail Hold Service, the only difference being that Keepsafe will cost you. This way your mail is held for up to 66 days and then made available to you.

You can try to set up the Redirection, which will deliver your personal mail elsewhere (including overseas) but this usually is reserved for the moves rather than a short term travel

As far as mail scanning system I would rather avoid those services since anything that goes online you should consider that no longer being private correspondence but if you don't really care about such matters there are multiple services that seem to offer this for you UK Postbox may be one of them (I am sure there are more but I'm not gonna display the entire Google search page)


I have used the Royal Mail redirect a couple of times when I have moved house. The system in place is unfortunately not very flexible.

You sign up (online or in a Post Office) give the Royal Mail your new address and DoB, pay the fee for 3 months, 6 months or 1 year of redirection, the date that you wish to start the redirection (give at least 5 working days before you need the redirection to start) then sit back and watch your post go to your new address.

It is mainly for those moving house/business and not for short holidays. Although they offer redirect worldwide it is not flexible to change the address after setting it up. If that is the case then you will need to setup a new redirect for every new address and pay the fee each time.

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