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One of the great things about summer for many people is family holidays camping around the country and beyond - and that's not to mention the music festivals that require tents - albeit probably one that probably won't last the weekend. But if you're selling one on eBay, Gumtree, Facebook Marketplace or Preloved or sending it to a friend or loved one how do you get it shipped to them?
Sending a tent cheaply is easy when you use our quote engine as we find the exact cost for your parcel based on the dimensions and delivery destination. We offer couriers who can come and collect your camping gear and deliver it the very Next Day such as Parcelforce 24 and UK Mail, or couriers who can take big and bulky parcels like Parcelforce Large and DX Freight.
If you are sending a pop up tent, or a childrens tent, you may be able to use our Drop Off services with DPD Pickup or Parcelforce, meaning no need to wait in for the courier to come and collect.
For something larger or heavier like a large air bed, 9 or 12 man tent, camping chairs or heavy cooking equipment then having a driver come and collect from your home or work address makes much more sense than having to queue with a hefty box at the Post Office.
When we typically write our help files, there's not normally so much of a variation in size and weights for the items we're giving shipping guidance on. But when it comes to tents there are the micro tents for people backpacking or mountain climbing to those semi-permanent ones that can seemingly house an entire extended family.
For a two-man weekend tent weighing 4kg boxed and measuring 70cm x 30cm x 30cm via Parcelforce 48 would cost just £9.95 + VAT. A Priorirty Next Day before 12pm service via Parcelforce, which comes with extended addtional protection cover of up to £2,500 will ensure your parcel arrives the next working day morning after collection from just £11.85 + VAT.
If you move up to a four person tent that weighs 13kg and measures 78cm x 34cm x 34cm then you may be surprised to find out that it would also only be the same cost as shipping a smaller tent as listed above due to the large weight categories we have with Parcelforce.
We also see customers sending other camping related equipment like Caravan awnings which weigh about 37kg, so then we can offer customers services like DX Freight for delivery in the UK. We also have pallet delivery services with DX to cater for those large and bulky items.
Parcel Monkey offer a wide variety of delivery services for camping equipment if you need to send your parcel abroad. We have European Road services if you are moving goods to the continent and need to keep the delivery costs down, such as with Parcel Monkey Europe by Road, plus we have Parcel Monkey Air Express, DHL Air Express and more.
No matter if you are moving goods long haul to the USA or Asia, Parcel Monkey can find you a cheap parcel delivery solution.
Please do make sure that your tent is boxed to avoid damage. Just putting it in bin bags would help protect your tent from potential damage anywhere near as a secure, solid cardboard box. With tents, ensure all the ropes are wrapped inside the main body of the tent or ground sheets. Whatever item you are shipping, ensure that there is no room for the goods to move around in inside the box.
You can read more about packaging your item correctly on our guidelines page.
Parcel Monkey Local can be used to go and collect second hand goods being sold locally to you via Facebook Marketplace, Gumtree or eBay. This can work out cheaper than hiring a Van, or even if you are buying large items from a company like Cotswold or Go Outdoors, arrange a Same Day collection and choose the size of vehicle you need.