How to weigh and measure your parcel without scales or a ruler

The size and weight of your parcel affects the price you will pay to ship a parcel across the UK or abroad. So, make sure you weigh and measure your parcel to get the cheapest delivery rates available to you.
We would always advise you measure and weigh your parcel correctly using a ruler and scales to get the most accurate price and avoid your parcel being held at one of our depots or being returned to you, due to under declaring the weight or size. However, if you don’t have scales or a ruler to hand, take a look at our handy guide below to help you get it right.
If you already know the weight and size of your parcel, head straight to our easy to use booking form

Step 1

Always measure the length, width and height of your parcel 

If you’re struggling to find a ruler or a tape measure to measure your parcel, why not use our helpful paper measurements to ensure you get the dimensions correct.
Alternatively, we have measured up some handy household items which will be able to help you when it comes to sizing up your parcel.   

Step 2

Always make sure you weigh your parcel in kilograms

If you’re struggling to find scales to weigh your parcel try feeling the weight of your parcel against everyday household items.

If you are sending heavier or larger parcels did you know that 2 Litres of fluid roughly weighs the same as 2kg? This handy life hack should help you when it comes to getting the weight of your parcel correct. 

So remember, in parcel delivery, size and weight matters!

As long as you know the actual weight and dimensions of your parcel, our quick quote works it all out for you to provide you with the cheapest International or UK rates.

Send a parcel in the UK

We offer a cheap and fast next day delivery service across the UK with prices starting from as little as £2.49*. You can also save £1.25 on your order by dropping off at one of our 50+ depots or save £2.50 on each parcel you send by dropping off at one of our depots and having your recipient collect their parcel from one of our depots.

Our Next Day delivery prices start from...

  • XS parcel - £2.49
  • Small Parcel - £4.74
  • Medium Parcel - £5.74
  • Large Parcel - £6.74
  • XL Parcel - £9.74
  • XXL Parcel - £11.74

*Prices excluding VAT and based on our depot drop off service. £2.49 price based on depot drop off and depot collection

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Send a parcel Internationally

We ship to over 160 countries worldwide with prices starting from £8.74* and we can deliver to many countries within 2-3 days when you choose our express service. Click here to read more about shipping your parcels abroad.

*Prices excluding VAT and based on our depot drop off service

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Included on all orders

  • Free £25 contents cover on all UK and ROI orders
  • Free £50 contents cover on all International orders
  • We'll collect your parcel from your home or business address
  • Fully tracked online service and delivery notifications for you and your recipient

Ways to make sending your parcel even cheaper

  • Save £1 on every additional parcel you send in a UK order
  • Save £1.25 on every parcel you send if you drop off at one of our 50+ depots
  • Save £2.50 if you drop your parcel off at a depot and your recipient collects from a depot
  • Save up to £35 by using our top up service

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We also have lots of useful help and advice to help you with all your parcel needs:

Prohibited items | Packaging guide | See all countries we ship to

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* £2.49 from price based on a next day XS parcel size with a UK depot drop off and UK depot collection service. Delivery to British Isles, The Highlands, Ireland, Northern Ireland and parts of Scotland operate on a 1-3 day delivery service and can incur further costs. £8.74 price based on a parcel weight of up to 25kg (50cm x 50cm x 50cm) on a UK depot drop off and economy delivery service to Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg or Austria. All prices quoted on content pages (outside of the quick quote and booking form) will be based on the depot drop off discounted price for UK deliveries and on a 0.5kg parcel with dimensions of 10cm x 10cm x 10cm for all international air countries. The size and weight of your parcel affects the price you’ll pay so it’s important to weigh and measure your parcel correctly to ensure your parcel arrives on time without any delays. Use our quick quote for all pricing options.
The £1 saving on every additional consignment sent in a UK order is exclusive to home collection orders only - this discount will not be added in addition to the depot drop off discount or depot collection discount. If you do not select the "signature required" delivery option, UKMail will not be liable should your items be subsequently lost or damaged after the delivery (see clause 5.2.2 of the Terms & Conditions). We define a "Parcel" as a package with dimensions up to 80cm x 80cm x 80cm or up to 120cm x 50cm x 50cm or up to 140cm x 35cm x 35cm. **’Was’ pricing based on the previous fixed collection and signature price for XS and collection price for small. ‘Now from’ pricing based on the new prices for XS and Small with the depot drop off discount applied.

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