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How to Send a Postcard: A Comprehensive Guide

Originally Published May 28, 2024Updated Jun 03, 2024

How to Send a Postcard During Vacations and Trips

Summer is synonymous with vacations and traveling! Sending postcards from exotic locations not only helps you connect with loved ones but also serves as tangible memories of your adventures.

Steps to Craft a Perfect Postcard

While readily available postcards are a great option, creating a personalized postcard from your photos can be even more special. Here's a simple guide:

  1. Choosing the Perfect Photo: Selecting the right photo is essential. It should encapsulate the essence of your trip, be it a serene beach view or an adventurous mountain trek.
  2. Editing Your Photo: With apps like the Picta Photo, enhance your photos by adding filters.
  3. Printing the Postcard: Print a 5×7 photo postcard at nearby stores like Walgreens, CVS or Walmart.
  4. Personalize the Message: A handwritten note adds a personal touch, but if that's not feasible, a printed note works just fine.
  5. Addressing the Postcard: Ensure you leave space for the address and include all necessary details, especially when sending internationally.
  6. Sending the Postcard: Affix the right stamp and drop it in the mail. You can also save it as a keepsake!

What to Pen Down in a Postcard

Your postcard message should be heartwarming, informative, and convey a snippet of your experience:

  • Detail the thrilling activities you participated in, such as skiing or paragliding.
  • Describe any breathtaking views or wildlife you encountered.
  • Talk about local cuisines that tantalized your taste buds.
  • Express how much you miss your loved ones.

Guide to Sending a Postcard

It's imperative to ensure the correct address and postage while sending your postcard. When in a foreign country, always purchase stamps from a local post office to avoid any discrepancies.

Addressing Your Postcard Correctly

Here's a step-by-step guide to ensure your postcard reaches its destination:

  1. Ensure the recipient's address is written neatly. Utilize any pre-printed lines if available.
  2. Use a local greeting to make it more authentic.
  3. Date your postcard to give context to the recipient.
  4. Position the stamp correctly and make sure the postage is accurate.

How to Perfectly Fill Out a Postcard

Filling out a postcard is a blend of formalities and heartfelt messages. Keep the recipient's information accurate, sprinkle in some fun tidbits from your journey, and ensure the right postage.

If you're facing challenges finding the right postcard, Picta Photo & Walgreens offers a splendid solution to craft a postcard that mirrors your personal experiences.


Leah from Picta

Written by Leah from Picta

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Leah is a self-proclaimed iced coffee enthusiast, "word artist", and brunch connoisseur. 
By day, she makes a living by creating all this content you know and hopefully love for Picta on the blog, in your inbox, or on social media. 
By night, she enjoys cooking up something new in the kitchen, hopping on her road bike, and painting watercolors with a glass of rosé (or two or three)!

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