If you live in Germany, you’ve probably been there. You do a spot of internet shopping, have them delivered to your home but you weren’t in. You get that annoying bit of paper that tells you to go to the other side of the city, walking around staring at your smart phone’s map trying to find this tiny kiosk that is probably paying the post service to send you there just so they can get a few more people to buy a Kit-Kat as they pick up their deliveries.
Your work doesn’t allow you to have things shipped there, and you think maybe getting a housewife just so that there is someone there when the delivery man comes is a bit excessive. What do you do?!
Get a Packstation!
A Packstation is like a locker block where you can have things delivered. You get sent an email when something is delivered there in your name, and you can pick it up any time of the day or night (to test this out I picked something up at 1am once to see if it’d still work!!)
It is pretty easy – you can sign up online, in English. AND it’s free. When you sign up, they’ll set you up with the station that’s nearest you (mine is in the main station so it’s easy peasy) then they’ll send you a card and a pin number. When you get a notification saying that something has been delivered for you, you go to your packstation, put your card in, enter your pin and then a door will open for you to collect your stuff. Easy as that!
I’ve had mine for a few months now but I can’t believe it took me so long to get it. My life is 10000000% better with it! The only problem is that if you need to sign for something, expect it to be sent back to the sender. And if you’re not able to get Packstations, you can always just get a housewife…