How To Mail A Letter
Learning how to mail a letter is really easy. In fact, the hardest part of the process is writing it. The instructions below assume that you live in the United States, but the process is very similar to the ones in other countries.
To mail a letter, you will need:
- Postage stamp
- Fold your letter. You need to fold your letter so that it becomes a little smaller than the size of the envelope. Most people fold the letter as neatly as possible so that it looks nice when the addressee opens it.
- Stuff the envelope. Place the letter in the envelope. The sticky part of the envelope should be able to close just as easily as it does when the envelope is empty.
- Seal the envelope. Lick the sticky part of the envelope. If you don't want to lick it, use a wet sponge and wipe it along the sticky part. Pull the flap over the envelope so that it closes. Then, check it to see that it is completely sealed. If it's not completely sealed, wet the end of your finger and apply the moisture to the sticky part of the envelope that is still exposed. Give the envelope a firm press so that it sticks together.
- Write your name and address on the upper left corner of the envelope. This will ensure that if something goes wrong, the postal service will send your letter back to you. Place your name on top and your street address under your name. The next two lines are your city and state followed by your zip code.
- Write the address of the person you're mailing the letter to in the center of the letter. The person's name should be on top. Write the person's street address underneath his name. Write his city and state under that. On the bottom, write the person's zip code.
- Put a stamp on the upper right corner of the letter. You'll need to find out the standard postage price for a letter. If it's 44 cents, then either your stamp needs to be 44 cents or you need to put more than one stamp on it so that they add up to 44 cents. You may need to buy stamps at the post office if you don't have any at home.
- Put the letter in a mailbox. Most mailboxes come in pairs. One will say "out of town" and the other will either say "local" or something similar. Mail the letter in the proper mailbox. Alternatively, you can bring your letter to the desk at the post office.