Have you ever found yourself needing to mail something and wondered, "Wait, is it even legal to send this?" If you're in Texas, you're not alone. Items in all shapes and sizes can be sent through the mail, so it's easy to get confused about what's allowed and what's not.

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According to a posting from the United States Postal Service, some items are a big no-no when it comes to mailing around the Lone Star State. Thankfully this isn't a huge list, but it'll give you a good idea of what to keep out of your packages.

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Alcohol

Sending a bottle of Texas whiskey to your buddy in another state may need to be put on hold. Mailing alcohol comes with a bunch of regulations and is generally a no-go.


 

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Firearms and Ammunition

This one might not come as a surprise. There are strict federal laws about mailing guns and bullets, so it's best to avoid these altogether.


 

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Explosives and Fireworks

Planning to mail a Fourth of July surprise? Better think again. Anything that goes boom is off the mailing list.


 

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Drugs and Certain Medications

Whether it's prescription drugs without proper papers or illegal substances, mailing these can get you in hot water.


 

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Hazardous Materials

This includes a wide range of items from chemicals to certain batteries. If it's hazardous, it's best left out.

Mailing laws can be complex, but they're there for a reason: to keep everyone safe. So, before you seal that box or envelope, take a moment to make sure you're not about to send something that could cause trouble for you or the recipient.

The key takeaway from all this is to think before you mail. If you're unsure about an item, a quick check with your postal office can save you from unintentional hot water. Keeping the mail safe is a collective effort, and being informed is the first step.

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