Fri Oct 25, 2013 2:00 am
If you can afford to sacrifice a wash cloth, get one damp, put it inside a zip-lock bag, and poke little holes in it then toss it inside the pumpkin. This way the pumpkin has some sort of moisture it can absorb while in transit. Alternatively, you can rub some Vaseline on the carved surfaces as a way to keep the moisture locked in to the 'kin. As for packaging, don't use paper packaging because it will absorb the moisture, which is the exact opposite of what you want to happen. Use bubble wrap liberally around the pumpkin, and Nos is right about the balloon inside as well if you go with the Vaseline route. Try to find a box big enough to allow you to really put some extra padding around the walls, floor, and roof of the box. When you take it to the post office, make sure you ask them to put fragile labels on the box. After that is done, cross your fingers and wish upon a star because it's in the hands of the USPS... Actually I did the same exact thing your asking about around a month or so ago for my niece, and it worked out pretty good. The pumpkin got there within a few days and they said it was totally fine when they opened the box.
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