We all know the feeling: you’re out and about when you suddenly need to print something… but have no idea where to go. You start considering possibilities – public libraries, your mother, do hotels have printers? as the panic mounts.
The world might be moving towards paperless and QR codes, but there are still plenty of situations when you urgently need a physical document – whether it’s a contract, an application form, or a resume for that chance connection meeting.
So where can you print anywhere in public? Luckily for now, there are still lots of options for printing on the go – from hotels to airports, and everything in between.
Here’s how to print anywhere!
Print anywhere services while you’re traveling
1. Do hotels have printers you can use?
If you’ve ever wondered whether you can print at your hotel, the answer is (usually) YES!
Many hotels have public printing services either at the front desk or in dedicated business centers – so there’s no need to stress about getting hold of your documents for a meeting or a boarding pass for your next flight. And if your hotel has printing, chances are they’ll also offer guests copying, scanning, and fax services as well.
Most major airports have printers available for use, either in a business center, or at fax and print kiosks. These might be listed in the public directory, otherwise you may need to ask at the customer service desk.
If you need to use an airport printer, arrive early – as there can be lines for the kiosks. You’ll need to have your documents saved on a USB or in your email. And remember, not all airports have public printers so it’s best to check before you arrive. Also keep in mind that the fees tend to be higher than outside the airport, so printing multiple pages can be costly.
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Other public printing services
3. Library printing
Public libraries aren’t just for books – they’re also an easy way to print! They’re open to the public and offer PC use and printing access at a low cost per page, but you’ll probably need to become a member first.
4. Copy and print shops
While they may be are going out of fashion, but they do still exist – so you can do a quick Google search of your local area or simply type “print shop near me”. They also offer supplies related to paper and other documents.
5 .Office supply stores
Stores like Staples and Office Depot are a great place to get something printed fast – and at an affordable price point. They also offer document options such as stapling, hole punching, lamination, and binding.
6. Shipping providers
Couriers and delivery services, such as UPS and FedEx offer printing and copying on the go – using a partnered app. They may also allow you to upload documents on the website and pick them up at any of their many stores.
7. Online printing
Don’t need it in a hurry? Online printing can be a good option if you don’t need your printout urgently. Many companies will allow you to upload files online and have the printed documents shipped back to you. This is often cost-effective for printing large volumes, as online print stores tend to have lower prices or free shipping.
The newest print anywhere solution: cloud-based printing
In the (not so) good old days, you might have handed over your files to staff via email or a USB, or uploaded them to a web printing portal… and you never knew whose prying eyes might land on them. But with most people traveling with tablets, laptops, and mobile devices, more public printer services now provide access to secure cloud-based printing.
This allows you to print directly from your device to designated printers at a specific location, such as a hotel. Cloud-based public printing services may use a mobile printing app, without having to download and install printer drivers or connect to the network.
A secure release code system keeps all documents private. After you send the document for printing, you receive the code which is required to release the print job – preventing other users from accidentally getting hold of your documents.
Speak to our team about PaperCut’s cloud print services.
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