Taking a pack to Solzreed turn in on my donkey using 'carrot on a stick' speed buff
If you're going to do trade pack runs, plan you're route once you're past the first required ones. The different travel options available - AA Map - can save time or increase your return per pack. Sometimes it's quicker on the donkey or farm wagon; sometimes public transport or an airbus (cross your fingers you didn't just miss one) ride saves time or a quick boat ride up the coast.
The biggest reward is generally the furthest away, overseas definitely, but crossing several zones is can be worth more than delivering a pack one zone away. But, it also depends on how many other people are delivering packs to the same Trader as what you receive.
During peace time you will notice many people make packs in those zones. It will be up to you to deliver them right away or store them on your farm for later delivery.
West (Nuia) delivery locations
Solzreed Pennisula (docks)
Gweonid Forest (under airbus)
Two Crown (Ezna dock)
East (Haranya) delivery locations
Solis Headlands (dock)
** Freedrich Island (3-4 gilda stars) lots of pirates, so beware
You will only receive gold for continental deliveries, whereas overseas you can chose gold, gild stars or rare materials (need these for crafting) from the resource trader. Whatever you choose will be delivered in less than 24 hours.
You can check the current return on a delivery to a specific area on the vocation tab under "Trade Info". There is also an independent website Trade Profit Calculator. (I use the ingame tab under Vocation.)
Two Crown dock. West can only sell to Gold Trader, East can choose. It's reversed on Haranya.
What you need for Trade Packs
As the crafting in AA has been simplified as well, many common ingredients are repeated in different combinations for the packs, versus a specific plant or meat product that was required in the past. So check your tooltip as to what the finished product is for each item.
A couple of examples:
Dried Flowers for example can be processed from a variety of flower/plant material - azalea and roses are often the easiest to grow/harvest in the wild, but there are other options. Some will give more Dried Flowers, but may take longer to harvest. That's where you need to decide which is better for you - quick harvest/small reward versus long harvest/more reward. Processing will cost 5 LP (labor points) regardless.
Medicinal Powder: processing 10 mushrooms will result in 15 Medicinal Powder versus Thistle (23 powder) or Clubhead Fungus (77 powder). It's a trade off time to grow versus quantity. If you play every couple of days a longer growing plant may be better than one that's ready in two hours, that you won't need or use for 48 hours. Again, all processing costs 5 LP (labor points).
You also must have ten of the same material (mushroom, duck meat, whatever), along with Blue Salt Knife (buy a stack they're cheap) to process. So don't grow just one bean! I gather lots of materials when I have excess LP, so stick the odds and ends in the bank to process when I have ten, or sell on the AH. To process, just click on the product and it will process (costing labor!). Be careful if you're splitting an unprocessed stack too. I've hit the wrong key and processed an ingredient that I didn't mean to.
(Mushrooms, trees and pumpkins growing on a 16x16)
These are the finished products you'll work with for the trade packs and crafting.
Trimmed Meat (chicken and beef). Other meat can work such as turkey/duck, etc. Chicken is the quickest, and also gives you eggs if you feed your chickens.
Orchard Puree (grapes and apples). Other fruit will work too, but grapes are probably the easiest to get.
Dried Flowers (azalea and roses). Azalea are the easiest/quickest to grow but there are a variety of others that will become dried flowers. Lotus/cornflower give more per harvest. Always read the tooltip, sometimes long and slow works if you won't be on, etc.
Ground Grain (barley/rice/beans/wheat). Barley and rice are the fastest, beans give more per harvest. Barley ready in 30-40 min., is pretty quick.
Ground Spices. (iris/mint). Lots of herbs/plants will grind for spices. Check the harvest time though! (Lots of choices here just remember you need 10 of the same kind to process!)
Medicinal Powder. (mushrooms). Mushrooms are the most common, but cultivated ginseng, thistle, clubhead fungus will work.
Chopped Produce. (potato/carrot/cucumber). Cucumber/potato have the fastest harvest time 8-10 minutes, so good if you're leveling the profession too. Strawberries will become produce too.
The second column ingredients are the specific one. Many are used in the first column as well - grapes and apples for orchard puree or mushrooms for medicinal powder - others such as milk, require raising a calf to maturity and milking it.
Trade packs require the below components along with a Quality Certificate purchased from a General Merchant at the Specialty Workbench in each zone. (below info is in your commerce section of your skills window.) AND labor points (LP!)
All specialty workbenches look the same and can be marked on your map.
ZONE ITEM / QUANTITY SECOND ITEM / Quantity
|Solzreed Braised Meat||Trimmed Meat||50||Egg||30|
|Solzreed Dried Food||Trimmed Meat||50||Grape||35|
|Gweonid Dyed Feathers||Orchard Puree||15||Goose Down||15|
|Gweonid Apple Pies||Dried Flowers||50||Apples||15|
|Lilyut Hills Milk Soap||Ground Spices||50||Milk||20|
|Lilyut Cooking Oil||Dried Flowers||50||Olives||12|
|Dwestone Fine Thread||Ground Grain||50||Goat Wool||30|
|Dewstone Distilled Liquor||Medicinal Powder||50||Narcissus||190|
|White Arden Trail Mix||Chopped Produce||50||Milk||15|
|White Arden Figgy Pudding||Ground Grain||50||Fig||40|
|Marianople Duck Down||Dried Flowers||50||Duck Down||30|
|Marianople Sweeteners||Ground Spices||50||Cherry||8|
|Two Crowns Cream||Medicinal Powder||50||Milk||20|
|Two Crowns Pomme Cakes||Ground Grain||50||Pomegranate||10|
|Cinderstone Tart Mead||Dried Flowers||50||Lemon||20|
|Cinderstone Sacred Candles||Ground Spices||50||Bay Leaf||40|
|Halcyona Wheat Biscuit||Ground Grain||50||Eggs||35|
|Halcyona Yam Pasta||Dried Flowers||50||Yams||90|
|Hellswamp Spicy Meat||Trimmed Meat||50||Banana||12|
|Hellswamp Mushroom Pot Pies||Orchard Puree||15||Mushrooms||100|
|Sanddeep Medicinal Poltice||Medicinal Powder||15||Avacado||45|
|Sanddeep Preserved Meat||Trimmed Meat||50||Rosemary||100|