Pack Your Boxes with Confidence! Tips for Shipping Securely
Whether moving the contents of your home or sending a gift, the key steps for packing a box correctly are the same. The goal is to protect what is inside and help it reach its destination. If you worry every time you ship a package about the condition it’s in when delivered, maybe it is time to learn the secure way to box things up. We have some tips to help you pack with confidence and avoid unnecessary mishaps.
1 - Choose the Right Materials
- New or slightly used boxes – Worn cartons can break down under heavy weight. Liquor store boxes are usually only used once and are built to support glass bottles.
- Specially designed containers – For fragile items like dishes, use a dish barrel box. This sturdy cardboard container comes with dividers and thick protective sides. It is well worth the additional cost.
- Packing tape – Do not use masking tape or adhesive tape. Use a two-inch-wide variety of packing tape. Reinforce the bottom of the box as well as any seams.
- Paper, bubble wrap, foam peanuts – These materials will prevent your belongings from shifting or breaking. Newspaper is an option but the stiffer white packing paper does not flatten out as quickly.
2 - Use the Right Size Box
- Start at the bottom – Choose a box larger than the item you are shipping. Place a thick layer of crumpled paper or bubble wrap at the bottom of the box. Pack the heaviest items first followed by the lightest on top.
- Pack it tight –Wedge paper or foam peanuts into the space around it. Before closing, add a layer of padding on top.
- Weight matters – A full box should be no more than 30 pounds. Fill the carton with your items and packing materials. Avoid under-packing a container because it can collapse. An over-packed one can burst open.
- Seal and label – Tape the lid securely. For packages, place a shipping label on the top, side and bottom. For moving boxes, list the destination as well as the contents on all labels.
3 - Organize Your Packing
- Don’t mix rooms – When moving, fill boxes in each room of your home. Do not pack boxes with items from multiple areas. Labels can help the movers know where each container goes.
- Ship smartly – To send a breakable object, use towels, pillows, or even clothing as packing material. (Not all presents must be gift wrapped!)
- Research your carrier – Go online and shop around. Compare services and rates.
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