How To Ship Fragile Items
Posted on 2013-11-25
Shipping companies provide a great service, allowing people to send products and possessions across the world. Unfortunately there is a risk of breakage during transit, particularly when it comes to shipping fragile items. Minimising that risk is easy with correct packing techniques, just follow these steps from About.com.
- Assemble some packing supplies including newspaper, bubble-wrap, plain paper, masking tape, packing peanuts, egg cartons, boxes and a marker.
- When you're sending a delicate container like a vase or a jar, stuff it full of foam or wadded-up paper to strengthen the container.
- Wrap your object in paper first, bearing in mind that newspaper might leave ink marks on some surfaces.
- Use bubble-wrap to create a layer on top of the paper, securing both layers with a generous amount of masking-tape.
- Ship small, breakable items in their own little cardboard containers, with bubble-wrap and paper layers underneath.
- Multiple small boxes can go inside a larger box. Just put more packing materials between each box, and the outer box layer.
- Put a card with the address and recipient on top inside the box.
- Seal up your outer box with sturdy packing tape so it stays shut during transit.
- Use a marker pen to clearly label your box's destination and recipient, and to denote that the contents are fragile.