Tips on Packing Fragile Items for Shipping

July 29, 2014 in Blog by admin

One of the most important parts of shipping any item is making sure that it will not be damaged during transit. The best way to do this involves knowing how to properly package and ship an item for transit. This will help to protect the item from things like getting wet, broken, or mixed up while it is being shipped.

The first part of packing an item involves simply making sure that it will not get wet. It is a good idea to put the item inside of a plastic bag that will protect the items being shipped even if the shipping box happens to be left in a puddle or out in the rain.

It is also important to make sure that items do not get mixed up while they are being shipped. This is important if the item is something like a model or display package that requires all of the parts to be in order when they get to the receiver. The best way to do this involves taping the items down with the use of clear shipping tape. If multiple small items are going to be shipped it is a good idea to simply tape the items down to a piece of scrap cardboard.

Finally, with these issue taken care of one should now consider protecting the whole package from shocks while it is being shipped. This can be done with a number of different kinds of packaging materials including bubble wrap, bunched up newspaper, packing peanuts, Styrofoam, and foam batting. It is important to put the packing material around the item so that it will be isolated from all sides of the shipping container. The packing material should be placed tightly around the items, but it should not be solidly compacted until there is no give in the packaging.

Finally, one can now label the package so the shipping company knows how to treat it. Simply labeling a package as fragile will go a long ways, but there are a number of other labels that will encourage the shipping company to treat it with more care. It is a good idea to put a sticker that shows right side up. It is also a good idea to put on a label that says handle like glass, and another one that states that the shipping container should not be stacked with over two other boxes on top of it.