Tips for Posting or Shipping Fragile Items
If you have ever had to ship or post an item that may be considered fragile, you probably did so with bated breath.
Tips for Posting or Shipping Fragile Items
By Sally Wilkinson / filmsforaction.org
Oct 25, 2016

If you have ever had to ship or post an item that may be considered fragile, you probably did so with bated breath. You were probably aware that that the item could get to its destination in a condition that was very different from its original one. It can be difficult to determine just how well the package will get handled, even if you do mark it fragile. Thankfully, you can take matters into your own hands. With a few packing tips, you will be able to ensure that the package gets there in one piece. Here is how you can do this: 

Get the Right Box 

One of the reasons that your item can break or be disfigured is due to the fact that it may move around quite a lot. To limit this movement, you should make sure that the size of the container is appropriate to the item in question. You should avoid packing the item in something that is too small or too large. To ensure that you get the right dimensions, you should opt for custom boxes. This way, you will be able to get the perfect proportions and guarantee just the right amount of room. Remember, to keep the width, length, and height in mind when ordering this container. There needs to be an appropriate amount of space on all sides. 

Add Protection 

There are many different materials that you can use to make sure that the object that you are shipping remains well padded. The more common materials include bubble wrap, packaging peanuts, and other Styrofoam creations. Nonetheless, you should consider the item when deciding which one will offer the best protection. If you want, you can even use more than one type of padding. For instance, you can line the container with bubble wrap and then stuff it with paper or Styrofoam. This will provide even more security. You should make certain that all the edges of the container are lined properly. This is especially important if the product is made of glass. Do not forget to put padding on the bottom and the top of the container as well. This way, you know that all angles of the item will be well protected.

Keep the Weight Down 

There is another thing that you need to keep in mind when choosing all of the above materials. This is the weight of the total package. You are going to have to pay charges according to how much the entire package weighs. This means that although you want the item to be secure, you do not want to spend a small fortune doing so. To overcome this problem, you should consider all of the materials that you are using. Take care to ensure that they are sturdy but still lightweight. This goes for the box as well as the packing material. You should also weigh the package at home before you head to the post office or shipping company. This way, you can get rid of some of the excess weight if you find that it is too heavy. 

Using these techniques you will be able to keep your package safe and secure, allowing it to be delivered intact. 

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