It’s highly likely that most of us will have sent out a parcel or two in our time, even more so in recent years with online selling sites becoming a legitimate way to buy and sell your unwanted items.
But what happens if the item that you’re sending is particularly fragile? What can be done to ensure it gets to its destination in one piece?
Here we’re going to take a look at some of the best and simplest ways to protect your items without having to spend a fortune on packaging supplies.
Reuse and Recycle
Old packaging can be a godsend when it comes to packing fragile items, especially things such as old newspapers, cardboard inserts, egg boxes and plastic bottles. If the item has its own box, fill out the empty space with pieces of newspaper and cardboard, this will prevent it from moving around and will also protect the item from any potential impact.
Even if the item you’re sending has its own box, for extra precaution we would also advise putting it in a larger outer box too. This box can then be filled using leftover packaging; empty (and clean) plastic bottles can be particularly useful here as they can fill large spaces easily and are robust enough to withstand fairly substantial levels of impact. Egg boxes are also a great solution for this if you’d prefer not to use plastic bottles.
If you have a home office, investing in a shredder for your unwanted correspondence will provide you with an instant packaging solution as well as dispose of sensitive information effectively. The shredded paper can be used much like newspaper and also makes a great filler for larger boxes too.
Commercial Packaging Products
There are many items out on the market today that can help protect your fragile items when sent through the post. Some may seem little far-fetched than others be we’re firm believers that the old ones are the best, with products such as bubble wrap, polystyrene packing peanuts and air pillows providing effective protection for your parcel.
Foam packaging sheets are also useful, especially if the item you’re sending has a delicate surface as they are non-abrasive, providing close protection for you item where needed without the worry of causing scratches.
If it’s bottles or glasses that you’re planning to send, you might want to consider inflatable bottle bag to offer complete protection without the need to spend ages wrapping your item in copious amounts of bubble wrap.
Other Useful Tips For Packaging Fragile Items
When you’ve filled your box and you’re happy your item is fully protected ready for shipping, there are a few other neat tricks and tips that will help add extra security and durability.
Avoid sending anything breakable or fragile in a padded envelope or plastic mailing bag as these won’t provide the rigidity needed. A good quality cardboard box (preferably double walled) would be the best option.
Once you have a sturdy outer box, you can add further protection with packaging tape. Run tape the full length of each edge, this will help prevent damage to the box itself and ultimately the items inside. If you want to take things that one step further, reinforcing the edges of the box with foam edging strips and corner protectors are perfect for this, especially if the item is quite large. If you don’t have any edging foam to hand, using strips of folded cardboard will also help to protect the edge/corners of the box.
Another way to add rigidity to a box – especially if the item is heavy – are packing straps. Simple woven polyester straps that go round your parcel, will hold the outer box in place and will prevent it from splitting/coming undone in transit, potentially losing or dislocating the contents inside.
Packing fragile items ready to ship can be tricky, you never quite know if you’ve done enough to protect it on its journey. We hope the tips and tricks we’ve suggested will go a long way to helping you put your worries aside, as well protect your delicate items from start to finish!