Packaging items to be sent by post requires preparation to prevent breakage and can also prove costly if done incorrectly. But by following four simple steps, you can package your item with ease without having to spend a small fortune on materials.
Choose The Box Based Off Of The Weight Of The Parcel
Before you even begin to send the parcel, you must choose the type of box based off of the weight of the parcel, this is because a heavy parcel will require a box made of a thicker material. For example, a parcel that is heavier than 2Kg may require double corrugated cardboard for the package as this will be able to withstand the weight during shipment. These can be bought online and sent to your business or home in bulk, allowing you to save money on materials. In addition to finding the right box, there is also the customisable option of printed mailing bags for lighter items. This will provide the perfect solution for your business and is often the cheapest way to send smaller items.
Pick The Right Sized Box
When you have picked the right box, it is then time to consider the size. When choosing your box, it is important to leave a 1-2 cm gap around the outside of your item. This will help to keep the item securely in the box and prevent it from rattling around in the box. The same rule applies when you are sending multiple items together as they will require a 1-2mm gap around the outside of the parcel for inner packaging. This is important to remember with every package to ensure that there is no damage during shipping.
Add Inner Packaging
When you have left 1-2 cm around the outside of your parcel it is crucial to add inner packaging. If the item you are sending is particularly fragile it may be worth wrapping the item itself in bubble wrap. This will make sure that the item is protected should the box be dropped or move around when being delivered. By adding other inner packaging such as air pockets or packing peanuts, you are adding additional protection that will prevent the item from breaking. Air pockets will also help to hold out the edges of the box during transit limiting the crumple zones that can leave the item to break.
Ensure The Box Is Sealed Correctly
The final step to ensuring that your items do not become damaged is sealing the box securely. This should be done with packaging tape and should be applied to the top and bottom of the box. Packing tape is the perfect option for sealing the box as the gum creates a bond with the cardboard. This is a watertight bond that prevents the box from opening during transit. Additionally, there is the option of labelled packing tape with the word fragile. This style of packing tape will indicate to the courier or delivery service that the item requires care when handled.
Whether you are looking to send a parcel to a friend or family member or you are a business looking to pack up a shipment, these are the essential steps that you must follow to ensure that your item does not become damaged during transit.