Step-By-Step: How To Ensure Your Package Survives Shipping

Receiving a damaged package can be heartbreaking, I've been the recipient of more than a few.

But by using proper packaging techniques, and choosing a reliable carrier, it can be avoided altogether.

I've put together a short guide to help you pack your items and get them to their destination safely. No more cracked screens or broken glassware.

What you’ll need:

-New, corrugated box

-Packing tape

-Styrofoam peanuts or packing foam

-Bubble Wrap or packing paper

Packing Step-by-Step:

Wrap your item snuggly in a few layers of bubble wrap or packing paper. If you’re shipping multiple items in one box make sure they are all wrapped separately.

Tape your bubble wrap or packing paper to the item to ensure it doesn't come off during shipping.

You can choose to double-box fragile item(s) for added protection. Find a smaller box, that’s just bigger than your wrapped item(s), place the item inside, fold all the flaps and tape all the seams. Make sure the smaller box fits inside the bigger box with a few inches to spare on every side.

Choose a new, corrugated box that is a few inches bigger than your item(s) on all sides. By choosing a box that is bigger than your item(s), you are making room for the cushion of packing material that will stabilize your item(s) during shipping. The cushion is the key! Don’t choose a box that is too big, you'll only add unnecessary cost in packing material and dimensional weight.

Turn your box over and fold the small flaps inward, followed by the bigger flaps. Use packing tape to tape along all the seams of the bottom of the box. This technique is called ‘H-taping’. It will add strength and rigidity to the box — and prevent your item(s) from falling out the bottom.

Turn your box over and fill up the bottom with a few inches of styrofoam peanuts or packing foam to start building your cushion.

Place your item(s) on top of your bottom cushion and fill in the rest of the voids around your item(s) with your styrofoam peanuts or packing foam. Ensure that your item(s) are firmly suspended a few inches away from all sides of the box and each other. The goal is to fill all the voids so that your item(s) are completely stabilized and won't move at all inside the box when the top is taped closed.

Place your shipping label and any other documents (ie. customs documents) on the outside of the box and tape it shut along all the seams. For fragile item(s) place fragile stickers on different sides of the box.

And it’s done, your package is ready for shipping.

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