If you have items ready for posting but have no idea how to package them correctly so they’ll arrive at the destination in good condition then this article is for you. If you are looking for customized boxes and other packaging needs, you can order at online sites like Paper Mart.
The first thing you will need is finding the right box for your items. The box must be a bit larger compared to the items. The space should be enough to insert some cushioning materials, many options are also available at Paper Mart, around the item to protect it while shipping. The box must contain the proper label together with a return address. If the box you are using has been used before, make sure to cover any remaining labels or any other addresses and information using a black marker.
When packing, make sure to use the proper cushioning materials such as paper, foam, bubble wrap or peanuts. Before sealing, try closing the box and giving it a little shake. If you hear or feel the items shift then add some more cushioning inside. Remember to put a label inside the package as well.
When sealing the package, only use the following recommended tapes: paper tape, packaging tape (either brown or clear) and reinforced packing tape. All of these must have a minimum width of 2 inches. It is not recommended to use the following: cord, cellophane tape, string, twine and masking tape. The opening must be properly taped while making sure all seams are properly reinforced.
In case of items with irregular shapes, follow these guidelines:
– If you are sending bare metals, it recommended that all sharp edges are securely covered with cardboard pieces. The label of the item must be taped to it and not just attached as tags.
– For rolled items such as wallpaper and fabric, corrugated boxes must be used for packaging. If not available, put inside a bag and make sure it is wrapped securely to avoid any damage inside. Label must also be included.
Check for specific posting guidelines before sending your package to make sure your package meets the specific requirement.