How to pack fragile goods for shipping
Packing fragile goods requires an extra level of care and attention to detail, but unfortunately many people get it wrong and find themselves left with damaged goods. With the right instructions, shipping fragile items doesn’t have to be a chore. Read the following tips for a simple way to safely send fragile packages:
Choose the right cardboard box
- Use only high quality heavy duty boxes made from corrugated cardboard.
- Use boxes with a double or triple corrugated wall.
- Try to get the box size as close to the item size as possible. Boxability offers a range of bespoke corrugated boxes if you’re finding it hard to locate the right size.
- Avoid packing fragile items in used boxes as these tend to be softer and less durable than new boxes.
Use cushioning packing materials
- Bubble wrap fragile items – the more layers the better.
- Use packing peanuts to fill corners and small spaces within the box.
- Cardboard dividers are good for shock absorption and work really well with multiple fragile items such as wine bottles.
- Use proper packaging tape, not masking or cellophane tape, as these aren’t as strong.
Pack your fragile items safely
- Place the item in the centre of the box (make sure it doesn’t touch the edges) with cushioning surrounding it.
- Pack padding material in all spaces and corners and ensure the box is totally full to avoid it being squashed by other boxes.
- Never pack heavy items in the same box as fragile items.
- Cover sharp edges on the item with cardboard or foam to avoid it piercing the box.
- Tape all seams of the box for extra security. Remember to use only proper packaging tape.
- For even more security, double box your item. Simply place the item’s box inside a slightly larger version and pack remaining space tight with cushioning material.
Label your package appropriately
- Clearly mark your package with clear ‘fragile’ and/or ‘handle with care’ notices. This warns shipping handlers that your item is fragile.
- Clearly label your package with an address. If your cardboard box is brown, use a white label. This makes it easy to spot and prevents handlers from turning the package around looking for an address.