Sunday, November 22, 2009


How to Pack a Box for Shipping

Before you select a shipping company for your shipping service, it's important to pack your box with care. Using substandard shipping materials or packaging items improperly may result in damage to mailed goods and valuables, which costs you time and money.


Things You'll Need:

  • Packing box
  • 2-inch packing tape
  • Styrofoam peanuts
  • Bubble wrap
  • Tissue paper or newspaper
  • Sharpie marker
  1. Step1

    Select a sturdy box that is slightly larger than the shipped items. This allows you enough space to properly cushion the contents.

  2. Step2

    Use heavy-duty, 2-inch packing tape to secure the bottom of the box along the center and side seams. Add additional tape layers for boxes that will contain fragile or heavy items. Tape is inexpensive, so don't skimp.

  3. Step3

    Place a layer of bubble wrap, foam peanuts or wadded up newspaper in the bottom of each box. This initial layer helps with shock absorption, and keeps items from tearing through the bottom if the tape gives way.

  4. Step4

    Wrap each item individually in bubble wrap, tissue paper or newspaper. Fill hollow items with packing material, as well.

  5. Step5

    Place your items in the center of the box, and surround them on all sides with foam peanuts, shredded newspaper or additional bubble wrap.

  6. Step6

    Close the box and gently shake it to determine whether the contents are shifting. If you feel the items moving, add more packing material to ensure that all items are suspended, and will not continue to shift in transit.

  7. Step7

    Add a final layer of peanuts, bubble wrap or packing paper to the top of each box and place a label on top of the packing material. This label should include your return address and the shipping address, and will aid postal workers if the external label incurs damage or falls off in transit. Close the box securely.

  8. Step8

    Tape the box shut using your 2-inch packing tape. In addition to taping the seam shut, reinforce each edge with one to two layers of additional tape.

  9. Step9

    Label your box with a Sharpie permanent marker or other waterproof marking pen. Remember to include a return mailing address in the upper left corner, in case your package does not arrive at its destination and needs to be sent back.


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