As anyone who has ever shipped anything knows, there are some specific things you should always keep in mind when packaging your item to be shipped by courier. These five tips will help you make sure your items arrive safe and sound wherever they’re going. Note that Courier services across the country all vary in terms of local regulations, so these tips may vary depending on where you live and ship. However, it’s unlikely that any courier company would reject your package based on these general guidelines, so follow these rules and you can’t go wrong!
1) Label Everything
Labels are very important to include on a package when shipping. Make sure that you use contrasting color labels so that they are easily seen by the shipper. The list of items being shipped should also be written on the label, along with any special instructions or requirements. It’s not a bad idea to write down the recipient’s name as well, just in case something is misdelivered.
2) Keep Items Separate
To keep items from getting damaged, never pack them together. Keep any breakable items away from boxes that can crush them and make sure any delicate or fragile objects are surrounded by ample packing material to absorb the blows when they happen. Place heavier, breakable boxes in the center of the carton so it doesn’t shift around while in transit.
3) Use Padded Envelopes
Padded envelopes are a great choice when shipping delicate items, or anything else that you want to ensure arrives in good condition. You can also find them with cushioned linings and Velcro straps for extra security. Finally, many padded envelopes offer the option of adding lining material (like crinkle paper) between the lining and your package to make it easier to remove from the padded envelope once it arrives at its destination.
4) Add Fragile Stickers
Adding a few fragile stickers to your packages is always a good idea, because most shipping carriers offer insurance against accidental or intentional damage, and the more expensive your item is, the more you’ll want those claims paid out. Although this takes some time and requires a lot of attention at the packing stage of your project, it will save you money in the long run by preventing breakages.
5) Create Inventory Lists
Making an inventory list is a sure way to see if you have missed anything, and what quantities you need. Consider these factors: First on the list is ship date. Second, the total items and weight of each item. Third, the destination country or countries; then state or provinces; then city or cities; then zip code or postal codes. Then try going through your list of items and weight in front of you.