How To Use Boxes, Void Fills, and Fragile Tape to Prevent Breakages During Shipping
Whether you are moving, preparing glass items for storage, sending a fragile gift, or fulfilling online orders, protective packaging is essential for preventing damage and breakages. Keep reading to learn how to use fragile tape, void fillers, bubble wrap, and more to keep your shipment safe.
How To Pack Fragile Glass and Fragile Items for Shipping, Moving, or Storage
Before you invest in fragile packing tape and custom box inserts, you should familiarise yourself with the best practices for packing fragile items for shipping and storage, including:
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Use a well-sized box with about 5cm of space around its contents to allow room for dunnage. Do not simply choose the biggest box available - an oversized container leaves more space for the contents to slide and shift during transit, which can cause damage. Beware of cheap fragile tape and boxes that may not withstand rough handling and shipping conditions.
Wrap items in cushioning material. First, wrap your fragile item with a few layers of packing paper or bubble wrap as an initial level of protection. You can use foam or custom inserts as a secondary protective layer, finally filling any excess space in the box with loose dunnage, such as packing peanuts, air pillows, or shredded cardboard.
Label the package as fragile. Including the words “fragile” or “handle with care” on the tape you use warns courier staff of potential breakages, helping them choose safer and more secure storage places and transport options for the package. Ensure you get a fragile tape roll long enough to mark all the boxes in your shipment for maximum visibility
5 Protective Packaging Materials and How To Use Them
Packing peanuts work best as a base layer under foam inserts or as a void filler to stuff any remaining gaps around the box's contents before sealing it.
Protective foam is the most effective way to prevent breakages when shipping something fragile. Adhesive tape can help hold various foam blocks together and keep smaller items, such as jewellery, separated and secure.
Cardboard box inserts can help divide items in a set, such as plates, bottles, or glasses - place them inside your box, add your items (pre-wrapped in paper), and seal the package with fragile warning tape.
Bubble wrap is best used over packing paper when shipping something delicate or fragile - use cello tape to secure it around each item in the box.
Packing paper is an affordable way to wrap individual items before placing them in a large box and sealing it with fragile sticky tape. You can also crumple or shred it to make recyclable dunnage.
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