When you are looking for personal shipping solutions, packaging is an important factor and we have put together some “Packaging Musts” that need to be part of your personal shipping regime. Everything from choosing the right shipping box, the type of tape you use, your cushioning material and means of being more sustainable, growing trends are making an impact in the shipping and logistics world. So, how can you keep up? Keep reading!
- Getting the shipping box or chest solution to fit your need. Finding the right box or chest is as easy as looking up the dimensions and the make of the shipping solution. By knowing the dimensions and the build, you know the area that you have to pack your persona shipping goods and how much you should include in it. These include cardboard boxes and wooden chests.
- We recommend getting new cardboard boxes. The reason behind this is the fact that 50% of strength, stability, and sturdiness of a box wears away after one use.
- Therefore, if you are looking to ship some items such as textbooks in a used cardboard box, you should be wary that the box may suffer from wear and tear during delivery.
- Reinforce the seams with tape. We recommend an “H” seal for both top and bottom sides of the cardboard boxes. We recommend that you first seal the sides flaps and then use one long strip of tape to seal the both flaps in an “H” fashion. You should utilise a 3-inch poly adhesive tape to ensure that it stays well-sealed.
- When packing your goods into the shipping box or chest, leave a 2 inch gap around the goods for cushioning. We recommend using the likes of bubble wrap, packing peanuts, air packs or even packing foam. However, we would advise staying away from using the likes of newspapers or tissues especially with fragile items.
- Always get the boxes or chests in the right size for the product being shipped and have it handy, so that they are practical and functional. With functional shipping solutions for your personal shipping needs, you are not going to overstuff your shipping boxes/chests with packing materials and is a more sustainable option too.
- If you are shipping fragile or liquid materials, take due care when packing, and labelling, so that not only are the goods taken care of, but also other shipments are not affected (in the event of spillage).