While we use only the best carriers ‘ship’ can still happen so here’s our top packing tips
We select only the best freight companies around the globe however on the odd occasion when freight volumes are particularly high you will still need to pack robustly so Aunty Anne won’t be opening up some cracked china on Christmas Day! Unfortunately adding ‘fragile’ or ‘handle with care’ stickers just won’t cut it – help prevent parcel damage as much as possible using our top packaging hacks:
Check the maximum weight capacity of each box
Just ask your closest Pack & Send service centre for the maximum box weight limit suitable for transporting your gifts and weigh your items in-store before purchasing. Measure and weigh the box just before you book it to be consigned to avoid any unexpected oversize or overweight charges (in case it’s larger or heavier than you first stated).
Use only new, double walled boxes
Old boxes are more flimsy and aren’t as strong when protecting more fragile gifts. Double walled (cush) boxes contain two sheets of corrugated cardboard which are firmly glued together for better rigidity and protection. We only retail this premium option in-store so your parcels arrive safely to their destinations. We sell a range of sizes and shapes to more closely match most commonly sent items.
Be generous with internal fillers
Internal packaging, such as bubble wrap or foam chips reduce movement inside the box and provide extra cushioning and yet another layer of protection. Allow at least 50-100mm of padding depending on the fragility of the Christmas gift you’re sending. Note that if the proportion of the gift to the overall box size is low, use even more filler to avoid internal damage as much as possible. Alternatively visit us in-store so we can show you a range of other more advanced packaging options and methods such as foam in place.
Seal boxes well
When sealing your parcels, ensure you use strong and wide parcel tape to fasten them. Tape around all of the edges to strengthen the corners and prevent the box from falling open in transit.
Tape in an ‘H’ pattern
- Fold two of the smaller box flaps in followed by the two larger ones.
- Seal the edges of the cardboard box going across the whole length of the box where the flap edges join.
- Seal the edges of the cardboard box going across the whole length of either side of the box where the flaps were closed.
As ‘fragile freight is our forte’ we’ll do our utmost best to transport packages safely around the globe daily during this peak season however getting your packaging sorted avoids any unwanted Christmas Day disappointments! Call in-store if you need our freight experts to give you advice on your seasonal sending or get a quote online.