Properly packaging your items for shipping or storage is the most important step. Once that package leaves your sight, it can potentially get banged up and tossed around in the shipping process. It’s important to protect fragile products prior to packaging them up. This keeps them protected from being damaged and broken while they are shipped and stored from point A to point B.
You’ll need to use packaging material that cushions your products and prevents them from moving around inside the box. Avoid using things like towels, clothing, and blankets. While these items may seem like a good idea, they won’t hold up under pressure if your package is dropped or banged by other boxes in loading centers. Here are five tips for packaging your fragile products correctly:
1. Finding the Right Box
It’s important to use a box that is sturdy enough to safely hold your items inside. Using a flimsy, thin box can result in unwanted damage to your products. The box needs to be the correct size for your products as well. It should be big enough to hold your products safely, while also preventing them from moving and bouncing around inside the box. Once you’ve got your box, you’ll need to prep it prior to filling it with your products. Tape the bottom of the box closed with reinforced tape. Add a layer of packing material inside the box once it is secured. Now you’re ready to fill the box.
2. Packaging Materials
You’ll need to use packaging materials that absorb impact and withstand bumps. The packaging materials will vary depending on the type of products you are packaging, but the materials you want to stick with are:
- bubble wrap
- packing peanuts
- shredded paper
- air pillows
- packing foam
- tissue paper
If you prefer biodegradable supplies, there are quite a few planet friendly options to choose from. Using biodegradable goods helps prevent waste from endlessly piling up in a landfill somewhere. Here are a few green companies that offer reusable, biodegradable packing supplies.
3. Protection from the Elements
Keep the elements in mind when wrapping your fragile item in it’s protective wrapping. If your item will be stored long term, you’ll want to consider things like air temperature and humidity. Wrapping it in packaging that is not breathable could result in damage if your box is stored in an environment that isn’t climate controlled. If your package is being shipped, consider elements like rain and snow. Depending on what you are shipping, it may be necessary to wrap your products in plastic wrap prior to sealing them inside the box.
4. Take Your Time
Packaging fragile items takes a little time and patience. Your plates will need to be packaged vertically, in boxes lined with packing peanuts or shredded paper. Place newspaper in between each standing plates inside the box. Glasses, along with all other fragile products, should be wrapped individually. Fill glasses, and other items with hollow openings, with crumpled newspaper. After you’ve got your products in the box, fill the empty space inside the box with materials such as packing peanuts or crumpled newspaper.
5. Don’t Apply Pressure in Packing
Be careful not to wrap your fragile products too tightly. Fragile items like antiques, glassware, crystal, and fine china can break under the pressure if they are wrapped too tightly. Try to avoid applying too much tension when packing these items up.