If you already have a good assessment of what you need when you pack and ship your parcels, you’re well on your way. Packaging materials count for a lot, of course, so it follows that you should go for the best packaging materials you can find, especially in regard to boxes. But apart from the packaging materials, you should also be aware of the proper packing and packaging techniques so you can be sure that your parcels arrive safely and without any damage whatsoever. There are various packaging considerations, and these techniques and methods can help you protect your parcels and their contents and help you avoid any inconvenience such as problems with customs or delivery. Here, then, are the top parcel packing techniques you should always remember.
The top packing and packaging techniques
- First, make sure there is no space within the container or box. You should make it a point to fill any space available, so the contents of the box will not move around during transport. If the contents of the box move too much, this can damage not only the box but, more importantly, the item.
- Make sure that the box is sturdy and strong, and for this, you can use white postal boxes such as those from UK Packaging, which are double-lined and made from strong kraft board as well.
- So you don’t leave any space, you can use void fillers on the box’s base, such as packing peanuts or pellets, shredded cardboard, or bubble wrap. When choosing materials as void fillers, be sure they can provide enough support for the content’s weight, as there are materials which may deflate or sink under the item’s weight.
- Always put the item in the centre of the box or container, and leave around six centimetres of space around the item and the external walls of the box. It’s essential that you remember this when trying to determine the appropriate size of the box relative to the contents.
- It is also crucial to wrap each item individually if you are sending more than one item. For this, you can use either corrugated dividers or inserts or other materials such as foam pellets or shredded cardboard. The dividers can help you avoid any damage to the items and prevent them from bumping against each other whilst in transport.
- If you are sending loose or small items, place them in a plastic bag or in a container placed inside the box so the items will not be separated whilst being transported.
Some standard packing and packaging methods
- The most common packing and packaging method is simply placing items in a double-walled or double-lined box, and then placing the item(s) centrally within the box with the above-mentioned 6-centimetre space around the item and the external walls. Fill the empty space with void fillers. If the item you are sending is at risk of being affected by staining or moisture, place it in a sturdy plastic bag. This method is often used for non-fragile items such as machine parts, printed matter, and metal parts.
- The ‘box in box’ method makes use of a second box for added protection, and it’s useful for more fragile objects or if you will use the inner box for retail. With this, simply prepare both an inner and outer box. If you can use the original packaging of the item as the inner box, then just place it inside the outer box. Alternatively, you can pack the inner box using the basic packaging method. The outer box you choose should be a minimum of 14 centimetres bigger than the inner box, and it is recommended that you use a double-lined or double-walled box as well.