Proper Packaging Techniques to Protect Your Items during Shipments


When you are all set to shift to a new location, one has to ensure safe transit of all the belongings onboard. In this post I will help you with all the tricks and tips to achieve perfect packaging of all your items.

The first basic step towards this whole process is prioritizing the items on the basis of fragility. More the item is sensitive towards hostility of transit, more the care to be taken while deciding its packaging technique.


Packaging of machinery

The first step is to dismantle the parts. In the case of electronic gadget, supervision from someone experienced is advised. Once the first step is achieved, the articles are to be kept in a temperature resistant, water proof plastic bag.

A separate box should be assigned for the small parts, like the ball bearings, screws, nails etc. All the things are collectively to be placed inside a cardboard box of requisite size.

Once placed, every inch of the empty space is to be filled with polystyrene, bubble wrap or simply crumbled paper. These materials act as shock absorbers, prevent damage while traveling on an uneven road.

Once the voids are filled, the cardboard box is to be sealed with a handheld tape dispenser, going across whole the length of the box.

Finally check for any tear across the body and go for multiple seal if necessary. At last, label the box with a black marker, denoting the materials it is carrying.

Many a times, heavy machinery or equipment should be placed on a crate or pallets. This is to increase the ease of handling.  Now your package is ready for shipment.


Packaging of fragile items

Items with very low ductility, which are highly intolerant of even a little amount of physical tension, are to be packed very carefully. This category includes glass wares, porcelain materials, antiques, other glass works, china materials, monitors, sculptures etc.

Every piece is to be handled with utmost care with individual bubble wrapping the whole body. Further, they should be placed in polystyrene cases inside a cardboard box with no void in between.

Also, “Box in the Box” technique can be used by simply placing the bubble wrapped material in a small box and further placing that small box in a larger box.

The void in between is to be filled with shock absorbing materials.

Followed with proper sealing and labeling, this technique secures the items from every sort of environmental stress and protects your shipment from damage.


4 Quick Tips

#1) While packaging of large items, always go for professional help. Specially designed boxes and crates are available with packers and movers, which will definitely come to your rescue.

#2) Test the seal integretity of your packages from machines like FlexPak or other methods. This will give you an idea if your items will survive the journey and if additional protection will be needed.

#3) Labeling- Every box is to be labeled indicating your complete address with phone number. The labeling should be done at the top and not sideways. If something gets separated out during the transit, it could be easily traced back to you the owner.

#4) Substantial amount of time should be devoted to this entire packaging procedure, to spare you from that last minute hustle.

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