The essential dos and don’ts of packaging when sending a parcel via courier

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The essential dos and don’ts of packaging when sending a parcel via courier

Sending a parcel via courier is a simple task yet, many people are not aware of the essential dos and don’ts in making sure that the parcel is packaged correctly.

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Do use the right packaging techniques.  This prevents a lot of hassle at the outset, since certain items may be damaged upon arrival if they are not packed using the correct materials.   It is wise to keep certain materials on hand for the task.  For example, where it concerns outer packaging, do use materials such as:

Jiffy bags

Strong parcel tape

Corrugated cardboard boxes

Triangular tubes for rolled paper

Parcel straps

Size matters

Do use a box of an appropriate size as this will ensure that items are protected and prevent damage from normal handling processes.  Do ensure that the box is neither over nor under filled.

Once the most appropriate form of outer packaging has been decided upon, to prevent packaged items from moving around and thus protect them from further unnecessary damage, it is vital that the correct type of inner packaging be used to cushion the items.  For instance, do use materials such as:

Bubble wrap

Polystyrene chips

Polyethyiene foam

Shredded paper

Do place fragile goods in the centre of the package and use appropriate materials to cushion such items at the same time making sure that these items do not touch the sides of the box.

Other parcels with sharp corners as well as machinery used in sorting warehouses can cause additional damage to goods that are not packaged correctly.   To protect articles from damage as a result of such handling, sturdy packaging is therefore of the utmost importance.

Consider carefully before using recycled packaging materials

Even though recycling is often a cheaper option, don’t use recycled materials even if slightly damaged.  For instance, the structure of a damaged cardboard box is a lot weaker and so provides less protection against potential damage of your goods.  Ensure that any recycled packaging materials are strong enough to withstand normal handling.

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