How to Properly Pack a Parcel

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Everyone has the need to send a package every once in a while, but it can be difficult to know the right steps to keep the item(s) safe during transport and be aware of all the guidelines. To make sure you pack your parcels correctly, all you need to do is follow these steps.

  1. Choose a Solid Box. This is one of the most important steps as it is the sole divider between your item and destruction. Preferably, this box would be made out of a corrugated cardboard box that is large enough to fit your item and some surrounding cushioning for added protection.
  2. Wrap the Item. After finding a good box, you’ll want to make sure your item is as safe as possible. If it is fragile, wrap it in newspaper or tissue paper. Items like picture frames should be sandwiched between two layers of cardboard with some protective material to protect the glass.
  3. Second Box. Next up, you’ll want to find a smaller box that is perfectly sized for your item. This will need to fit inside the larger shipping box you found in step one.
  4. You’ll want to add the shipping address and the return address to this smaller box. Even though it likely will only be seen by the person opening the package, it’s a good idea to have the extra address in case the shipping box gets damaged.
  5. Add Filler Material. Once the small box with the item is ready to go, you’ll want to put it in the shipping box surrounded by a cushioning material. You can use Styrofoam peanuts, bubble wrap, and even old t-shirts.
  6. Once you’ve packed the shipping box full, the next step is to securely seal it with reinforced tape. You’ll want to use the most adhesive kind you can find to prevent it from bursting open.
  7. Label Again. Last but not least, you’ll have to add the shipping label and return label to the shipping box. This information should go on the largest side of the box. If you are using a printed label, make sure you attach it so there aren’t any wrinkles, and without covering any seams or overlapping any edges.

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