How to Correctly Pack Your Products for Shipping within the UK or Overseas

If you are involved in a shipping business, or you have to send out a lot of packages due to various reasons, you need to know how to correctly and adequately pack your products or items for shipping. That is true for shipping within the UK, and it’s even more critical when you are shipping abroad – there are many stops, and your packages may travel by sea, land, or air, which may make damage to your package and its contents more likely. So how do you make sure to pack your products correctly? Here’s how to properly pack your products for shipping within the UK and overseas.

What to think about for envelopes and boxes

The most common ways to pack your products or items would be in envelopes or boxes, depending on the product or item’s size, shape, and circumference. There are many sizes of envelopes and boxes nowadays, so you have a lot more choices. But when you are trying to pick a box, it would be better to choose one with a sturdy wall which offers additional resistance and protection. It is also a good idea to pick packages which are a little bit bigger than the product or item, although not too big. If you choose a box or envelope that is oversized, the object inside may shift too much and risk damage, and envelopes or boxes that are too big will also be more expensive to send. White postal boxes such as those from UK Packaging, for instance, are perfect for different items, and they are sturdily-built with tabs that lock. You can also re-use them, and they are affordable, too.

Make sure to fill the space

When you are sending something in an envelope or box, keep in mind that it needs a bit of space which can absorb the stress of delivery and transport. It is therefore essential to add filler which can fill the space between your item and its container. You have a choice in packaging or filling materials, and the one you choose depends on your item’s shape, fragility, and value.

Some of your choices include bubble wrap (a common choice), which is an excellent shock-absorber. It doesn’t mould to the shape of the product, however, so the product may still move around while transported. What you can do to prevent this is to tape the bubble wrap around your item.

Packing chips are also a common choice, as they are versatile and light and can provide cushioning for your item. One drawback is that the material can be a challenge to store and it can also be messy, and it can be difficult to throw away as well. You can also opt for packing paper, as it can pad light items and you can re-use it.

Other considerations

There are some products which may also be delicate or fragile and which may require careful packing. For these items, use bubble wrap to carefully wrap the article and fill the space around the product with packing chips, packing paper, or bubble wrap as well. Don’t forget to stick a label marked ‘Fragile’ on the outside of the box.

If you are sending important paperwork or documents, use a padded envelope with a rigid edge or a flat envelope made from cardboard. You should also opt for a signed and tracked delivery service, so you have an extra level of assurance. It may also be a good idea to make use of a label maker, so the address is easy to read and legible.

 

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