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If you are planning on shipping boxes of your personal effects or even excess luggage, knowing the best packing techniques and practices can go a long way should you opt to handle the packaging yourself. Here are some best packing techniques and practices to keep in mind when packing your own shipping boxes.

Leave No Voids or Empty Spaces

As with many items, what you wish to ship may not be the same shape or dimension of the shipping box, it is important to ensure the contents are secure during transit. Furthermore, you also need to ensure that the contents do no move around and cause damage to the contents as well as the box.

To ensure that there are no voids, choose the best type of internal packaging material to that all empty spaces are filled and the contents are secure and do not move around.

 Keep a 6cm Distance from the Walls of the Shipping Box

It’s important to ensure a 6cm distance from the walls of the shipping box is maintained or is kept in the middle of the box. This should be kept in mind when selecting your shipping box.

Wrap Items Individually or Use Dividers

It’s always a great idea to wrap each item individually with packaging material and/or utilize dividers. This is especially important when shipping many items in one single shipping box. You can do this with either the use of corrugated inserts or dividers. It’s useful to avoid friction between multiple items being shipped.  If there are smaller items, it should be placed within smaller containers and then placed inside the shipping box.

Choose the Right Packing Method – Basic or Box-in-Box

You will need to assess what kind of shipping box you will need in order to ensure that the above mentioned factors are kept in mind. You can either choose the basic packing method, which is ideal for non-fragile items where you place items in the center of the box with the suitable packaging material. The other would be the box-in-box packing method that utilizes a second box for added security during transportation. It’s ideal for fragile items or in the event the inner box will be utilized for retail use and needs to maintain pristine conditions.

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