When looking for personal shipping solutions, packaging is an important consideration, and we have compiled a list of “Packaging essentials” that should be part of your personal shipping regimen. Growing trends in the shipping and logistics world range from selecting the right shipping box to the type of tape you use, your cushioning material, and ways to be more sustainable. So, how are you going to keep up? Continue reading!
- Finding the right shipping box or chest solution for your needs. It’s as simple as looking up the dimensions and manufacturer of the shipping solution to find the right box or chest. Knowing the dimensions and build gives you an idea of how much space you have to pack your persona shipping goods and how much you should include. Cardboard boxes and wooden chests are examples.
- We recommend that you purchase new cardboard boxes. The reason for this is that after one use, 50% of a box’s strength, stability, and sturdiness wears away.
- As a result, if you plan to ship items such as textbooks in a used cardboard box, you should be aware that the box may show signs of wear and tear during delivery.
- Use tape to reinforce the seams. For both the top and bottom sides of the cardboard boxes, we recommend a “H” seal. We recommend sealing the side flaps first, then using one long strip of tape to seal the two flaps in a “H” shape. To ensure that it stays well-sealed, use a 3-inch poly adhesive tape.
- Leave a 2 inch gap around your goods when packing them into the shipping box or chest for cushioning. We recommend using packing materials such as bubble wrap, packing peanuts, air packs, or even packing foam. However, we would advise against using items such as newspapers or tissues, especially with fragile items.
- Always get the right size boxes or chests for the product being shipped and keep them handy so they are practical and functional. You won’t overstuff your shipping boxes/chests with packing materials if you use functional shipping solutions for your personal shipping needs, and it’s also a more sustainable option.
- If you are shipping fragile or liquid materials, use caution when packing and labeling so that not only the goods but also other shipments are not harmed (in the event of spillage).