Shipping items over a long distance requires a lot more preperation than one might think, and there are many ways to prepare the packagage that is to go through any terrain that it may have to. There are several methods of transportation for postal packagages and that includes lorries, trucks or planes and packing the item or items with safety and stability in mind is essential.
To facilitate this, there are many types of packaging starting with cardboard boxes – the most common form of packaging which is used daily for various deliveries. When sealed securely with tape for packaging, the contents of the cardboard boxes can remain safe within. The item that’s inside should be wrapped in bubble-wrap and all of the space remaining should be filled with packing peanuts or pellets in order to ensure that the item inside has enough cushioning so it does not slide within its box.
Second is the wooden crate, usually used for machinery and heavier equipment. Secured with nails while the machine is strapped and wrapped within the crate using the aforementioned bubble-wrap and tape for packaging. This is more so that the heavy machine does not slide and crush other packages rather than for its own protection. Additionally these crates are usually placed over pallets due to their weight, and a forklift is required to lift and load them.
One thing to remember about packaging material is to avoid reusing it. Cardboard will not stay strong if reused and could lead to damage of the item inside. Another thing to consider as essential and very helpful is the tape for packaging and the adhesive used to bind things together, which is usually applied on a single strip in the lenght of the box’s opening, and over the smaller strips for reinforcement. The tape is also very strong and can hold the box together in the roughest of conditions, whilst in transit or in storage.
Lastly, it is suggested to improve your packaging by consulting the drivers on how to better secure the item inside the cardboard box or the wooden crate since they are much more familiar with the various conditions that the package will have to endure during the trip. Correctly packaging items to prevent damage, save money and prevent damage. So take some time to look at your current packaging to ensure that it is the best it can be.