The bubble wrap, the boxes, the unwieldy packing tape – there’s more to packing a box for shipping than just throwing things in any old container. We’ve compiled some expert tips on how to pack a box for shipping.
Corrugated boxes are best for their sturdiness. Use a new box if you can – although recycling is great! Just make sure a pre-used box doesn’t have any punctures, rips or damage to the corners, which will make it more likely to get damaged en route. Choose an appropriate box strength/weight ratio. UPS has a great chart:
Three inches of cushioning tends to work best: bubble wrap, paper, and recyclable packing peanuts work great to protect your box’s contents. Wrap fragile items individually. And please, do the environment a favor and just say no to Styrofoam packing products.
Use 2” clear or brown packing tape and reinforce all seams. Don’t use twine or paper – they’ll get caught in conveyor belts.
Fed Ex has 4 tips for packing like a pro: