Packaging 101

New to the art of packaging your items for delivery? Here’s a handy guide to get you started.

Select your packaging materials

The packaging material used should be able to securely hold the weight of your item when transported.

  • Smaller and lighter items, such as clothing, stationery, and video games, can be packed in padded envelopes.
  • Larger and heavier items should be packed in sturdier materials like cardboard boxes. 
  • Use stronger packaging materials for added protection when sending high value or fragile items.
  • Avoid squeezing your item into envelopes or boxes that are too small, as this makes the parcel more prone to accidental opening.

Fill all empty spaces in the parcel

Place filler materials in the empty spaces around your item. This prevents your item from moving around within the parcel during transit, which can damage both your item and the material it is packaged in.

  • Commonly used fillers are bubble wrap, foam pellets, crumpled paper and air pillows.
  • If sending multiple items in the same parcel, use dividers to keep them separate. This prevents them from knocking into each other in the parcel.
  • Ensure that liquids are sealed in watertight containers and protected with filler materials to avoid leakage and container damage.

Seal and label your parcel

Use strong adhesive tapes to seal all seams, flaps and edges on your parcel. This protects your parcel from accidental opening and damage during transit.

  • Choose strong and durable tapes such as packing tape, electrical tape, and duct tape.
  • Avoid securing your parcel with string or rope, which slip off easily.
  • Label or write your parcel reference clearly and legibly on top of the parcel. For added protection, cover your label with clear tape.

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