Over the course of life, most people acquire precious or valuable or fragile items. They look beautiful on display and may well be a joy to own, however
when it comes to transporting them for whatever reason, they will almost certainly be among your most difficult possessions. Read on for our handy tips on
how best to protect your items, and the various things that you should consider when you decide how best to package your items.
Firstly, if you can, you should make sure to fill delicate items with Styrofoam particles. If you don’t have any Styrofoam particles then do remember that
old newspaper can work just as well. In addition, don’t forget that extra padding can come from bags of ‘soft stuff’, i.e. toys, clothes, bedding, rather
than you having to buy expensive protective material.
Using large bubble wrap, wrap each item up carefully, making sure that it is in a condition to be used safely if you are re-using old bubble wrap. If you
are packaging crockery, such as plates, salad bowls, saucers or soup bowls, etc. – anything that could shatter – they should be packed very carefully and
placed on their sides. It is important not to put them flat on top of each other, as one slight knock could shatter all of the plates. They must always
travel on their ends. Whichever ones go in the same box should ideally be taped together to reduce the risk of damage during transit. If you are
transporting vases, cups or a circular item, you must always lie them on their side once you have used Styrofoam as protection if appropriate and wrapping them in some more of the large bubble wrap.
Ensure that everything is thoroughly protected with Styrofoam if you can around these bubble wrapped items. Once done, tape similar items together inside
separate boxes, again bearing in mind if you do so that the chances of them breaking will be vastly reduced if you add as much extra packaging as you can.
Be careful of giving less than full consideration to your method of packing. For example, it is important to realise that once things are packed as tightly
as possible in one box, then the box itself should also be wrapped in some more large bubble wrap and subsequently be placed inside yet another box with a
good few inches of packaging all around it.
The type of packaging is less important than you may think; many people pack using solely newspaper for their needs, as mentioned earlier. However if you
plan to do this, it is worth noting that newspaper is heavier than Styrofoam so your shipping costs will increase. It is worth noting that different
services have different requirements.
Remember to line your boxes to protect the items as well as wrapping them. Again, bubble wrap or newspaper can be used. Then place as many objects in their
wrapping into the box as you can – maximum items means minimal space for them to rattle around and potentially break. And once you are certain that your
boxes are filled to safe capacity then seal them thoroughly so that no damage can be caused to the contents.