It is said that moving is one of life’s great stresses, emotionally and physically.
Packing one’s possessions is hard enough, but properly packing fragile objects for shipping can be downright terrifying – how to avoid opening boxes of crystal only to find shards. It’s important to learn how to pack fragile items.
When shipping fragile objects, the goal is you to keep them as cushioned as possible. Because so many objects get shipped around the world on a daily basis, you can’t rely on package handlers to care for your stuff. Adequately preparing the object for shipping is something that you must do on your own, prior to handing it over to the shipping company.
There are various schools of thought as to how you should package your fragile goods when you plan to ship them. However, most people agree that the most important thing you can do is provide adequate cushioning around the entirety of each object. This way, even if the package is dropped or tossed, the object will stay nestled between the cushioning.
The debates ensue over which type of cushioning is best to use for fragile shipping. The type of cushioning you should use to ship your items differs from case to case.
For instance, if you have a thin glass mirror to ship, you might want to use a variety of materials, such as bubble wrap, packing peanuts and brown paper.
In other cases you can use just one type of packing material.
For instance, many people ship electronics such as stereo receivers and CD players using nothing but packing peanuts. This is surely the less expensive method of shipping, and will usually work for any items that aren’t subject to complete disintegration (such as the thin glass mirror).
It’s also important to mark your items as fragile, and even to let the shipper know that what you are shipping is fragile, as they may be able to route it to ensure that special care is taken to eliminate the risks of breakage. Unmarked packages, no matter how heavy, are not always assumed to be fragile. By advertising clearly on all sides of the package’s exterior that it is fragile, you can let the shipper and package handlers know that it requires a bit of extra care. This also applies to shipping large items.
At Motherload you can find specialty shippers to bid on transporting your fragile items safely.