Here are some helpful tips for packing your items for a safe overnight delivery:
- Always use strong, good-quality boxes or packaging materials.
- If you are reusing packaging, always remove old labels including any hazardous materials information stickers.
- Always use the correct-sized box for your items – if the box is too large it could collapse and, likewise, if the box is too small it could burst during transit.
- Be sensible about the weight of items that you put in a box – don't overload boxes.
- Pack items in the centre of a box with plenty of cushioning, to stop any movement during transit. Use bubble wrap, shreds, packaging chips, even old newspapers.
- Protect data storage media with appropriate cushioning and ideally wrap each item separately.
- Pack smaller items in larger boxes and remember that some attractively packaged gifts are not always suitable for shipping directly - they will usually require separate outer packaging and protection.
- Make sure that liquids, semi-liquids, powders or strong smelling substances are properly sealed in leak-proof containers and further wrapped in plastic bags and held upright in a strong box and correctly labelled with ‘arrow up’ signs.
- Wines and spirits – firstly pack bottles into an inner box, and then add rigid outer packaging for extra protection. Use corrugated cardboard or foam dividers, ideally use bespoke packaging when shipping bottles.
- Fragile items should be well cushioned from the sides and particularly at the bottom of the boxes. Label boxes as fragile and include ‘arrow up‘ stickers.
- Always protect sharp items securely, carefully wrapping any scissors or knives to protect them from piercing through packaging materials.
- Use strong packaging tape or a strapping machine to secure parcels (not domestic adhesive tape), making sure all flaps are securely fastened.
- Write all labels clearly (using capitals) and never cover them up with tape or film.
- Include both address and sender details inside so that even if the outer label becomes detached, you can call us and there's a chance we can still safely deliver your parcel.
- We’re sorry but we can’t accept any liability for this packaging advice, but we hope it will help you pack items responsibly and securely for their onward journey.??
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