Sticking a letter in the post is a fairly stress-free experience. Once you’ve tracked down an envelope from the deepest darkest depths of your cupboard, you can pop it in the post box and feel confident that it’ll reach its destination unscathed.
With something a little more fragile, worry can set in. Is your item going to get to its destination in one piece? It can seem like a bit of a gamble. It’s difficult to relax until you get the green light from the receiver that it hasn’t shattered into a million pieces.
Nearly all of us have had a delivery that clearly didn’t arrive in its intended form. Bashed. Misshapen. Soaking wet. Unusable. It’s frustrating, and it’s the last thing we want to happen when we send an item ourselves, whether it’s to a business partner or close family member.
Thankfully, there are a lot of steps you can take to make sure your parcel gets where it needs to be safely. Packaging it up properly and sending fragile items by courier will smooth out the process.
Here are a few simple steps you can take to make sure your item is packaged safely.
Bag a brawny box
It’s important that you package your item in a strong – but light – packing box. You want your package to be able to withstand a few bumps on the road, but you don’t want it to be so heavy that it’ll cost you a fortune to send.
The box should be big enough to fit the fragile item and extra packaging materials without crushing them, though it shouldn’t be so roomy that the item freely rolls around. Leaving approximately 2 inches at each side for extra padding is a good rule of thumb.
Try and use a brand new box where possible. Using an older, well-worn box means there’s a higher chance of the box collapsing and doing damage to your item.
Check out your local Post Office, Argos, or craft shop for a decent cardboard packing box.
Use fragile packaging materials
You’re spoilt for choice for fragile packaging materials designed specifically for all your breakable wares. Bubble wrap is the gold standard here. Make sure your item is wrapped up tight to prevent it unravelling in transit. You could also re-use any old polystyrene blocks you have lying around from old deliveries to fill in gaps in the box.
If you’re looking for more eco-friendly packaging solutions, we did a bit of investigating for you and there are plenty of alternatives to plastic. Starch-based packing peanuts and corrugated cardboard are good choices.
If you have several small fragile items, you should wrap each item individually in bubble wrap and then wrap them together. This will minimise unnecessary movement so your glasses won’t smash together while contained within the bubble wrap!
For particularly fragile items, do avoid things like scrunched up newspaper and easily popped air-bags. They offer little protection and they’re not massively space-efficient.
Beware: fragile contents!
To be on the extra safe side, pick up some FRAGILE labelled sticky tape to wrap around the box.
Don’t seal over openings in the box in case the package needs to be opened before delivery for any reason. Use regular packing tape over seals and tape the fragile tape around the perimeter of the box.
Your courier will instantly spot that they should be very cautious with your item. Alternatively, if you don’t have any fragile packaging tape handy, you can write on the box with a permanent marker.
Pick the best courier for the job
Packing up your fragile item until it resembles Fort Knox is definitely helpful, but for the last stretch of the delivery process, you need to pick a quality, reputable courier.
When you hear the word ‘courier’, it’s likely that many big delivery company names spring to mind. As couriers operate on a massive scale and deal with so many packages, items are prone to damage and vanishing without a trace.
Thankfully, you don’t need to take that risk!
By sending fragile items by a trusted local courier, like Caledonian Couriers, you’ll have more direct communication and more care for your product. You can rest easy knowing that your important delivery is fully tracked and insured. Caledonian Couriers offers one-day delivery to almost everywhere in the UK.
We’re an award-winning independent courier which has been around since 1994, so you know you’re definitely in safe hands. Just check out our excellent array of reviews.
If you’ve got an important parcel to send soon – which we’re guessing you do if you’re reading this post – then hopefully you feel well equipped to send it in one piece! Once you’re packed up and ready, give us a call!