Use These 3 Tips to Prevent Damages and Losses When Packing Fragile Items for Storage and Transportation

25 April 2016
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When packing things for transport and storage, you wouldn't want to hear the sound of your glass items or any other fragile item shattering. For this reason, you need to be very careful when packing fragile items to prevent breakages. Here are a few tips you can use to ensure that during storage and transportation of your fragile items, they remain safe and intact.

Use Sturdy Packing Boxes

Always pay attention to the base of the box you are using. The base should be strong enough to accommodate the weight of the items. This means that you need to consider thick and sturdy boxes when choosing one to pack your fragile items. Avoid using flimsy and damaged boxes or reusing packing boxes. Used boxes might have lost their sturdiness.

Choose the Cushioning Material Well

Choose something that will withstand the weight of your fragile items. Make sure the cushioning material can withstand several shocks, especially in case of bumps. It should not compress and fail to cushion more bumps. The cushioning material should also hold up well to changes in humidity, air pressure, and temperature to ensure that the item you are transporting or storing maintains its resilience.

For these reasons, consider choosing loose fill or packaging peanuts. These cushioning materials will fill up any void within your packaging box. They can also withstand any shocks because they flow around your item, allowing them to interlock when under stress.

Inflated products such as air-filled bubble wrapping and foam structures such as polystyrene cushioning materials can also be used. Other cushioning materials you should consider using include heavy grade paper and corrugated fibreboard products such as pads.

Pack Your Breakable/Fragile Materials Carefully

Even with strong boxes and the right cushioning material, your products may still be vulnerable to breakages if you don't pack them correctly.

Start by securing the bottom of the packing box using tapes on any open corners and seams. You should then use your cushioning material of choice to create a cushioning base by simply lining the material inside the box.

Wrap each item individually. Use packing materials such as bubble wraps or packing paper. To ensure your items remain intact, secure them with a tape. When arranging the items inside the box, start with the heaviest so that the lightest items are on the top.

Use more cushioning materials to fill any empty spaces and then seal the top using a tape. You should then label the box as fragile so that anyone who sees it handles it with care.