Worry-free packing and shipping tips for any occasion.
When it comes to shipping, it really is better to be safe than sorry. These simple tips will help you guard against the dangers of a rough ride.
Tip 1: Select a Scotch™ Mailing Box that comfortably fits the items you’re sending. A box that’s too big might dent or collapse, while a box that’s too full could burst.
Tip 2: If you’re shipping heavier items spread them out over several boxes if possible. Also, be sure to check with your shipping carrier about possible weight restrictions.
Tip 3: Use one shipping label per package and include a complete return address. It’s also a good idea to include a copy of the shipping address inside the package just in case the original is damaged.
Tip 4: Seal the box with Scotch® Heavy Duty Shipping Packaging Tape to ensure your box stays sealed through transit.
Tip 1: If you’re mailing bulky items in a mailer, make sure the flap is secure by applying Scotch® Mailing Packaging Tape over it.
Tip 2: If you’re sending confidential documents, Scotch™ Bubble Mailers or Scotch™ Photo/Document Mailers provide added security.
Tip 3: Add a bit of whimsy to your package with Scotch™ Decorative Plastic Mailers, available in a variety of cheerful patterns.
Shipping 201: Packing
No matter how strong the tape, an improper packing job can put your items in jeopardy. These tips will help protect against accidents and indelicate handling.
Tip 1: If you’re sending liquids, make sure that jar or bottle lids are sealed with Scotch® Packaging Tape. Then place containers into a plastic bag – should anything happen during shipping, this will help contain any potential mess.
Tip 2: Especially fragile items can be protected by cushioning a smaller box inside of a larger one.
Tip 3: Center fragile items in the middle of the box, and allow for at least 2" of padding around items and 2" of space between items. Scotch™ Cushion Wrap can help cushion the items from possible damage while filling empty space. It also helps with shock absorption during transport.
Tip 4: If you are shipping paper or cloth items, wrap them with plastic first to guard against spills and wet shipping conditions.
When sending perishable items you want your package to arrive quickly and intact. Paying a little more for next day shipping may be wise if you’re concerned about freshness. It’s also a good idea to let the recipient know when to expect the package. Another way to cut down time in transit is by shipping on Monday or Tuesday, to ensure your goodies don’t spend a weekend in a processing warehouse. Remember to wrap items as tightly as possible, and use lots of packing material to absorb bumps. If you want to keep food cold, you can use dry ice, or gel ice packs and insulate with Styrofoam.