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The right tool for the job

Boxes are one of the most versatile and affordable forms of packaging when sending items locally, inter-city or inter-state. Preparing to pack and send a box or two is a fairly simple task but a little extra care and attention can reduce the risk of your items being damaged and means they can travel safely over short or long distances.

It’s important to have the right box for the job. The more open space left once the box has been packed, the higher the likelihood that your items will not reach their destination in one piece. A good rule of thumb is to use smaller boxes for heavier items, like books, and bigger boxes for lighter items, like linen and clothing. That way you can utilise every square centimetre of space, without the box becoming too heavy and unsafe to move manually.

If you’re like most people, you like doing your bit for the planet. Feel free to pack and send items using a pre-loved box. But make sure it is in good condition with no tears, holes or corner damage and that all flaps are intact. Remove all old labels and markings and make sure that the box you choose is strong enough to hold the contents. With each use, a box can lose strength and structural integrity, so make sure it’s in great condition before you pack and send your items, especially if they’re fragile.

Now pack…

Once the correct box size has been chosen, you’re ready to start packing. Remember, empty spaces allow the contents to move around and break. So fill even the smallest voids with cloth or newspaper, or purpose produced fillers like loose fill packing peanuts or bubble wrap. You can even go with environmentally friendly protective packaging to safely pack and send your valuables and recycle them after use.

Another handy hint, is to pack heavier items at the bottom and lighter items at the top. It seems obvious but when packing a box at the end of a long day, it’s easily forgotten. Be sure to tape the boxes well and be careful not to pack too much into the box which will prevent it from closing properly. If a box bursts open whilst in transit, loading or unloading, the risk of damaging the contents is increased and they may even be lost.

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And send…

If you have a number of boxes to pack and send, the best option is to strap or wrap them to a pallet. This makes it quicker and easier to move your boxes between delivery vehicles and depots. Most boxes have weight limits, often printed on the bottom flap. These limits are intended for palletised shipments, so use these limits as a guide but be careful not to pack a box too heavily when it will be handled manually.

Always ensure all boxes are labelled securely and clearly. This prevents one or more boxes going astray and makes it easier to identify whether the contents is fragile or heavy. Finally, check the shipping provider’s Dangerous Goods policy. You may need to complete additional paperwork and pack hazardous materials in a specific way to comply with regulations and ensure your goods are transported safely.