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Sending Parcels Safely - Preparing Your Parcel for Delivery

by Jameshorncastle

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To most of us, sending parcels is a tough job, mainly due to the woes of packaging and worries over safe delivery. While costs do enter the equation, the job of packaging and sending parcels is not so much related to the budget reserved for paying a courier. When it comes to proper packaging and safely sending parcels over long destinations, knowledge and skill matters as much as the costs you are ready to bear for safeguarding your parcel.

Whether it’s a long distance, or short, most couriers involve third parties in the entire delivery process. Even with big companies, work culture differs from person to person, and region to region. While the company may and can guarantee delivery of parcels, the safety of those parcels depend upon how well they are packaged to withstand the tosses and throws they would be facing en route.

The type of packaging required depends upon the destination, the climate, and the nature of the contents. Now, if you are sending parcels holding rubber balls to India during monsoons, packaging may not matter much. But if you are sending vital documents to a tropical country during the monsoons, you need good waterproofing for your package and need to ensure that there is no chance of water leaking through.

While documents and such including many goods have high impact tolerance, many do not. If you are sending parcels that contain loose items that can be hurt by impact, it is better to go for safe packaging practices.

First, choose a hard container, a cardboard box is better than a wooden box, for what you need to achieve here is shock tolerance. A wooden box can itself break under impact, while a properly padded cardboard box would bounce back and retain its shape. What you need to do is to ensure that the container does not buckle under loads or impacts. To do this, you have to first place a packing layer like bubble-wrap, thermocol, paper shredding, etc. at the bottom of the box. Over this place your loose items, and then stuff more packing in between and on top of them tightly. What you intend to achieve is that the items do not bounce around or get dislodged from their positions on impact. Now fill the box to the top, press down on the packing material, then put on the lid and wrap around firmly with adhesive tape. Put an extra envelope of bubble-wrap around the box, if you want to play truly safe. This is the way to do it when sending parcels on long-distance journeys.

Always, when thinking of the costs of sending parcels long-distance, or in bad climate, take into account packaging costs. Choose lightweight material, so that it doesn’t increase the courier costs perceptibly, and pack them tight.

Once again, lets stress that you can trust couriers for sending parcels to their destinations, and they can pay you insurance if your goods are damaged or lost. However, it is upon you to ensure the safety of contents by proper packaging when sending parcels that require attention on packing.

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