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4 Tips for Packing and Shipping Fragile Items

Whether you’re sending holiday gifts, shipping a product to a customer, or just sending something to a friend or family member, you want to be sure that your package arrives safely. And when you’re sending fragile items, you want to be extra careful. When you come to Flash Photo for packing and shipping services, our team takes the utmost care to ensure that your items arrive at their destinations safely.


Are you packing your fragile items yourself? Follow these steps to ensure that your items are protected.


Pick the right box.

First things first: you need the right box. Ideally, you want to pick a box that is just a little bigger than the item you are shipping. A fragile item can break due to poor handling, but it can also get damaged because it is moving around in the box. And the best way to keep your item from moving around is to have as little extra space as possible.


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Use enough packing material.

Once you’ve found the best box, the next step is to wrap and protect the item. There are many materials that are good for packing fragile items. Newspaper and bubble wrap are what you usually reach for, but there are plenty of alternatives. Double-boxing is another effective method for packing your item securely. If you are packing more than one item in the same box, be sure to wrap them separately so they don’t knock together in transit.


Fill all the empty space.

Because most items aren’t going to be perfectly box-shaped, there is going to be some empty space in the box. To protect your items effectively, you should fill in all the empty space. More newspaper and bubble wrap are great for filling in the gaps, as are packing peanuts and similar materials.


Seal it tight and label it clearly.

Getting the contents of your package squared away is key, but don’t forget about the outside of the box! You’ll want to make sure your seal your box tightly so nothing can escape. You should also label your package clearly. Put the shipping label on the largest surface so that the box stays the right way up, and use “fragile” or “handle with care” stickers.


Packing and Shipping Services at Flash Photo

If you need to ship something fragile, the easiest way to ensure it arrives safely is to use the packing and shipping services at Flash Photo. We will pack your items securely and ship them via UPS, FedEx, or DHL.


Contact us at 603-526-2400 to learn more about all our services.