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A Guide to Packing a Parcel Correctly

By Edited Mar 1, 2016 0 0

If you want to send a package from one part of the country to another, or even overseas, it is very quick and easy to do so. There are a number of courier services available to consumers, meaning that you could send a parcel on a Monday and it can be with the recipient by Tuesday morning. This method of sending gives you the freedom to send packages quickly and easily. However, first you need to be able to pack the parcel correctly, which is what we’ll explore in a little more detail in this article.

Choose the right sized box for sending

Make sure that the items you are sending fit in a box and any breakable elements are properly secured. Larger and heavier parcels will often cost you more to send, so make sure that the items are protected securely and they won’t fall out of the packaging when they are being transported. The delivery costs are obtained by the parcel’s weight and dimensions, so it’s always worth considering whether too much space is being wasted.

If the item requires extra protection then using bubble wrap or other forms of lightweight protective wrapping will help. Ideally, you want to make sure that the item is secure and fits inside the packaging without adding excess weight.

Use tape to make the parcel more secure

Once the item has been packed securely, make sure that you tape the sides together to add more strength to the parcel. The package may be travelling a long distance and on its way it is likely to get knocked about during the delivery process. If you have cut a box to fit then make sure that this section is also securely taped down so it doesn’t come open at any point. Once you are happy with the stability of the package you’re almost ready to send it.

Writing the sending address

Make sure you cross out any existing writing on the front of the parcel if it has been used before to send any items. Next, cut out a square shape from a blank piece of paper that will go stick over the top of the parcel with tape around the edges. Write the name of the person you are sending to and their address clearly in pen. Include the house number, road name and postcode; by writing the recipient’s full address you will reduce the risk of having the parcel returned or being delivered to the wrong location.

Alternatively you could choose to print your labels. This will ensure that the address is clear and also allow you to use any personalised or branded stationery. If you’re sending multiple items to a number of people, it may also help you to save time; particularly if you can copy the information from an existing contacts spreadsheet. 

It might also be wise to tape over the address so that the ink doesn’t run if it gets wet. You can always write your own address smaller on the back so that they know where the parcel has come from, or alternatively you could include this information in the actual parcel on a separate piece of paper.

Your parcel is now ready to send

Once the packing is complete you are ready to send your parcel. The cost will be based on the courier you choose to send the parcel with and also the dimensions of the package.

There are a variety of options available to you when it comes to sending a package, but a great deal will depend on how quickly you want the parcel to arrive. For instance, you might choose to send it recorded delivery so that there is a record of where your parcel has gone. This is advised if you are sending something valuable to ensure that it doesn’t go missing on its journey from one location to another. In this case it may also be worth insuring the parcel and its contents to avoid any losses; after all, as careful and professional as the courier you choose might be, accidents can still happen. 



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