Christmas may be over, but that doesn’t mean we’re not still sending items to others. Whether we’re posting out belated gifts to loved ones, slightly guiltily returning items, or getting back into the swing of things at work after the festive break, it’s always worth knowing some clever ways to keep our parcels safe in transit.
If you’re looking for top tips for keeping your heavier parcels protected en route, here are some ideas to send via courier with confidence.
Knowing what you’re sending early on can help you to plan how you pack it. This primarily gives you a head start when sourcing packing materials as you can take some time to select the materials that you think will protect your items.
In addition, having an idea of what you’re sending means you can take some time to choose your courier. Using a parcel delivery comparison website like Parcel2Go allows you to tailor your delivery to the items you’re sending and take your pick from the providers that you think are most suited to your requirements.
Pack it In
Carefully packing your parcels means your heavier items that you’re sending have added protection. Although couriers always handle packages with care, items naturally shift in transit, so it’s worth adding as much protection for your parcel as possible.
Start with the outside and work your way in. Will your items need to be packaged in a corrugated cardboard box or does it need something sturdy such as layered board? Once you have selected the right container, you can then start adding in some cushioning. Scrunched up paper or polystyrene are an ideal buffer, while valuable or fragile items will require soft cushioning all around each piece to ensure they’re well-protected.
Reinforce the edges and opening of the box with tape, too, to keep it from opening while it’s on the move. Also, if your parcel has to travel far, you may need to take a little more time to ensure it can withstand a long journey.
Get Covered and Keep Track
In addition, while physically protecting your parcel is important, you may require protection cover for your items, especially when sending important items. Therefore, it’s worth looking into any insurance or extended liability options that you might require before sending.
It’s also worth tracking your parcel so that you know where it is as every stage of the journey. By tracking your parcel and exactly when it has arrived safely, you can have peace of mind.
This is a collaborative post.