How Do I Package My Product for Shipping?

If you are currently making plans to have things shipped, you may be wondering how to package your product for shipping to prevent damage and ensure it arrives safely and intact.

Damage in transit is a common concern nowadays — especially with so many things being shipped around the world every day. Shipping companies are under pressure to meet tighter and tighter deadlines, and sometimes it seems like care is something forgotten when goods are shipped.

In this post we’ll share some of our top tips to help answer questions like “How do I package my product for shipping?” and “How do I know which type of packaging to choose?

Think about What You’re Shipping

The items you’re going to ship will ultimately dictate the type of packaging you choose. If you’re going to send clothing such as jackets, t-shirts and jumpers, you’ll need to make sure you’re packaging them well enough to prevent damage and to maximise the space you use to keep your shipping costs down.

For clothing, individually wrap each piece in protective packaging such as a sealable plastic bag or another type of packaging material that you can secure with something like tape.

Once each item is wrapped and sealed, if the clothing is going to the same destination, place them in a sturdy cardboard box. If your package is travelling a long distance, use a double-walled box.

Boxes should be sealed with heavy tape to prevent breakages and to prevent anything from getting inside — damaging the box or items.

If the items you’re going to be shipping are smaller and more fragile, then you’ll need to consider the best ways to secure each item before it gets packed into a final box.

Things like glassware, jewellery, or handmade items will require a few more layers of protective packaging. Then, either place them into larger cardboard boxes or individual retail packaging depending on their end destination. Alternatively you could look use bubble wrap or a similar alternative.

Think about the Shipping Method

When thinking about how to package items for shipping, you may be tempted to use the most protective packaging you can find. Although this isn’t a bad idea— especially when you’re shipping items to customers — it’s not always the most cost-effective way for you or your customer.

It’s a good idea to try and keep your shipping costs as low as possible, which is better for both of you. A good way of doing this to consider how your goods will be shipped. They could travel by road, air, or sea — depending on your package’s destination

Items going by road will be hand-loaded onto a lorry and then driven to their final destination before being unloaded by hand. In this case — unless your goods are fragile items, such as glassware, electronics, food or furniture — you can probably get away with some standard cardboard boxes or simple retail packaging.

On the other hand, if you’re shipping goods by air or sea, they could potentially be open to more damage from the elements and from being moved around in a more automated way. If you’ve ever watched luggage being loaded and unloaded at an airport, you’ll know the process isn’t always smooth or careful. So, think about the way your package may be handled before choosing your packaging.

Items shipped by sea are also at risk from water damage or rough waters, which can move items around and cause damage. So, you need to look at extra layers of protective packaging, such as waterproof or foam materials that keep items sealed even if the box itself is damaged on the outside. We have a range of biodegradable mailing bags that are perfect for keeping moisture out.

If you’re not completely sure what type of packaging is best for shipping your products, take a look through our well-stocked online shop to find different kinds of packaging and boxes to suit every need and budget.