Top Mistakes to Avoid When Sending Fragile Packages 

Sending fragile items through a courier service requires meticulous attention to detail. Whether it’s a precious heirloom, electronic equipment, or sensitive documents, the way you prepare and package these items can significantly impact their safety during transit. As a fragile items courier, we’ve seen our share of common packaging errors.

Here are the top mistakes to avoid to ensure your fragile packages arrive in pristine condition. 


Insufficient Cushioning 

One of the most frequent errors is skimping on protective padding. Fragile items need more than just a thin layer of bubble wrap. Ideally, each item should be surrounded by at least two inches of cushioning. This could be in the form of foam inserts, bubble wrap, or air pillows.

These materials absorb shocks and vibrations during transport, shielding your items from the bumps along the way. 


Using the Wrong Size Box 

Choosing a box that is too large or too small can lead to disaster. A box that is too big allows items to move around, increasing the risk of damage. Conversely, a box that is too tight can press against the items, causing stress or breakage. Always opt for a snug fit, and fill any gaps with additional padding to immobilise the items inside. 


Forgetting to Seal Properly 

An often-overlooked aspect of packaging is sealing. Ensure all seams and openings of the box are securely taped, not just the top and bottom. Use high-quality packing tape designed for shipping, as it offers better adhesion and durability. This prevents the package from bursting open during handling. 


Neglecting to Label Clearly 

Even though your package is in the hands of a professional fragile courier, clearly labelling the box as ‘FRAGILE’ is crucial. Use bold, easy-to-read letters on multiple sides of the package. This alerts handlers to the need for extra care and can significantly reduce the risk of mishandling. 


Choosing the Wrong Courier Service 

Not all courier services are equipped to handle fragile goods safely. It’s essential to choose a provider that has specific protocols and experience in transporting delicate items. A specialised fragile items courier will have the right tools and knowledge to ensure that your items are transported under the best conditions. 


Avoiding these common mistakes can drastically reduce the chances of your fragile items being damaged in transit, ensuring they reach their destination safely and intact. 

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