If you are in the business of regularly shipping out parcels to customers within the UK and even have a few customers in other countries, you would already be well aware of how critical it is to choose the proper packing materials. The correct materials for wrapping and packing your parcels are crucial; they ensure that your items are not damaged and can reach their destination in one piece. But there are different kinds of packing materials out there, and it can be a bit of a challenge to choose the right ones. Here, then, is your best guide to the most essential packing materials you need for regular shipping.
- Cardboard boxes
Cardboard boxes are a definite staple used in packaging and shipping, and they have been around for decades. But these boxes are now much more durable than before, and thanks to certain advancements, you can now take advantage of even sturdier boxes. Some examples include white postal boxes made from kraft board, and these boxes even have double-walled sides for extra durability and come with a self-locking tab for easier use.
Most boxes come in a rectangular design, and if you order them, they may come as a flat stack that you can assemble by hand. But you can use boxes in conjunction with case erectors, which can help you form the boxes into their usual rectangular shape. Some common items you can pack in cardboard or kraft board boxes are electronics, books, clothing, food items such as cookies, chips, and cereal, and other things. If the item is fragile, you can cover it with bubble wrap, another popular packing material used today.
- Packing peanuts
Another name for packing peanuts is foam peanuts. Although this packing material is foam-based, it has its very own distinct category from the product commonly referred to as Styrofoam. Packing peanuts are similar in appearance to actual peanuts, but they are closer in size to unshelled (rather than shelled) peanuts. You can use these as fillers to protect delicate or fragile goods, and they can adequately surround an item to protect it whilst it is going through transit. Packing peanuts are an excellent choice because they serve to cushion an object within a box.
- Bubble wrap or bags
Bubble wrap is another common item used for packing and shipping. It is easily distinguishable from other packing materials due to its tiny ‘sacs’ filled with air that serve as effective cushioning and protection. You can buy them in big rolls or as bags where you can insert the item and wrap the tape around it to secure it. You can also opt for folder-style bubble bags that come with adhesive strips for easier mailing. Bubble wrap is quite effective as it serves the dual purpose of packaging and protection. It takes a lot of pressure and energy to ‘pop’ one of those bubbles, which ensures the safety of whatever item you place inside a bubble bag or secure with bubble wrap.
- Packing foam
Other packing materials you can use include packing foam, which is a sizeable protective material you can cut into different forms to suit an item. You can purchase packing foam in sheets, rolls, and crates, and it’s a denser material than bubble wrap.
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