Knowing how to ship breakables involves some important preparation and knowledge. Choices such as what size box to use and how to wrap your items can play a critical role.
When determining how to ship breakables, consider the following steps:
Making these decisions based on your specific situation will ensure your shipment’s safety.
If you’ve ever had fragile items broken during shipping, you know how important proper packaging is. Thankfully, packaging and shipping breakables doesn’t have to be a complicated process. Once you know some simple strategies for shipping breakables, you won’t have to worry about the safety of your items. Follow these simple tips for shipping fragile items and make your next shipment simple.
Damage to boxes and movement of items within a box are a common cause of broken products. This mistake can often be avoided by just making sure that you have the right box for your breakables.
Two of the main factors of making sure you have the right box for your fragile items is size and quality.
Size- Choosing the wrong size box can leave too much or not enough room for your items. Packing your items too tightly can cause contact between items or the box. Leaving too much room can cause unwanted movement of products within the box. The best practice is to leave 1-2 inches around all sides of the items that will be placed in the box. This includes leaving room on the top and bottom as well. Doing this, leaves enough room for the appropriate amount of packaging material.
Quality- Shipping and moving can quickly become expensive. This can lead to trying to find free or cheap alternatives in some cases. Getting free boxes is one of the most common routes to keeping costs low. In most cases, this is fine. However, be sure to double check the quality of the box when getting them for free. Free boxes have sometimes been used over and over and are nowhere near their original quality.
A few layers of bubble wrap can help protect your shipment. Packaging with bubble wrap and other layers of packing materials can be in artform in itself.
Things to keep in mind when wrapping a fragile item for shipping include:
When you’re using packing tape, remember that a little tape goes a long way. You don’t want to make unpacking your fragile item difficult for the receiver
Packing breakables can be a slippery slope. Wrapping your items in bubble wrap or cling wrap can protect them during shipping. However, wrapping them too tight can put too much pressure on a fragile item. Too much pressure on fragile items like antiques or glassware can cause them to break during shipping.
If you’re packing multiple items in one box, you should consider cardboard box dividers. These securely separate your items from coming into direct contact with one another. You’ll still need to be sure that items are individually wrapped and protected. Depending on the thickness of the divider and weight of your items, you may be able to skip any filler material. Some dividers are included as part of kits for items such as dishes or glasses. However, dividers can be used for any items that fit.
Even though your items are individually protected, there’s still more work to do. If you chose the right sized box, you should have space to fill on all sides of the items. You have options to choose from when it comes to what material you want to use to fill this space. Packing peanuts, foam board, newspaper, and towels are just a few of the choices.
Below, we briefly describe a few of the popular options and their pros and cons:
Before you tape off and close your box, it’s a good idea to check its’ balance. Boxes that are unevenly balanced are prone to falling and damaging your fragile items. Pick up your box and move it from side to side to see if it shifts too much in any direction. Do the same on a flat surface. If the box isn’t balanced appropriately, reorganize the items within or place them in a different box.
After you’ve taken care of the packing process, you may want to put your items in a shipping crate. Using a shipping crate can have some important benefits depending on your shipment.
The benefits of using a shipping crate include:
Liability and Handleability are actually two factors that determine the freight class of a shipment. The freight class of a shipment ultimately determines its’ shipping rate. To learn more about freight class, read our article What Does Freight Class Mean?
Once you’ve finished packing all of your breakables, don’t forget to mark your box or crate as fragile. You might consider labeling each side of your shipment. Doing this should ensure that people handling your breakables see the label no matter how they approach it.
Additionally, labeling your package(s) as fragile gives you more recourse with the shipping company in case your item arrives broken.
Even following the best tips available, accidents can happen and your items can be damaged. We recommend purchasing shipping insurance either directly through your carrier or a third-party provider. You Crate’s exclusive freight partner R+L Carriers offers competitive insurance rates to protect your valuables against loss.
Shipping breakable items requires a great level of care. You Crate and R+L Carriers can help you get your fragile items to their destination safely and securely.
The types of fragile and breakable items you might want to ship can vary. Breakables commonly shipped with You Crate include:
You Crate’s goal is to get your fragile items to their final destination as quickly and securely as possible. You Crate and its partner R+L Carriers understand the sensitivity and care that goes into shipping breakable freight. By working together, R+L Carriers and You Crate make shipping fragile items hassle free and simple.
You Crate’s process is simple and follows the steps listed below:
1. Choose Your Crate Size
Choosing the right size box or crate to pack your fragile item in is essential. The right sized box or crate holds your item and allows room for the necessary packing material.
You Crate makes finding the right-sized shipping crate for your fragile items simple. You Crate offers two sizes of crates:
If these sizes won’t work for your fragile items, we can custom design a crate for a specially-made fit. It’s important to know that You Crate crates have special tie-down hardware. This allows you to strap your goods down in the crate for extra security and protection.
2. Schedule Your Crate Delivery
Once you’ve decided which size crate will work for your shipment, contact us to schedule your crate delivery. We’ll have the crate to you within 24-48 hours.
3. Assemble and Pack Your Crate
Putting our crate together is a simple process that should take no more than 10 minutes. All you need is a flathead screwdriver or the included tool that comes with the crate. To see how easy it is, watch our video on how to assemble a You Crate shipping crate.
Once your crate is assembled, securely pack your breakable items. Be sure to fill in any gaps with packaging material as mentioned above.
4. Call us to Pick Up and Deliver Your Crate
When your products are packed and your crate is ready to ship, give us a call. We’ll pick up your crate and have it to its’ destination quickly and on time. Save your tracking number so that you can see where your package is at all times.
5. Unpack and Disassemble Your Crate
Taking apart the crate is just as easy as putting it together. In 10 minutes or less, you can have your crate taken apart and ready to be returned to us.
6. Contact us to Pick Up and Return Your Crate
At this point, your shipment is complete and your crate is ready to be used by the next person!
There are many reasons why you might want to ship your fragile items with You Crate. Not only are we experienced and knowledgeable about how to ship breakables, but we provide access to many other logistics services.
Advantages of working with You Crate and R+L Carriers include:
You Crate and R+L Carriers also have a vast network of service centers located across the country. This means a lot of territory is covered and there’s likely a service center near you.
As one of the country’s top crate shipping companies, You Crate is dedicated to handling your shipment without hassle. You Crate and R+L Carriers know how to ship breakables. Pack your crate on your own time and let R+L Carriers make the delivery simple. If you need a crating and transportation solution for your breakable items, let You Crate be your solution. Call today at 877-558-2580 or request a quote online to get your crate moving.