Since the first time I moved into a home and opened a box of completely shattered dishes, I’ve vowed to become a more patient person when it has to do with moving, and more specifically – packing up all of my fragile items carefully to be shipped off. It’s actually quite simple to prevent fragile items from being damaged or broken while shipped, and we compiled some of the best tips for packing up these items and keeping them safe during transport.
- One of the best tips we can give when you are planning on packing up fragile items is to get ready and plan in advance. It takes some time to carefully pack up these items correctly, and valuable crystal, porcelain, vases, expensive china, and other items are not what you’d like to open a box only to find broken. Plan on spending the majority of a day preparing your items for shipment, especially if some of the items are oddly shaped, heavy, or a random object that may be wonky to pack up.
- Another great tip for packing up these items is to use the right packing and shipping materials when going about it. This includes a variety of high-quality boxes (not used ones that are weakened or damaged already), packing paper for wrapping objects in, bubble wrap to secure the objects inside the box, a high-quality pair of scissors or a box cutter, and some strong, durable packing tape. It’s also important that you have the proper work space ready to go, with plenty of space to move and maneuver.
- We spoke with a company that has to handle fragile roof shingles being shipped and stored, KTM Roofing, to see how they would recommend the proper shipment and storage of fragile items, such as roof shingles, glass, porcelain, or pottery. It’s important to take into consideration the size, shape, and weight of your unusual object beforehand, as well as taking into account any handles or other protruding pieces that could potentially be damaged during shipping. Wrap the fragile item completely in bubble wrap, and then follow that up with tape to ensure a secured package.
No matter which way you choose to ship your fragile item, marking the box appropriately with FRAGILE is the most important step! Don’t be shy when wrapping your item, it is well worth an extra pack of tape or bubble wrap to secure your fragile object. The vital steps are to make sure that the object is secure, and won’t move or shift during the shipping process. This is generally what will cause the most issues during the shipment.