Mailing packages

Now that all of your shopping is (hopefully) complete, you might be ready to wrap those holiday gifts. Some of those gifts may need to be mailed to relatives and friends that live far away. If that is the case, you will need a little more than just some decorative gift bags and tissue paper. You will need to wrap those gifts properly so that they do not get damaged in transit.

If you do not have experience with packing items for shipping, you might want to have some professional help doing it the first time. It may cost you a few dollars to have it done properly, but the knowledge you will gain for future mailing projects will be priceless.

If you do not want to pay someone to wrap your gifts, that is completely understandable. If you plan on doing it on your own, here are a few tips for you:

  • Use the right container for the item you are mailing. T-shirts and other clothing can be mailed in a bubble envelope, but remember to first place them in a plastic bag or wrap them in plastic wrap so they won’t get wet mistakenly. Do not put fragile items or books in envelopes. Use cardboard boxes.
  • Do not use newspaper to wrap items that could be damaged by the newsprint.
  • You can use other household items as packing material. Try plastic bags filled with air, paper towels, or even balloons! They can make opening the box even more fun, especially if the recipient is a child.
  • Insure your package if it is worth a lot of money. But remember that the insurance will not do you any good if the item is damaged due to poor packaging on your behalf.

Check with us to see what type of coverage your homeowner’s insurance will give you for damaged items that are shipped.

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