“So my sister lives in California,” Geri said. “Our aunt passed away, and there’s a collection of very beautiful but very fragile glassware we’ve inherited. Crystal wineglasses, some art glass vases – really beautiful and extremely breakable. My question is what’s the best way to ship very fragile glassware? I’d like to get these precious family heirlooms to her intact.”
Shipping fragile items is always nerve-wracking. But when you know the items are extra fragile and they have to go coast to coast, it’s time to call in the experts. That’s why we turned to the best Boston pack and ship service for advice. Here’s what they had to say:
Use the Right Size Box
One of the primary reasons fragile items break during shipment is they’re in a box that’s too large and allows items to move. For best results, choose a box that’s just large enough to contain your fragile items and the packing materials. In instances where there are multiple very fragile items, it’s often preferable to ship them in many small boxes rather than one large one.
Be Picky About Packing Materials
Bubble wrap and craft paper are hardly your only packing material options. The best pack and ship companies will have other options, including cushioning foam inserts, that will provide the appropriate level of support and protection for your fragile items. These packing materials do cost more than the more customary options, but that is because they do a better job.
Tape All Boxes Securely
A surprisingly common mistake – that can be very bad news for fragile items – is failing to tape all boxes securely, on the top and bottom. Don’t skimp on tape. It plays a vital role in the well being of your shipment.