Some of the very best things in life are extremely fragile. Whether we’re talking about the most beautiful crystal or the speediest new gaming computer, there are some items that make shipping challenging, due to their delicate nature and high value. One of a kind, irreplaceable, and precious items can successfully be shipped – even all the way from San Francisco to Boston, Anaheim to Washington, DC, or Boston to LA.
What’s the Secret to Shipping Fragile Items Cross Country?
The secret to shipping fragile items cross country is to pack them properly. You can’t just throw your breakable items in a cardboard shipping box and expect them to arrive safely at your destination. The shipping process is tough. Even though carriers are careful, packages do get dropped, knocked, and otherwise jolted around. If the contents inside the package aren’t completely secure and protected, they can get broken.
What’s the best type of packing material for shipping fragile items?
The best pack and ship stores work with you on a case by case basis to determine the best packing materials for shipping your fragile items. Ideally, the packing materials prevent the items from moving, while providing another layer of protection for the shipment. Foam inserts are one option that can help achieve this standard. Another option, often chosen for extremely high value items, is called foam in place. Foam in place involves an expanding foam that is put into the box to completely surround and envelop your items in a protective shell. The foam is easy to remove by the recipient.
People are often hesitant to choose foam in place shipping because they are afraid it is going to be expensive. However, when you compare the costs on a square foot basis, foam in place is actually cheaper than peanuts or bubble wrap – and the protection offered is significantly superior than either of these two options.