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How To Pack Heavy Items For Easy Shipping?

Puneet Bhalla

Associate Director - Marketing @ Shiprocket

June 9, 2015

4 min read

For any eCommerce store, packaging is an important part of the business. You must secure your merchandise to avoid damages. Moreover, a smart packaging adds to the appeal of your shipment. But, packaging heavy merchandise can be a neck breaking job, but there is a way out.
This blog shares information on How To Pack Heavy Items, effortlessly.

Things To Remember Before You Pack Heavy Items:

• Make sure that you have got suitable packaging supplies for packing heavy items. Supplies used for packing smaller, regular items will not work when you ship bulkier merchandise.

• You need to have suitable tools and technology to lift these heavy shipments. After all, you do not want to break your back upon lifting them, isn’t it?

• Be aware of the freight rules when you send shipment from your preferred courier company.

How To Pack Heavy Items – The Tips & Tricks

Customers are your lifeline and delivering them merchandise in the top shape is your priority. For starters, when packing heavy items, cover them with extra layer of packaging instead of a single one.
To ensure the ordered merchandise arrives safely at your customer’s doorstep, here is what you should do.

Do Not Overload

In the urge to bring down costs, we often try to load all materials in one box, specially when we have to load heavy, big, or delicate items. Try to spread materials in all the packages. Chances of manhandling or dropping the heavy packet are obvious. So, distribute the weight and bring the weight of each packet under control.

Get Suitable Packing Materials

A single layer of wrapping like a bubble wrap works for smaller items. But when the merchandise is heavy and big, you will need to use thicker packaging layers like thermocol and cardboard. Don’t use masking tape as it fails to hold heavy weight and cracks the package instantly. This will lead to a damaged product, which you wouldn’t want to ship to your customers.

Robust Packaging Is Important

To make your merchandise break-proof, cushion the empty spaces in the box with good packaging material like bubble wrap, thermocol or cardboard. Using just paper would not do any good, as it will become flat. The idea of packaging is to deliver merchandise in perfect condition. The item must remain stable during transit. Therefore, adequate cushioning must be done around the heavy item.

Handle With Care

Once your initial package is ready, you must put it in another bigger box, which is an inch wider than the first one. To avoid friction and damage to the merchandise, you must add an extra layer of stuffing between the two boxes. If you are shipping fragile merchandise, mention it on the box, and write “This Side Up” for proper and careful handling.

Balance The Weight

If you have multiple attachments with the bigger merchandise, you should place the larger piece at the bottom and the smallest at the top. This balances weight and reduces the chance of breaking the item.

Use Sufficiently Spaced Boxes

The boxes should have enough space to accommodate all packaging materials. For bulkier items use double walled boxes. Wrap each item properly to ensure that the content of the packets do not encounter each other, especially fragile items, and cause damages.

Ensure No Movement Of Items

Single most reason for damages of heavy items in transit is movement. Secure the items in a way that they are intact and properly packed for ensuring minimum damages.

Place Scrap Cardboard

Place a scrap cardboard under the final seal of each box to prevent damages done to materials due to cutting open by a knife. Also make sure that all the corners are sealed with brown tape for extra protection. In case of heavy boxes it is better to use fabric tape.

Paste The Labels With Correct Address

Write address and instruction on separate papers and paste properly with clear tape for easy viewing.

So, how do you pack heavy items for shipping, do share your inputs.

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2 thoughts on “How To Pack Heavy Items For Easy Shipping?

  1. I have sculptures to send or for clients to pick up, they are clay weight about 15 kg height 2ft and 1ft wide what would be the best packaging

    1. Hi Sheryl,

      For bulky items, courier companies have specific packaging dimensions on their website. You can see which courier company you want to ship with and read their specifications for a better understanding. If you’re looking for easy shipping, you can sign up on Shiprocket and ship with 17+ courier partners. Just follow this link –

      Thanks & regards,
      Srishti Arora

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