Packing Fragile Items

The most important part of shipping fragile items is the packing process. Improper packing of fragile items is the most frequently violated rule in shipping, and all too often, the cause for any damage to items upon arrival. Damaged items due to “insufficient packing”, can be prevented. Below is a list of some effective packing methods to consider when packing fragile items, along with some cost saving recommendations.

Size Matters

If your shipment is heavy/and or large in shape, it may require special moving equipment such as forklifts, pallet jacks, etc.  You should familiarize yourself with the packing method which will allow accessibility for the necessary moving resources.  Most damage with residential/boxed type packaging happens when it is too heavy to simply pick up by hand and freight handling equipment is utilized while in transit. This type of equipment requires the use of pallets/skids which supply a protective foundation and provide accessibility to your shipment.

Protect Large Fragile Items when Shipping
Have the appropriate equipment when shipping large fragile items.

Fill It Up

If the item is hollow, like a vase, firmly pack the inside with foam peanuts or crumpled paper. If you are shipping more than one item, nest them if possible, with plenty of padding in between. You should always avoid a “clink” when items are placed together and can do so by adding additional padding.

Wrap It

Each item should be wrapped in its own padded material with enough protection to withstand moderate impact. Some padded wrapping materials to consider are:

  • Bubble Wrap
  • Foam Wrap
  • Tissue paper
  • Newspaper
  • Plastic bags
Protective packing wrap is important when packing fragile items.
When packing your fragile shipment, be sure to secure it with protective wrap.


Do not over tape! Tape should only be used to secure the protective padding around your items. Excessive use of tape is not only unnecessary, it is also expensive. Ordinary Scotch tape and removable packing tape works very well and can be purchased from any local discount store. Duct tape should rarely be used anywhere other than outside of the shipping box due to the extremity of the adhesive It’s also more expensive than other types of tape.

Box It

Use a box that allows at least 2″ of protective padding (on all sides), around the item and never allow the items being shipped to touch the box or shipping container. When in doubt, get a larger box. Examine the box prior to sealing shut to ensure all items are secure. If you believe items are shifting around, or there is a possibility of shifting, add additional packing around the contents.

The size of your box is important when shipping fragile items
Choosing the box size for your fragile shipment is important during the packaging process.

Box It (Again)

Now, select a 2nd, corrugated cardboard box that is larger than the first box. If possible, apply the same 2″ bigger all around rule and repeat the packing process. Even if the second box is just big enough to hold the first box inside, it will still contribute to vital stability.

Whatever you are shipping, it’s very important to use the appropriate packaging in order for your items to arrive safely at the intended destination. We also understand the value of keeping shipping cost to a minimum and the overall expense of shipping begins with packing. Once you’re ready to ship, check out Shipperoo and in just a few easy steps your items will be visible to our networks of drivers who can assist you in the delivery of your items.

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