Parcel Packing – Do It Right!

Parcel Packing

We’re not going to use this page to hold your hand and tell you what to do and what not to do when parcel packing. However, we thought it would be worth mentioning how important packing is if you’re shipping items abroad – as well as talk about our own boxes which, by the way, are terrific.

In fact, let’s start by talking about our boxes. If you need to send a parcel anywhere in the world (yep, anywhere, we handle international shipping all over the globe) they really are ace.

  • Our boxes are designed specifically for storage and long journeys because they’ve been chemically-hardened. Honestly, you could stand on an empty one. Of course, that’d be a bit odd but be our guest.
  • The large packing box we supply is large.  It’s so large we called it a ‘Large Box’. It’s also known in the trade as a ‘Tea Chest Box’. The dimensions of the Large Box are 24” (height), 20” (depth) and 16” (width). This box is particularly useful for clothes, shoes, bed linen and other items that are big and bulky but light to carry.
  • The standard packing box is called – wait for it - a ‘Standard Box’. In the trade, we call this one a ‘Book Box’. The dimensions of the Standard Box are 12" (height), 20" (length) and 16" (width). This box is designed to accommodate the heavier items such as books, albums and CD's – although when was the last time you put a CD in a CD player?  Perhaps give away a few before you leave?
  • The maximum weight is 66lbs. The ‘Instant Quote’ service will let you know of the maximum allowable weight for each box for the country in question.
  • Assembly and packing instructions are printed on the flap of every box so do have a read before packing, there’s some useful stuff there.

Remember not to exceed the maximum weight of 66lbs (or 30kg) for each item or else a charge will be applied. If our driver is loading their van with your boxes and lifts a box that they consider heavier than 66lbs (or 30kg), they may ask you to unpack it and spread the contents over a number of boxes. They don’t want to strain their back and you probably don’t want to strain yours either.

If you have too many overweight boxes that need repacking, the driver will call it quits. He’s a busy man (or woman) and needs to stick to his (or her) schedule so you will have to arrange another day for collection. Regrettably there will be a charge for this too.

Order more boxes than you need. It’s better to have too many than not enough, right? If you find you have some boxes left over, we’ll just turn up to retrieve them with no extra charge.  If you return a box that looks like it’s been used (either for moving or perhaps building a rudimentary robot), there will be an extra charge. Yes, these extra charges can pile up if you’re not on the ball. Luckily, you look like you are.

How To Pack Your Parcels

Here are a few things we want you to know before packing: 

  • First of all, if you suspect you’ve exceeded the maximum weight allowance of 66lbs, just weigh them on the bathroom scales. If you stand on the scales holding the box, all you need to do is subtract your own weight from the total. Get it?
  • If you have any large items that do not fit our boxes, give us a call – we’re always here to help and advise.
  • Something really important to remember is that the quarantine departments of some countries (such as Australia and New Zealand) will check items such as boots, shoes, sports and camping equipment. Make sure you clean these items thoroughly and place them at the top inside the boxes thus making it easier for quarantine officials to inspect them.
  • If you’re packing valuable goods, we recommend checking out our parcels insurance. Peace of mind and all that.