Packing for Student Shipping – Do It Right!

Student Shipping Packing

Just because you’re students, doesn’t mean we’re going to start lecturing you on how to pack your boxes properly for shipping. However, packing is pretty important to us here at Seven Seas Worldwide so we thought it worth running through a few hints.

 

First of all, let’s start by talking about our own boxes because there’s a good chance you’ll be using them if you're using our student shipping services:

  • Our boxes are chemically-hardened and designed specifically for long journeys and storage.  They’re a better option than the dozen or so boxes you’re planning on cobbling together that are so old you probably built a fort out of them when you were little.
  • The large packing box we supply is called a ‘Large Box’ or ‘Tea Chest Box’. This box is particularly useful for packing bulky but light items such as shoes, bed linen, clothes and cuddly toys you’ve yet to grow out of.  The dimensions of the Large Box are 61cm (height), 51cm (depth) and 41cm (width).
  • The standard packing box is called a ‘Standard Box’ or ‘Book Box’. This box is designed to look after the heavier items such as hand tools, books, big photo albums, that sort of thing.  The dimensions of the Standard Box are 31cm (height), 51cm (length) and 41cm (width).
  • Assembly and packing instructions can be found printed on the flap of every box.

Remember not to exceed the maximum weight of 30kg (or 66 pounds) for each item or else a charge will be applied. No one wants that. Our driver may ask you to repack the items into another box if he’s loading his van and lifts a box that he considers heavier than 30kg (or 66 pounds).

If you’ve over-packed too many boxes, our driver may abandon the collection – he’s got other customers, you see, he can’t hang around. This means you’ll have to repack and reschedule. There will be a charge for this.

Also, we advise you order more boxes than you need. No one can accurately forecast how many boxes they’re going to require for a move so it’s better to have too many than not enough. You can just return any unused ones, free of charge.

How To Pack For Student Shipping

So – packing. Well, our handy video on how to pack your baggage will probably cover your student packing list but there are a few things we want to tell you about below: 

  • First of all, if you believe you’ve exceeded the maximum weight allowance of 30kg, 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. Pretty nifty tip there.
  • If you have any large items that do not fit our boxes, give us a ring – we’re always here to help.
  • Something really important to remember is that the quarantine departments of some countries (such as Australia and New Zealand) will check items such as shoes, boots, sports and camping equipment. Make sure you clean these items thoroughly and place them at the top inside the boxes. This will make it easier for quarantine officials to inspect them.
  • If you’re packing valuable goods, we would recommend checking out our baggage insurance page. Peace of mind and all that.