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- Provide secure padding to your furniture.
- Do not use tape directly on wood or painted surface.
- Wrap the furniture with blanket or Bubble Wrap.
- If possible, remove the legs from the furniture.
- Place the screws and wing nuts in plastic bags and envelopes, tape them and place them in the underside of the furniture.
- To protect against scratches, coat fine wooden furniture with wax.
- Place sofa cushions and pillows in bags, so that they can be used as fillers or pads in the trailer.
- If you are moving a piano, hire a specialist for the purpose.
- Move the drawers with clothes inside it. See that the drawers do not get open during the transit.
Electronics & Electrical Appliances
Lamps & Decor
- For electrical and electronic goods, the manufacturer’s packaging is usually done marketing purpose.
- But you can to do any additional packing with cardboards and cushioning.
- Use cardboard boxes with sufficient cushioning space around it.
- Use anti-static packaging products to prevent any damage to your electronic parts.
- Try to use original shipping boxes for computers, printers, and other electronic items.
- For extra protection, you can do double packing.
- While moving the products, follow the manufacturer’s instruction.
- Detach all the wires and cables before moving electrical.
- For easy reinstallation, use label or color code.
- Software and CDs can not survive at high temperature. So if you are moving in summer, consider carrying these items with you.
- Remove all the shades and bulbs of a lamp shade.
- Pack it in a strong carton and label it as "Fragile".
- For large pictures and mirrors, use Towel Crater or Bubble Wrap.
- Wrap each wall hanging in towel or bubble wrap.
- Flat the corners.
- Clean and dry all the appliances at least before 24 hours.
- Disconnect and empty washing machine hoses and store it inside the machine.
- Remove racks & broiler pans from oven.
- Tape the cords to each appliance.
- Keep the doors and lids closed.
Kitchenware & Chemicals
Dishes & Glassware
Scissors & Knives
- Wrap all the breakables in tissue paper.
- Use newspaper to fill the extra space in the boxes.
- Use pot holders or dish towels to cover the bottom and sides of the boxes.
- Pack the plates on their ridges.
- For perfect security, you can buy dish packs.
- If you are carrying silver, wrap it in silver paper or cloth.
- Use heavy-duty cardboard to cover all the points and edges of the sharp object you are carrying.
- Do not allow the sharp object to touch the side of the container.
- Use plenty of cushions while carrying the sharp item.
- Carry the object in a box.
- All the containers containing liquids must be properly sealed so that it does not spill out from the container for any shock or vibration during the transit.
- Wrap the liquid container in an impermeable material and add sufficient absorbent so that it can absorb if there is any crack.
- Keep apart the cushioning material and bottles, so that they do not touch each other.
- Do not use loose cushioning materials, use dense and tight materials such as foam or strong cardboard.
- These semi-liquids, strong-smelling and greasy products can harm your shipments if not properly packed.
- Always remember to pack these products in strong tins, made of aluminum, if possible.
- Fit the lid tightly and seal it with heavy duty adhesive tape.
- To prevent the tin from leaking, wrap it in greaseproof corrugated paper.
Leaflets & Documents
- Put all the loose papers and documents in brown craft-paper. Insert this pack in a sized box.
- Small sized papers, like Leaflets, Brochures and Documents of thickness of up to 10mm can be sent directly in courier.
- For other large quantities, or loose papers of thickness of about 45mm, should be placed in a box.
- Strap your box.
- Loose Brochures, Documents and Binders - all should be packed in large boxes.
- Do not leave any empty space inside the box. Cushion the space.
Maps & Blueprints
- The corners of the books are vulnerable. Hence, books should be packed in good quality ribbed fiber board with a 20mm overlaps at the end.
- Where it is possible, place your books in a flyer.
- If your books are not appropriate for a flyer, place it in an appropriate sized box with proper cushioning.
- Roll your Maps, Blueprints and Plans and carry them into a DHL Express Tube or equivalent. Seal both the ends properly.
- Wrap the Photographic Prints with thin paper and put it in DHL Express Envelope.
- The racquets should be packed between the strong double wall ribbed cardboard sheets with at least 25mm overlap. To protect the handle of the racquet, use a tube-type box. Use strong tapes to tie up both the parts of the racquet with strong cardboard paper between.
Toys & Games
The packing of the manufacturer is usually done for marketing purpose and is appropriate for shipping. But for additional safety, you do packing according to the weight, fragility and size of the product.
While you are planning to do internal packing, it is generally advised to leave a space between the container and the product packed inside. This space should be filled with various type of padding available. Crumbled newspaper and old clothes can be used for padding this space. Generally the following products are the most available product for this purpose:
- Different types of Cushions are available, like Loose Chips, Peanut Shaped Materials, Shred or Rolls of Bubble-Plastic Sheets.
- Loose cushioning is usually used to fill in the corners. Generally, very light weight material is used for the purpose and the product is kept at the center and is surrounded by cushions.
- In order to avoid the use of Polystyrene, as it is not considered environmental friendly in many countries, the use of polystyrene is not advisable for cushioning.
- Generally vegetable based and biodegradable materials are used for cushioning. Many materials found at home can also be used for cushioning, like shredded clothes, cushion stuffing and old newspaper.
- The Bubble Wrap can also be used for cushioning. It provides good protection against shock, abrasion and vibration. Being light weight and flexible it is also easy to carry and arrange during the transit.
- While packing items and stacked objects, it is advisable to use dividers. The dividers can provide absorption to the shocks.
- Usually a Clipboard Sheet, Ribbed Cardboard Sheet or a Brown Craft Paper is used as a divider.
- Rolls of grooved carton can be an excellent low cost padding. Foam sheets should be used to wrap fragile objects.
Loading & Handling Tips
- Remember to lift heavy items with your knees and not with your back.
- Loading in a preplanned order greatly helps you to reduce the loading time and fatigue. It also ensures a safe ride for your belongings.
- Remember to place a cardboard or plastic sheet on the floor of the trailer before loading. This acts as a cushion and protects your belongings from becoming dusty.
- Load your heavy appliances on the floor against the wall of the trailer.
- Load the heavy items on the floor of the trailer and towards the front. Save the space above for lighter items.
- Long pieces, like sofas, can be stood at end, anchored by other large and heavy items.
- While loading the items that are marked "Fragile", you need to be pay special attention.
- Load the items as tightly as possible to reduce shifting, puncturing or rubbing during the transit.
- Place adequate blankets, cushions and cardboard so that your shipments do not get soiled during the transit.
- If it is necessary, you can use blocks and brace during the entire process of loading. You can nail them on the floor of the trailer, so that it may prevent shifting during the transit.
- At the final step you may want to protect your shipment from dust, so cover it with a plastic sheet.
- Once everything is loaded and secured, you need to install a divider wall or a "Bulkhead".