How to pack fragile items safely and securely

When shipping fragile items such as dishes, glasses or musical instruments, it’s essential that they arrive undamaged. Transit conditions can damage fragile products; to minimize this risk use the appropriate packaging materials and follow certain tips to keep them in optimal condition during transport.

Choose the Right Box


Packaging fragile items is essential when shipping them out to customers, as improper handling can lead to breakages during transit. If not done carefully, your products could even shatter during shipment!

As part of your strategy to protect your product during shipping, choosing and packing an appropriate box are both key components. An optimal shipping box should be slightly larger than its cargo so as to prevent shifting during travel.

Additionally, your box must be sturdy enough to support the weight of your item. Choose one made of strong materials like corrugated cardboard with thick flutes.

Doubling up on packaging can provide additional protection when shipping fragile items. Simply put the original package inside one outer box, with three inches of protective infill added around all four sides to create an effective double boxing strategy.

Wrap the Item

Wrapping an item properly to ensure it remains safe during transit is of utmost importance, which may require using various packing materials like bubble wrap and packing peanuts.

Sheets of paper can help protect items from scratches while in transit. In addition, be sure to choose a box which meets all your storage needs for maximum efficiency and protection.

Dependent upon the item being transported, investing in some bubble wrap and crinkle paper could ensure its protection.

Add an extra layer of packing tape to keep items secure during transit.

Marking your box as fragile can help ensure it receives extra care once it reaches its destination, encouraging mail carriers and depot workers to treat it with extra respect, which can prevent damages during transit.

Fill Empty Spaces

When packing fragile items, it’s essential to use enough cushioning material to fill empty spaces in the box and protect fragile objects from being jostled around while being transported, which could cause them to shatter or chip as they jostle around in transit.

To fill empty spaces efficiently and provide maximum protection for fragile items, consider packing paper or void fill materials like bubble wrap or styrofoam peanuts as space fillers. Both options are easy to use while offering effective protection.

Void fill materials help prevent damage-causing gaps from appearing in your shipping packages, saving time and money while delighting your customers.

Void fill materials are essential when transporting items that pose a high risk of breaking, such as electronics, glass figurines or large crystal vases. Void fill is also designed to protect fragile items from being crushed as their boxes move around during shipping.

Label the Box

Packing fragile items securely is key to preventing damage during shipping, such as glassware, alcohol, perfumes or electronics. Here are a few steps that you must take in order to make sure they arrive without incident at their destinations.

Labeling the box is an essential step that can alert delivery drivers that it needs extra care and handling.

Utilizing stamps or stickers that clearly state “fragile” or “handle with care” will let carriers know they must handle these packages with special care.

Be sure to place the shipping label on the side with its largest surface evenly so as to increase the chances of proper placement by the carrier. This will increase chances for smooth transport of your package.