Preparing to Ship
Four Easy Steps to Preparing your Package
It can be exciting when you receive a package, but disappointing if the contents are in less than perfect shape. We'll show you how to properly box contents and label packages when you ship so your package contents arrive in good condition.
Follow these four steps:
- Choose a box strong enough to hold the contents. That means it shouldn't have tears, rips, bends, or other damage. You can use your own box or UPS packaging supplies. Ideally, you'll want to use a new corrugated box.
- Select and use proper cushioning materials for package contents. Wrap items individually and surround them with bubble sheeting and recyclable or foam loose-fill materials. Content should not directly touch the inside of the shipping box.
- Securely seal your package. Use pressure-sensitive plastic or nylon reinforced tape that's at least 2 in./5.08 cm wide.
- Properly label your package. Include full shipping instructions such as postal codes, apartment numbers or other information that will help with delivery. UPS online shipping can help you complete your label. Make sure to place the label on top of the package and remove any old labels or cross out old markings. Secure the label and avoid placing it on box seams or tape.
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Go Greener at The UPS Store
Participating The UPS Store® locations offer earth-friendly air pillow or retention packaging. These eliminate the need for bubble wrap and packing peanuts for your fragile to semi-rugged items, and they can be easily recycled right at your curb. While you're there, ask if your neighborhood The UPS Store participates in the peanut recycling program.