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How to Package a Parcel

Four Easy Steps to Preparing your Parcel

Woman packaging parcelIt can be exciting when you receive a parcel, but disappointing if the contents are in less than perfect shape. We'll show you how to properly package and label your parcel when you ship so your parcel contents arrive in good condition.

Follow these four steps:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Securely seal your parcel. Use pressure-sensitive plastic or nylon reinforced tape that's at least 2 in./5.08 cm wide.
  4. 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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