Methods for Proper Packing

At®, we want to ensure that all your packages are picked up and delivered back to you safely and efficiently. To accomplish this we ask that you adhere to a few simple suggestions when preparing your packages for storage. By complying with the following methods you can help ensure that all your packages are delivered to their final destinations as safely and expeditiously as possible.

Use new corrugated Boxes® will provide new corrugated boxes free of charge to those students using our service. Ideally, you should use new boxes whenever possible. Hoever, if you chose to reuse a box, please examine it carefully for any sign or wear that could expose the contents to unnecessary and preventable damage. Inspect all sides for abrasions, punctures, rips, tears and check for damage to the corners. Always avoid using any carton that has been weakened by previous use. Be sure to remove old address labels and mark over extraneous names and addresses printed on the box that may cause confusion about the destination of your shipment.

Protect the Contents

When filling the box each item should be individually wrapped to provide sufficient cushioning. It is best to allow for approximately foour inches of cushioning material between the contents and all sides of the box. When packing particularly fragile items, it is recommended to maintain several inches of separation between the fragile item and all other items in the box. This will help avoid any damage caused by shock or vibration that may be sustained by the box and passed to the contents during the normal course trasnportation to its destination. A variety of materials can be used for cushioning and protection. The following are listed in order of preference and ability to provide protection for the contents of your package:

  • Foam-in-Place (when sprayed in box it forms a protective mold around the item)
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Polystyrene "peanuts"
  • Corrugated Dividers
  • Paper (crumbled kraft paper or newspaper)

Sealing the Carton

Before sealing the top, put a duplicate label inside the carton in case the label on the outside becomes obscured or detached during transit. Then use a sturdy tape of at least two or more inches in width to securely close the carton. You may want to consider applying strips of extra tape along the edges and bottom of the carton for additional security. Do not overlook the importance of properly sealing the carton. Choosing a strong tape is the best way to avoid having the contents spilling out or damages during ransit. We recommend one of the following types of tape:

  • Pressure-sensitive plastic or nylon reinforced tape.
  • Water activated paper tape.
  • Use a 60 pound grade tape at least 3 inched in width.


  • Masking Tape
  • Cellophane Tape
  • String
  • Paper Overwrap

Proper Labeling

Please comply with the following guidelines for proper labeling to help ensure that your packages arrive at their destination as quickly as possible.

Remove old labels that may remain from previous shipments.

If using a handwritten label, clearly print all letters in block style.

Be sure to include your Fall semester address.

If possible, always include your Fall semester telephone number on the label.

Place the storage label on the top of the carton and apply several pieces of tape to protect it from moisture and abrasions. will supply all labels for your packages.

Place only one label on the package to avoid any confusion.

Do not place the label over any seam or closure. Always include a return address with zip code.

For your added protection place a duplicate label or other form of identification inside your package.

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