There are a number of different ways to get your item to its destination, and it’s up to the delivery service you’ve chosen to ensure it gets there safely, but that doesn’t entirely excuse you from the responsibility of making sure it gets there in one piece. Packaging, both internally if sending a parcel, and externally, can make a huge difference to what kind of condition your item arrives in at its destination, but who knew there were so many choices?
Smaller items can simply be sent in a jiffy bag, already well padded with its own bubble wrap. If you feel your item requires more security against knocks and bumps, swathe in more bubble wrap and/or stuff the envelope with crumpled paper. Bear in mind that weight pays a large factor in price though, and evaluate what’s above and beyond against the cost.
Anything you send boxed needs to be well protected internally, any breakages due to lack of packaging are your responsibility and the delivery service you’ve chosen is rarely liable for damages as a result. Make sure you choose a box that’s suitable for the kind of transit you’re sending it on; international destinations, more than any, require a strong, durable cardboard box and, if you plan on reusing an old box, make sure it is well sealed with plenty of internal padding.
Domestic deliveries, particularly non-breakable items such as clothes and books, can be sent unboxed in strong, specially designed bags with secure seals. These may be suitable for international use, but keep in mind the rigours your item will be subjected to when sending abroad and decide if additional padding and protection might be better served. If you prefer to box your items, but need to make a good impression on the recipient, using paper to wrap your box can make all the difference, just make sure it’s well secured as loose edges and flaps may tear. Try to avoid using string externally, it could catch and tear; lovers of the retro paper and string look can always try packaging their item up old school style and then boxing it for transit.
Larger items, sent by pallet, need to be properly packaged in order for them to be accepted by the pallet service you’ve chosen. That means ensuring that the item you’re sending is well protected, wrapped in plastic and then strapped securely to the pallet you’re using. The company you’re using can give you information on the type of wrapping and straps required and, if sending internationally, the pallet needs to meet international transit requirements.