How to Properly Ship Clothing and Used Items When Moving

Ship it or pack it when moving? Airlines have raised their their prices so much lately that paying overweight baggage fees at close to 10-15 dollars per kilo is just too much. Before you know it, this “slightly” heavier bag which also happens to be oversized too can cost you a good fifty-sixty dollars. Purchasing luggage in advance help to certain extent. Many airlines have a bag limitation of up to sixty linear inches per piece – all height, length and width dimensions of a bag added together should be less or equal to.

Another option is to ship in advance. Shipping items of great value, size or really awkward shape might would be unreasonable. Shipping art is also advised against unless you want to see your favorite Chinese vase in fifty pieces on the receiving end.

Shipping used items requires less attention to detail and could allow some compromise as opposed to shipping new and valuable content. First item is to reevaluate items whether they are really needed and compare prices of new stuff versus shipping charges, chances of damage and the possibility to sell some of the used equipment even at excellent bargains for other people.

When shipping used belongings the majority of people opt for used shipping boxes. While this makes sense, choose a box which is not showing signs of wear and match it up with the intended weight of what goes in it. Again, placing a 30-pound item in a box designed to handle only fifteen pounds is a sign of poor judgment regardless of the fact that the contents might fit freely in the shipping container. Most retail large shipping boxes have designation on their bottom showing designed weight, edge crush test, puncture resistance and other technical information. Going against these regulations will almost always end up unfortunate especially when shipping at larger distances.

Once a package is prepared, bubble wrap and polystyrene packaging peanuts used accordingly, be careful with the packing tape. Some newer makes and models of the latter are made so cheaply that they can ruin the whole shipment and simply come undone like shoe laces. Proper packing tape should be used, not duct, frog or electrical regardless of their looks or color. Post offices in different countries seem to have a mind of their own so when shipping internationally, make sure you write the recipient’s address on the box in addition to the stickers they put on there. Once this is done, apply clear packing tape on top to protect the extra label from water etc. damage.