8 STEPS TO WATERPROOF AND PROTECT YOUR PARCEL
Learn how to package a parcel and protect it from weather conditions, by waterproofing and packaging your parcel with our handy guide.
We know how important your parcel is to both you and your recipient. Our aim is always to deliver the items entrusted to us in good time and the same condition as they were sent. Here we share some simple steps to take when waterproofing and packaging your parcel, in order to protect it on its journey.
UK weather conditions can sometimes make this process difficult - but there are things that you can do to protect your contents from the elements. From weatherproof labels to strong packing tape, here’s a few of the essentials you’ll need, come rain, sleet or snow.
WATERPROOF DELIVERY BOX
Whilst cardboard boxes are never going to be 100% waterproof, you can take steps to stop them from breaking and leaving your items exposed to the elements. We recommend always use a strong and sturdy box. If sending something heavy or fragile, a double or triple walled box works best as this is less likely to break or get crushed. Avoid re-using old boxes (even if it doesn’t look damaged) – it is likely the box will be weakened by its previous use.
Once all items are sealed within the outer box, check to see that it can support the weight of all items. If it doesn’t, you may need to use a stronger box or container.
SEAL YOUR PARCEL
The best way to waterproof your delivery box is by making sure it’s well sealed. When it comes to packaging parcels, sellotape isn’t going to cut it – you’ll need to invest in good, strong parcel tape. We always suggest using parcel tape which is around 40-50mm wide. Apply the tape along any seams, flaps and openings of the outer box to ensure it is fully sealed closed.
Shrink wrap is great if you’re sending larger items and will help keep your items waterproof during transit. However - It’s important that you don’t wrap your parcel in black plastic; automated sortation machinery is unable to process it, meaning your UK parcels will be delayed, and international deliveries will be automatically returned to you.
PROTECT ITEMS WITH WATERPROOF WRAP
Using a sturdy box and ensuring it is properly sealed, should keep the water out. However, it is a good idea to use waterproof packaging inside your parcel too. Wrap each individual item in a waterproof wrap. Bubble wrap is a great option – not only is it waterproof, but it also offers cushioning so your item won’t get damaged in transit. If you don’t have any bubble wrap to hand, you can wrap the item in tissue paper and then pop inside a plastic bag.
Be sure to fill any space inside your parcel too – this will stop your items moving around and breaking. Avoid using internal packaging which will hold water, like packaging chips or newspaper. Instead, opt for air pillows or another non-absorbent padding option.
WATERPROOF SHIPPING LABELS
These are an ideal addition for parcels that are travelling a great distance or that may get damaged by rain. The address stays legible throughout the journey, something that may not be the case should a pen either rub off or run – something that can happen should a letter or parcel get caught in rain while in transit.
MARK THE BOX IF THE CONTENTS ARE FRAGILE
Affix stickers or draw arrows on the outside of your parcel with ‘This way up’ and ‘Fragile’ if your parcel needs to stay upright during transit. It doesn’t 100% guarantee delicate handling – especially with automated parcel sorting machines - but every little bit helps to avoid breakages during delivery.