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iCollect’s 5 top tips for safely packing your parcel

Whether you are posting a gift to a loved one, returning a purchase you are dissatisfied with, or running your own business and sending out parcels regularly, it pays to know how to effectively pack and send parcels properly. Even the best courier service or third party broker needs a little help in order to successfully deliver your package. Here are some of the things you need to do to help iCollect before your parcel goes on its merry way, safely and securely.

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Be clear

If your handwriting is not particularly legible then print the name and address clearly. It is vital to have a postcode. If you don't know the destination postcode look it up online. The more information, in the clearest possible format you can provide, the better.

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Cover those sharp edges

Many items are safe to pack as they are, but if you have any sharp edges or points then extra padding is not only sensible from a protection perspective, but important to make sure the packaging stays intact too.

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Provide a contact

Provide a contact

It is always a really good idea to provide a contact for your parcel so that the courier or broker can make arrangements if there is no one in. You really don't want them to leave it somewhere unattended and out in all weathers if they can easily make arrangements to deliver at a more convenient time.

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Make sure item is packed to its specific requirements

By this we mean, if it is fragile, mark it “Fragile” and wrap it safely; if it is a vinyl record or photographs then label it “Do Not Bend”. If there is anything helpful you can place clearly on the parcel then do so.

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Be secure

Whether you have chosen bespoke packaging or whether you are using brown paper and string, it is important that the parcel is not easy to open. If it is, then it will almost certainly open in transit and that can have quite devastating results.