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Shipping, Moving and Storing


Make a great move

Looking for moving tips? Ways to pack and ship fragile items so they arrive intact? Learn how to pack for a move, ship with success and keep items securely stored.

Top 5 Shipping Tips

Choose the correct box size.

  • Selecting a box roughly the size of the contents will prevent jostling and breakage
  • Scotch® Mailing Boxes come in a variety of sizes to fit your contents
  • Especially fragile items can be protected by cushioning the main box inside of a larger one

 

Protect breakables.

  • Wrap fragile items individually with Scotch® Cushion Wrap
  • Don't cushion with newspaper – the ink can transfer!

 

Fill extra space.

  • Eliminating empty pockets of space prevents jostling
  • Use Scotch® Cushion Wrap to line the bottom of the box and fill voids

 

Secure box seams.

  • To ensure your box doesn't open mid-route, tape the top and bottom with Scotch® Premium Performance Packaging Tape.

 

Label properly.

  • Only use one shipping label per package and include a complete return address
  • Don't place the label over a seam, and waterproof the address label with a strip of Scotch® Premium Performance Packaging Tape
  • Include a copy of the shipping addresses inside the package incase your original is damaged, and label the outside of the box if your contents are "FRAGILE."

 


Top 5 Moving Tips:

Plan ahead.

  • Inventory your belongings, purchase supplies and allow plenty of time for packing
  • The basics you'll need: Scotch® Mailing Boxes, Scotch® Premium Performance Packaging Tape, Scotch® Cushion Wrap

 

Pack room by room.

  • Pack boxes to capacity and protect your breakables with Scotch® Cushion Wrap
  • Don't cushion with newspaper – the ink can transfer

 

Label properly.

  • Label boxes according to the new room they belong in and their contents
  • Mark boxes with breakable contents as "FRAGILE"

 

Pack a suitcase ahead of time.

  • Each family member should have a suitcase with toiletries and clothes for several days
  • Keep these suitcases with you and separate from your other belongings

 

Keep moving necessities together.

  • Unpacking will be easier if tools, cleaning supplies, extension cords and surge protectors are easy to find
  • Don't forget your Scotch™ Multi-Purpose Scissors for opening boxes!

 


Top 5 Storing Tips:

Top 5 Storing Tips

Choose the right storage location.

  • Select the appropriate size
  • Consider climate-controlled facilities for humidity-sensitive items

 

Handle with care.

  • Consistent box sizes will stack best - Scotch® Mailing Boxes come in a variety of sizes to meet your needs
  • Pack boxes to capacity, and protect your breakables with Scotch® Cushion Wrap
  • Don't cushion with newspaper – the ink may transfer!

 

Label properly.

  • Detailed and accurate labels will help locate needed items quickly
  • If contents are breakable, be sure to mark as "FRAGILE."

 

Plan your stacking.

  • Line the floor with pallets or tarps to protect your contents
  • Leave space between boxes and walls to allow air circulation and create an aisle between boxes for access
  • Group similar sized boxes and keep heavy items on the bottom

 

Keep frequently used items handy.

  • Once your items are in storage, you may need to access seasonal clothing or files
  • Label these boxes so they're easy to find and keep them near the entrance to your unit

 

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