How to Secure a Packing Box

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Shipping things always requires a bit of thought. How much will this cost? How can I make sure it arrives intact? What does the U.S. Postal Service say about shipping liquids? It can be overwhelming, but don’t worry! This guide will help you get comfortable with packing fragile items for the mail, so take a deep breath and follow along!

Fill empty space.

  • Fill empty space. You can use packing peanuts or bubble wrap to fill the empty space in your box. If you choose not to use any of these items, consider crumpling up some paper and stuffing it into the corners to fill out the space. Another option is shredding old documents and leaving them inside the box for added protection.

If you’re shipping fragile items like glassware or ceramics and want extra protection, try using paper towels as filler instead of packing peanuts and bubble wrap because they are less likely to leave small pieces behind during transit.

Use packing peanuts.

Packing peanuts are a cheap way to keep items from moving around during shipment. You can use them to fill empty space, or you can secure items that are already packed. They’re incredibly easy to use and can be purchased at any store. Packing peanuts are also a great way to save money!

Wrap items in newspaper.

Newspapers are a great way to wrap items in a mailing box. They’re inexpensive, biodegradable, and available at any grocery store. Newspaper is also easy to work with and can be disposed of easily—you don’t have to throw it away in the trash or recycle it like other packing materials may require. In addition to providing cushioning for the contents of your box, newspaper will help prevent your fragile items from breaking during transit because of its strength as an insulator.

Pack the box well and tape it.

In order to secure your items in a mailing box, you need to make sure that the box is packed well. This means packing the items carefully, with filler material if necessary, so they don’t shift around too much during transit. Once that’s done and the box is ready for sealing with tape it’s important to use quality packing tape. I recommend “Scotch” brand packaging tape as it has an aggressive adhesive that adheres very well even on rough surfaces such as cardboard and paperboard boxes like USPS Priority Mail® boxes.

Use plenty of high-quality packing tape to seal up your mailer so nothing comes out of place during shipment!

When you ship products, you want them to arrive safely!

When you ship products, you want them to arrive safely! Use this guide to learn how to secure items in a mailing box. You’ll need:

  • Packing peanuts
  • Bubble wrap
  • Newspaper
  • Tape (aka duct tape)


We hope this post helped you figure out how to secure the contents of your mailing boxes. Shipping fragile items is easy when you use these tips, but the safest bet is probably to use a large amount of packing peanuts in combination with other materials. However, you should be careful not to use too many packing peanuts because they can lead to environmental damage if they aren’t disposed of properly. If you have any questions about shipping or packing supplies, feel free to contact us!

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