Packing Your Device for Shipment

Once you've selected the right carton, it's time to prepare it for shipping. Here's some advice on how to best secure your package.

Always Provide Internal Protection

Your goal is to surround the items that go inside the carton with a protective cushion. We recommend these steps:

  • Wrap each item separately and completely. Fragile articles will require extra wrapping and cushioning. Also, surround any sharp or protruding edges and corners with pieces of corrugated fiberboard; tape in place and then wrap the entire item.
  • Place a 2" - 3" layer of cushioning in the bottom of the carton before you put in the wrapped items. Next, position the item in the center of the carton, leaving at least a 2" - 3" void at the top and sides of the carton.
  • When packing multiple items, arrange them so that the weight inside the carton is distributed as evenly as possible. Take care to place fragile items away from carton corners and sides.
  • Fill all voids inside the carton with cushioning material.

Recommended Cushioning and Protective Materials

  • Bubble cushioning (air-encapsulated plastic sheets).
  • Paper cushioning (multi-layered paper padding). Ideal for wrapping medium-to-large-sized items and those that may require moisture absorption; excellent for void fill.
  • Expanded polystyrene (peanuts). Good for void fill around light-to-medium-weight items, but not acceptable for contents weighing over 70 pounds. Can shift easily during transit, so be sure to use enough to slightly overfill the voids.
  • Corrugated dividers. Cross-sections of corrugated fiberboard are joined to create 3-D dividers. Good for layering between stacked items.
  • Crumpled kraft paper. Use to fill voids around light-to-medium-weight items. Not acceptable for contents weighing over 70 pounds.
  • Foam-in-place. Polystyrene foam is sprayed into boxes and forms a protective mold around the contents.
  • Close the Carton Securely. Proper closure is just as vital to protecting your package contents as good cushioning.
  • Do not use masking tape, cellophane tape or string. Instead, use:
    • 2" pressure-sensitive plastic tape, a good general-purpose shipping tape.
    • Nylon-reinforced tape. Embedded filaments of nylon add extra strength.
    • Water-activated paper tape. Should be 60-pound tape that´s at least 3 inches wide.
    • Water-activated reinforced paper tape. Reinforcing fibers add extra strength.

Tape your small carton closed, using the UPS-recommended six-strip taping technique.

  • Strips 1 and 2: Apply the tape down the length of both middle seams of the carton - where the flaps meet on the top and the bottom.
  • Strips 3 - 6: Apply the tape to each of the seams on either side of Strips 1 and 2 - on both the top and bottom of the carton.
  • Heavier items may require an additional strip of tape on all seams. Also, if you´re using water-activated reinforced paper tape, two center-seam strips on both the top and bottom will suffice instead