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International relocation advice: We ask the experts for some top tips on packing fragile items

Don't let the kids make a fort with your fragile boxes! 

As many expats who have relocated might know, fragile items can crack easily during shipping. This can be prevented by packing items properly with the right protective materials. Here are some tips from Packeverything.com on how to protect that prized heirloom or favourite wine glass.

1. Select a sturdy box to hold the weight of the items and leave around five centimetres between the items and the walls of the box.

2. Wrap fragile items completely with brown paper. You can also use newsprint paper but it shouldn’t have print on it or it may cause stains.

3. Use bubble wrap, especially for irregular-shaped items. Polyethylene foam can be used to minimise static on the items before they’re put in bubble wrap.

4. Fill the bottom part of the box with some loose foam. Then add the items and add more loose foam to the sides and above the items to top it off.

5. Never let the items touch the wall of the box at any point.

6. Shake the box a little to see if you can still hear items touching the wall. If so, add more loose foam.

7. Cover the box and seal the opening with brown or transparent tape at least five centimetres wide. Remember to use only tape designed for shipping.

8. Mark the box with a “FRAGILE” carton label to alert the postman or mover to handle it with care.

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