How To Pack China

September 17, 2012 — Leave a comment

What you will need for packing:

  • Boxes
  • Foam Cushion Sheets
  • Packing Peanuts
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Tape
  • Newspaper
  • Cardboard

Packing Steps

1. Choose a box that will allow you to pack no more than 10 pounds

The key to this step is to choose a compact box to prevent over packing. Over packing can cause the box to become heavy and difficult to move, often times movers choose to put larger boxes at the bottom allowing to load other smaller items on top of them. This risks putting the valuable chinaware under pressure and may be exposed to any possible breaking of the fragile china.

2. Put packing peanuts at the bottom of the box

If you need packing peanuts, PakMail offers a variety of Packing Supplies. Packing peanuts are more compact and can ensure that the china has a steady cushioning underneath them.

3. Wrap china in newspaper before placing on top of the packing peanuts

Carefully wrap each piece of china individually for added protection. If wrapping multiple pieces of chinaware together is desired, make sure that there is no areas of china or glass touching each other. This can cause the chinaware to chip if they are touching one another in the shipping process.

*Do not skimp on the newspaper; make sure each piece is adequately wrapped with newspaper to ensure the packing quality.

4. Pack the wrapped items into the box

Arrange the wrapped china into the box securely by placing foam cushion sheets between each item. Make sure to leave at least 1 inch of space between the side of the box and the fragile items.

Tip: For plates, place them on their edge as they are much stronger packed that way. Put scrunched up newspaper at the bottom of a box carrying plates and then slide cardboard, bubble wrap or foam between them. It is recommended to wrap each plate in a few sheets of paper to keep them well padded and to prevent any of them from coming into contact with each other.

5. Fill the empty spaces with packing peanuts, newspaper or foam paper

To prevent items from shifting and moving during the shipment process, make sure to pack any empty spaces in the box with packing peanuts, scrunched newspaper or with foam. Give the box a light shake to see if items are able to move around.

6. Tape the box tightly

Securely taping the box shut will prevent any chance of the box opening during shipment. Also, make sure to write “FRAGILE” and “THIS WAY UP” on the box to alert individuals moving the package.

Tip: Check the box for any potential indentation if other boxes will be placed on it. If the box can be compressed in any way from having other heavy items placed on top of it, this pressure can damage the fragile contents. If the lid can be pressed inward at all can add more stuffing to ensure no indentation can ruin the contents inside.

PakMail Indianapolis has years of experience packing and shipping family heirlooms. On a weekly basis we send individual items and smaller amounts of fragile collectables to families across the country and all around the world.


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International packing and shipping company, Pak Mail Centers of America, has announced a partnership with Shred-it to offer shredding services at many of the shipping firm’s locations nationwide.

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In combination with Pak Mail’s freight, furniture, antique, and international shipping services, the partnership with Shred-it has established the packing and shipping company as a full-service local and international solutions provider for both personal and professional needs.

About Pak Mail

For 28 years, Pak Mail has been the world’s premier franchisor for packing, shipping, crating and business-support services for both commercial and residential customers. With more than 450 stores across four countries, Pak Mail is a one-stop source for domestic, international, and freight shipping, including services for furniture, art, and antiques. Pak Mail partners with FedEx, UPS, DHL, the U.S. Postal Service, and other trusted freight carriers for worry-free delivery. Pak Mail finds the most cost-effective and safest ways to pack and ship items worldwide by air, ocean, or ground.

Having a safe and secure place to receive your mail and packages has become increasingly more important with online shopping and identity theft on the rise. Renting a private mailbox at Pakmail 192 gives you the ability to take a vacation or a business trip without worrying if those golf clubs or clothes you ordered will arrive while you’re gone.

Our private mailbox service offers you much more than just an empty box. Whether it’s for your business or for personal use, you will have a North Meridian Street address to use on all of your stationary, and have access to all of our business services. We’ll receive all your mail, including UPS, Fedex, DHL and U.S. Postal packages, as well as certified mail and even large freight. We’ll except and sign for all your packages so they stay off your front porch where they could be exposed to bad weather, or even stolen.

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Spring break will be upon us soon and your family needs a break from the norm. You start narrowing down your destination choices for a family vacation, but dread the thought of the airport!

Here is a great travel tip from your friends at Pakmail 192;

Ship your luggage ahead of time and avoid the lines and airline baggage fees.

When you ship your bags ahead with Pakmail, they will arrive the day you need them to. If the resort has a guest baggage policy, they will sign for and hold your bags until check-in.

No more waiting in line before you get on the plane and no more waiting for your bag to drop out of nowhere after your flight. You and your family can start to enjoy your vacation as soon as you step off the plane.

The cost of shipping your bags with Pakmail can be cheaper than you might think!

With airline bags fees on the rise, the cost of shipping your items via UPS or Fedex ground is very affordable. Pakmail can also provide prepaid return labels. When you’re vacation is over, you just give your bags to the hotel and we will have them shipped directly to your home!

More and more people are using Pakmail 192 to ship their bags ahead, avoiding the airport headache and enjoying more of their vacation. Become a savvy traveler with help from your friends at Pakmail 192.

Are you traveling anywhere for Spring Break? If so, where are you headed?