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How to choose the right shipping box?

It doesn't matter whether you're a small-scale business, a bigger one, or homeowners moving. You're always going to need boxes for shipping. However, getting shipping boxes is not as easy as it seems. There are tons of shipping boxes out there, from smaller ones to heavy-duty shipping boxes and a lot more.

So, how do you ensure that you have picked the right one for your required material? For you to make an informed decision, let us brief you a little on the basics. From the sizes to the material of boxes for shipping, we cover it all.

Type of Shipping Boxes

Starting with the types of shipping boxes. There are tons of different kinds of packages that you can pick. However, the choice will eventually depend on the type of product you are sending out. Some common types of shipping boxes are:

1.     Regular Slotted Cartons

These are the cartons and that you and I usually see people using. Also known as a standard corrugated box, heavy-duty shipping boxes are a staple product in shipping products. Most businesses tend to use it for delivering their products. It is also preferred most often because it offers a ton of versatility.

For instance, there are different shapes, sizes, and thicknesses in such boxes. There are also certain shipping boxes in this category that reduce the hassle of taping, etc.

2.     Folding Carton Boxes

If you are looking for some heavy-duty shipping boxes, this one is for you. As the name indicates, the folding carton boxes have a flap for folding at the top. The OG's, these boxes used to be used when there were no other options. The best thing about these boxes for shipping is that you can easily disassemble them and store them.

Items such as canned goods, books, clothes, electronics, shoes, etc., can be packed in such shipping boxes.

3.     Telescope Boxes

Telescope boxes are the next type of boxes for shipping. The most common example of these boxes being used in real life is when you get shoes—every time you buy shoes from high-end stores. You are bound to receive them in boxes that come with their lids. These are the same ones.

These are a perfect choice for you if you wish to ship electronics or any other product with an aura of sophistication.

Sizes of Boxes For Shipping 

The size of your shipping box will, of course, ultimately depend upon the product that you wish to ship. Start by measuring your product. If you are shipping electronics, start by measuring the size of your product. This should give you an idea of the type of heavy-duty shipping boxes you need.

You should also measure the outside dimensions of the box. This will help you when you are estimating the cost of shipping. Always remember to be innovative while packing box sizes. Getting boxes that are too big will lead to higher shipping costs and wasted space.

Tip: the tip is to test multiple boxes and then pick one. You should get one that is not too small nor too big for your product.

Products for Shipping Boxes

You also need to pick a box that works for your product. Other than measuring the size of weight, you also need to keep the nature of the product in mind. For instance, when you are shipping valuable or precious items, you might want to get a heavy-duty shipping box.

On the other hand, the choice will be different for food products and perishable items. For such products, you should get a box that offers regulation for the humidity and temperature. Moreover, some shipping boxes even offer cold packs if you are sending ice-creams or frozen food.

Other products such as clothes and shoes don't require much and can go in ones that are not heavy-duty shipping boxes as well. The trick is to store such products in a manner that they don't rattle around. To avoid banging, try adding old newspapers, bubble wrap, etc., to fill the void.

The amount of packing you allocate for each shipping box will depend on the nature of the product. Precious items will require more sturdy shipping boxes with heavy packing, while you can wing them with others. Make sure not to use too many packing products, or you will end up with a heavier box leading to higher shipping costs.


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