Pack a Gift for Mailing Like a Pro
The Box Choose a box 2 inches larger on all sides than what you’re packing. Sturdy paperboard or corrugated fiberboard boxes are best for up to 10 pounds. If you’re reusing a box (go, you!), totally remove all previous labels or obliterate them and any earlier markings with heavy black marker. Cushioning Place newspaper, foam peanuts or shredded paper all around your gift. For boxed items, like an ipod, or otherwise sturdy items, like a book, use small-bubble bubble wrap to protect the edges and keep your gift from jostling around. For fragile items, use at least two layers of large-bubble bubble wrap with the bubble side facing inward. Give your closed box the shake test: Listen to make sure that nothing is moving around inside. If you can shake it, they can break it. Sealing Tape the opening of your box and reinforce all seams with 2-inchwide tape. Packaging tape, reinforced packing tape and paper tape all work well. Do not use cord, string, twine, masking tape or cellophane tape. To prevent the address from smearing, place a strip of clear packaging tape over your label.