Pack a Gift for Mail­ing Like a Pro

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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.

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