There are many important factors to consider when packing boxes and crates. It obviously completely depends on what you’re actually packing in the crates, which will then determine how they need to be efficiently packed, as well as the material that the crate or box needs to be made from for your specific items. It also depends on whether you’re transporting full crates of the same items, or if they’re filled with different items, as to how best to pack them. Whatever you’re transporting, you want to make sure that your products are in the same condition when they arrive to their destination as when they left.
There are a few points to initially cover, some of which might seem fairly obvious, but are nonetheless extremely important in order to efficiently pack your crates:
- If your crates are filled with different objects, it is important to always put the heavier items at the bottom of the crates with lighter ones on top. Depending on the products, they may need to be individually wrapped for protection.
- If any pieces are fragile it is important to make sure they’re sufficiently wrapped in protective layers such as bubble wrap, and to also be wrapped individually to avoid any breakages.
- Wherever possible, it would also be useful for fragile items not to be transported with heavier items, even if they are suitably wrapped. If this is inevitable, ensure that the lighter items are packed on top, preferably with cushion foam separating the lighter items from the heavier items.
- It’s important to ensure that your crates aren’t under packed or else they’ll likely collapse in transit, but also to make sure that they aren’t over packed, which could cause damage to the goods.
In general, plastic crates are usually the best type to use, particularly over wooden crates, for many reasons. Firstly, crates are often outside which means they may get wet. If wood gets wet it can cause mould, bacteria, contamination, and even attract pets, not to mention that they’d then be damaged. Over time and after many uses, they can also splinter, which could cause harm to those carrying them. However, plastic crates won’t cause any of these problems, meaning that they’ll last longer, can be left out in many weather conditions.
Even though plastic crates are the most durable and long-lasting, cardboard pallet boxes are an alternative type to use. They are still highly versatile and reliable packaging solutions, and are still able to transport heavy items. They can also be flat packed and assembled within seconds, making them very appealing for travelling purposes. Whilst they may not be as long-term an option as plastic crates, they are a much cheaper alternative.
Overall, it’s important to analyse many factors when transporting goods in crates to ensure that the products arrive undamaged. Following these simple steps will not only save you time but also ensure that your products are safe whilst being transported.