It might not be very festive or cheery, but when the need arises to send a Christmas gift parcel by a worldwide delivery service, it pays to ensure that it is dressed appropriately for its trip. And that is almost certain to mean eschewing the fancy gift wrap for a far more practical solution.
It’s quite logical really. If we are embarking on a journey to a far-flung destination, we would always try to dress for the weather we can expect when we arrive, and the type of journey we are embarking on. There’s no point boarding a plane in your best suit or dress, because it’s quite obvious that, on arrival at your destination, that outfit will be looking decidedly the worse for wear – quite literally.
With the availability of increasingly strong yet lightweight packaging materials, anyone who needs to send a worldwide parcel – especially if it is a present which is likely to be particularly treasured – should invest the comparatively small extra amount which is required to ensure that it is wrapped and secured properly.
That rule applies to both the inside and the outside of the container in which the item is travelling, so for example, bubble wrap, polystyrene chips and screwed-up paper should be used to protect the inside of a box, as well as a liberal amount of strong wrapping tape to both ensure that the box stays sealed, and to enhance its protection from the weather.
It is also possible to clearly mark a package so that anyone handling it knows that it is fragile, without giving away any information about the actual contents. A politely-worded message on the outer wrapping of a package will alert sorting office staff to the fact that it should be treated with some respect.
Senders should not be worried that a warning of this type will go unnoticed. Adding a plain and clear request to the outside of the box – without, obviously, obscuring other important information which also needs to be displayed on it, especially the recipient’s name and full address – actually helps sorting staff to pinpoint delicate and fragile items, so that they can ensure that they handle them in the appropriate way.
A parcel which arrives at its destination damaged, and the contents wrecked, does no favours for the delivery company involved. It could mean it having to pay compensation to the sender and, much worse, lead to it losing business in the future. So strong packaging, and a clear message to anyone handling it that the contents are fragile, will ensure that no one’s Christmas is spoiled by a bashed-up box.