- Wrap each item in tissue paper, newspaper or similar material
- Once wrapped, return them to the box you bought them in if possible, or put them in a similar type of box or container
- Wrap this inner box or container in extra cushioning like bubble wrap to limit movement
- Put this in a sturdy mailing box
- Close with heavy-duty packing tape and address correctly
Top packing tips
There should be enough cushioning around the item to make sure it isn't damaged, and also to make sure it can't cause injury to our staff, or damage our equipment or other mail.
- Marking it 'Fragile' or 'Handle with care' isn't enough
While we don't actually offer a 'Fragile' service, we'll always try to handle items with care. But writing on your item won't protect it when it's in a mail bag or being processed through sorting equipment.
- Use the right packaging for your item
We've got packaging products to suit many and varied needs at your local post office. Check mailing boxes, bags and other packaging options for details and prices.
- Sending keys, pens, USBs or CDs
Never put rigid or inflexible items in a regular paper envelope - even if you think they're small enough. They could easily be damaged by our machines or torn from the envelope and lost.
How to pack different items
Don't forget to check at your local Post Office for mailing boxes, bags, tubes or bubble wrap to suit your needs.