How to prepare your parcel ?
1- The right box is essential
The choice of the carton is an important criterion. Depending on the size and weight of your items to be sent to France or abroad, you will have to choose a shipping carton with the right dimensions: neither too big (to avoid paying more in case of volumetric weight), nor too small (to avoid the carton tearing).
You can reuse existing boxes, but if the box is too damaged, it is better to recycle it. Indeed, it may tear during transport or handling, and it will protect your goods less well in case of shocks.
2- Pack each object well
Some items require special attention if they are fragile (vase, glassware, light bulbs, ceramics, glasses, frames...), of high value (household appliances, computer, camera, art object...) or out of standard (posters, objects with sharp angles...). We recommend individual packaging for certain items, so you avoid any disappointment. You can use bubble wrap for example or even a specific container.
Make sure that your items do not touch each other in the package, this is another way to avoid any breakage during transport. Some items are prohibited or regulated when sending by parcel, find all our information on prohibited goods.
Be careful with bottles! We do not recommend sending bottles in your packages. If you still wish to send bottles to France, Europe or internationally, please place them in specific and adapted compartments.
3- Protection wedging
This is to reduce empty spaces in order to prevent your items from moving in the parcel and to reduce the impact of any external shocks. We must therefore remember to wedge each object but also to fill all the empty spaces. Here are some examples of products you can use:
reinforced interior wedging
Depending on the items, you will need to adapt your wedging solution. For example, for bulky items, polystyrene beads should be avoided, or air cushions for protruding objects.
4- Secure or reinforce the parcel
The objective here is to secure and seal your parcel before shipping it. For this we advise you to use wide and very resistant adhesive tape. You can apply it in an H shape on the parcel to ensure its closure. Do not hesitate to reinforce the areas that need it (fragile corners, other openings ...). This is very important to prevent your parcel from opening during transport.
Please note: string, handles or flaps must be avoided. Check out the parcel rules
Your parcel is ready. All you have to do is stick on the transport label (be careful not to fold it, or hide the bar code), drop it off at a relay merchant or wait for a driver to come by for home collection. Do you have a MasterColis? We will explain everything to you.