Guide to packing your clothes for shipping

A stack of clothes ready for packing

Packing your clothes for shipping might seem pretty straightforward at first glance. You pick the clothes you want to ship, pack them up, and place them in a box. Nothing more to it, right? Well, not quite. As you will soon learn, if you want to ship your clothes properly, there are a couple of things that you need to take care of. Luckily, we are here to give you all the necessary info for you to ensure the safety of your clothes throughout shipping. So, without further ado, here is how to pack your clothes for shipping.

How to pack your clothes for shipping

Before we get into the dos and don’ts of shipping clothes, it is important to note why it is important to pack them properly. Clothes may seem durable, especially when you put them together. But it can be surprisingly easy to damage or ruin during shipments. Keep in mind that bad weather, moisture, and mishandling can easily ruin your clothes. And, apart from hiring a reliable shipping company, packing is one of the most important ways of handling these issues. So, make sure to tackle it properly in order to ensure the safety of your clothes.

Sorting your clothes

Before you actually start packing your clothes for shipping, we suggest that you sort them out. This will give you a clear idea of how many clothing items you need to pack and how many boxes you will need to do so. In fact, not sorting your clothes is one of the most common mistakes people make when storing winter clothes. Unfortunately, there is not any set way in which you should sort your clothes, as they can vary greatly on what types of clothes you have. But, we do suggest that you consider how fragile your items are and how much room they take up. Also, consider making an inventory list while you pack.

A girl writing something in a pink notebook.

By making an inventory list you will make packing your clothes for shipping a whole lot easier.

Once you need to check your items, you will be far more efficient by going down a list. So, do yourself a favor and make one.

Finding the right packing supplies

With your inventory list at your side, you can proceed to go out and get some packing supplies. Most people opt for using cardboard boxes for their clothes, as they provide the necessary protection from moisture and relative safety. If you want to ship more expensive or sensitive clothes, you can opt for plastic containers. They are practically waterproof and can pretty much guarantee the safety of your clothes. But, they are usually more expensive, which is why cardboard boxes remain the most common choice.

Proper packing

There are two ways you can go about packing your clothes for shipping. You can either pack them as you would for your closet, or you can choose to roll them up. Either of these is viable, which is why you need to consider your clothes first. Packing pieces that should be kept on hangers can be difficult while packing sweatshirts and jeans is pretty simple.

A stack of packed up jeans with glasses on them

Certain clothes are simply easier to pack than others.

If you are shipping your clothes locally, you can assume that they will stay in good condition and that a person can wear them as soon as they arrive. But, if it is a long-distance shipment that takes days, the person who receives them will probably have to wash them. In that case, it won’t matter much if your clothes become crumbled up.

Using packing supplies

If you want to add an extra layer of safety to your clothes, you can wrap them up with plastic. This will provide an additional amount of protection from moisture, which can be quite useful if you suspect that your clothes will be transported through rainy areas. But, know that this is just a small amount of added protection. Your boxes and the quality of your shipping company should be your primary source of safety.

Using vacuum bags

Vacuum bags are definitely an option to consider when packing your clothes for shipping. With quality bags, you can pretty much make your clothes waterproof, along with substantially reducing their volume. These things make them ideal for storing clothes in self-storage units. The downside is similar to using plastic containers: you will have a hard time getting your vacuum bags back. If you have an option to get them back (either you are shipping them to a friend or you plan on unpacking yourself) you should definitely consider using them.

A woman using a vacuum bag showing you how to deal with packing your clothes for shipping.

Vacuum bags can be a great option if you have a way to get them back.

Clothes as wrapping supplies

If you are shipping items besides clothes, you can consider using clothes as wrapping supplies. Thick clothing items like woollen sweaters provide a surprising amount of protection from both moisture and from physical impact. On the other hand, cotton clothing items like T-shirts are great for mitigating vibrations and keeping your items clean. So, if you are transporting fragile items along with your clothes, consider using your sturdy clothing items as wrapping.

A final tip to keep in mind when packing your clothes for shipping

For our final piece of advice, we are simply going to emphasize what we’ve already mentioned. And that is that in order to ship your clothes with safety and efficiency, you need to find a good shipping company to help you out, especially if you plan on relocating. A lot of inexperienced shipping companies regard clothes as impervious to damage. But, while they are quite resilient compared to other items, they most definitely can get damaged. Unfortunately, packing your clothes for shipping is not enough to fully protect them, as someone will have to handle those packed boxes. So, it is up to you to ensure that the person handling them is reliable and trustworthy.

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