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Crating & Packing: When is a Crate Great?

Posted on Fri, Jun 01, 2018

Crating & Packing: When is a Crate Great?

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Beyond the Box

For most people, the thought of shipping typically conjures images of boxes. Though most consumers are familiar with sending boxes and many items can safely be transported in them, some objects need extra protection or special consideration during the shipping process.

Shipments sent as freight are commonly loaded onto pallets and transported with forklifts. Pallets are frequently stacked on top of one another and can get bumped. Boxes are often placed on conveyor belts. While this may not cause any issues for sturdier shipments, delicate items may be too fragile to transport in this manner when packaged only in a box. A box can be easily opened and resealed, which is not helpful for transporting extremely valuable goods. Heavy, large, or irregularly sized items may not fit in a box.

Fortunately, there is another shipping option that can be constructed to fit any size item while protecting and securing the shipment: crates!

What Makes Crates So Great?

Crates are strong, difficult to break into undetected, and can be custom designed to fit the dimensions of the product being sent. Crate building can often be done locally and is fairly inexpensive. Crating and packing makes the shipment sturdier than standard boxes and provides protection for fragile items inside, especially when goods are stacked on top or transported on pallets. In addition to being easily customizable, many crates are reusable. Listed below are a few examples of various items that are best shipped in crates:

 What Should You Ship in Crates?

  • Large Goods:  marble or glass table tops
  • Fragile Items: chandeliers (watch the process of Crating & Packing a chandelier), glass, china, and crystal
  • Irregularly Shaped Objects: large statues and sculptures
  • Expensive, Valuable, or Irreplaceable Articles: fine art, collections, and paintings


If your shipment does not fit any of the categories listed above, it is probably safe to ship in a box. It is important to consider the character of the shipment and the method of transport when deciding on a suitable packing container. Crate shipping is an excellent alternative to a standard shipping box when additional consideration is required to get a shipment to its destination safely and securely.

Please contact us if you would like more information about crating or boxing a shipment. 


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Semester Abroad & Junior Year Abroad – Shipping Options

Posted on Tue, Jul 24, 2012

 With many juniors both at the high school and college level spending their junior year abroad, parents need to address shipping options for their students posessions. 

Some students may be happy to travel for the entire year with a back pack and a suitcase. Most students need more than just a few items for an entire year. 

The majority require some sort of shipping for all of their  personal items. They also may want to ship a gift for the host family. Something that reprensents your family, community, or state is usually  a good idea. 

We offer a few suggestions.  

Ship some of the students belongings ahead of time via air.  The host family will then be able to set up the students bedroom in a welcoming manner. Sometimes families ship sheets or even just pillow cases along with clothing for the out of season items. In other words, if it is summer in the country your student will be studying in, send the winter clothes ahead of time.

 Some of the other items you may want to ship ahead of time, are personal pictures, books or other momentos from your home.

 While many students do opt for the junior year abroad, some students take the semester abroad option.

 For these students we recommend shipping ahead of time also.  The semester abroad option usually is best for students who are not yet ready to commit for an entire school year away from family and friends.  Setting up skype with the host family is a great option to stay in touch, yet afford your student time in a foreign country. 

 When students are returning home from their semester or year abroad, we have noticed an increase in students families  travelling to the host country to both meet and thank the family, and to travel before the students year abroad ends.

 We recommend leaving some space for purchases in the families suitcases.  Once again, the rest of the students posessions will be shipped home. 

For more information about shipping abroad for both students who study a semester abroad and students who study their junior year  abroad, please feel free to contact pack n send in Houston at 713 266 1450.

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