Artwork — apply masking tape in a criss-cross pattern on the glass surface to prevent glass from splintering.

Photos and Posterboard —tape flat items onto a rigid material like plywood, plastic or layers of fibreboard padding. Or place them between pieces of corrugated pad and tape pads together at all the seams.

Undeveloped Film — prominently mark packages with undeveloped film.

Stringed Musical Instruments — loosen the tension on the strings to remove the stress on the neck of the instrument.

Printed Matter — bundle printed material together to prevent shifting. Cushion well before packing into a double-walled corrugated outer box.

Rolled Goods — tightly wrap rolled goods using several layers of heavy-duty plastic film or kraft paper and wrap with plastic packing tape. Then wrap the address label completely around the object or use a pouch.

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