Packing an item correctly prior to shipping it is essential to ensuring the item will arrive at its destination unharmed. Proper packaging helps to absorb shock and to protect its contents from moisture and other damage. If packaging materials get damaged, it doesn't mean they still can't be used. Cardboard, styrofoam and other materials can be quickly repaired so that they will still be effective in packaging and protecting your goods. Repairing packaging just takes a little bit of time.
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Push any broken pieces of styrofoam together to fit them back together. You will be taping them, but if you need a more aesthetic solution, apply an non-porous adhesive to the two sections before pushing them together so the glue will form a bond. Avoid using glues with solvents since they will dissolve the styrofoam.
Wrap duct tape around the damaged sections of styrofoam cushion to hold the pieces together if you are not using glue. The duct tape can also provide additional support for the adhesive if you don't mind its appearance.
Fit the item into the repaired styrofoam cushion and slide the block into your box.
Apply packing tape to the edges of the box to strengthen them. Apply patches of packing tape to any tears or weakened portions of the box. Duct tape is not effective for this since the Post Office will not ship a box that has too much duct tape on it. The tape needs to be clear, which makes packing tape ideal for this. Brown paper tape is also allowed but is not as sturdy for package repairs.
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