How to correctly pack pallets

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How to correctly pack pallets
Pallets create a flat surface for shipping large amounts of materials. (dumpster and pallet image by Lucid_Exposure from

Pallets are slatted wooden platforms used in the shipment of bulk materials. Pallets lift the shipping materials off the ground to prevent damage and dirt contamination. Packing a pallet properly prevents items from slipping during transportation and being damaged. An improperly packed pallet may break, causing injury to the person moving the materials. Using stretch film and stacking materials in the correct manner also saves the shipper money by ensuring her materials reach their destination safely.

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Things you need

  • Less stretch film
  • Utility knife

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  1. 1

    Pack all of your materials in boxes. Fill the boxes so that they are as full as possible without being too heavy to lift. Use appropriate box sizes for the materials you are shipping. Large boxes with small amounts of materials inside will be crushed.

  2. 2

    Place the largest, heaviest boxes onto the pallet first. Stack them so that they are top-up, and so that they fill the entire area of the pallet. Stack like-sized boxes next to each other to provide a surface for the next layer.

  3. 3

    Continue stacking, placing the next heaviest set of boxes on the second layer.

  4. 4

    Continue stacking boxes until the pallet is packed chest high. Do not stack higher than that or you will increase the likelihood that the boxes will shift. Lifting boxes above chest height also increases the chance of injury.

  5. 5

    Pull a length of less stretch film from the roll and tie it around one of the pallet corners.

  6. 6

    Walk around the pallet with the film roll in hand and the other end tied to the pallet. Wrap the pallet moving from the bottom of the pallet to the top with the wrap. Walk twice around the pallet, pulling the wrap as tight as possible to keep the boxes from moving.

  7. 7

    Cut the wrap at the top of the pallet and slide the loose end into a fold of the wrap to hold it in place.

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