Packing vinyl records for shipping is an important task when you’re getting ready to send them off to a new home. Sending records through the mail can be tricky if you don’t do it correctly, and even using a quality record player carrying case may not be enough to ensure that they arrive safely.
How to Pack Vinyl Records for Shipping [ Step by Step Guide]
To pack your vinyl records for shipping, start by gathering your packing materials. You will need:
-Several sheets of bubble wrap
-Packing peanuts or other loose fill material
-A sturdy box
-Records (of course!)
Now that you have all of your materials, it’s time to start packing! Here’s how to do it:
- Start by wrapping each record individually in bubble wrap. Make sure to cover the entire record, including the labels. You can use as much or as little bubble wrap as you’d like, but we recommend at least 3-4 layers per record.
- Once all of your records are wrapped, start filling the bottom of your box with packing peanuts or other loose fill material. This will help to cushion your records in the box and prevent them from getting damaged during shipping.
- Next, place a layer of bubble wrap on top of your packing material to give your records an extra layer of protection. Don’t forget to cover the edges and sides of the box as well! You may also want to add a second layer of packing peanuts or other fill material on top of this layer for even more cushioning.
- Now it’s time to start stacking your records in the box! Put any heavy or awkwardly shaped records towards the bottom, and order lighter ones near the top so that you don’t have too many stacks concentrated in one area of the box. Stack your records snugly against each other with plenty of space in between, but don’t leave so much room that they can move around freely.
- Once you have all of your records stacked into the box, fill any remaining spaces with additional packing peanuts or loose fill material until it is tightly packed. Now, close up your box and seal it with packaging tape – be sure that none of your records are sticking out at all!
- Finally, write “FRAGILE” on the outside of the box in big letters to let the post office know that your records need extra care during shipping. Then, go ahead and send them off to a new home!
If you want to pack your vinyl records for shipping correctly and safely, follow these steps and you’ll be sure to have success. With a little bit of care and attention, your records will arrive safe and sound at their destination – ready to be enjoyed again!