Archive for July, 2010

Wrap a Package in Bubble Wrap

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Roll of Bubble Wrap

Good ol' Bubble Wrap

Did you know there was a right and wrong way to wrap a package using Bubble Wrap?

When wrapping a package of delicate contents up in Bubble Wrap, the correct method is to direct the bubbles inwards, towards the package.

Right and wrong way to use Bubble Wrap

The wrong (Left) and right (Right) way to use Bubble Wrap

The surface of Bubble Wrap is made up of semi-spherical pockets of air separated by uniform distance.  Importantly, these bubbles only appear on one face of the Bubble Wrap sheet. The opposite face is completely flat. This feature provides the Bubble Wrap with malleability, whilst maintaining its layer of air cushioning.

If you were to lay the Bubble Wrap on a flat surface with its bubbles facing downwards, the Bubble Wrap would not make full contact with the surface. If you were to lay the Bubble Wrap with its bubbles facing upwards, the Bubble Wrap would make complete contact.

Each side of the Bubble Wrap

Sides without (Left) and with (Right) bubbles

The idea is that when the package you have wrapped correctly in Bubble Wrap comes into contact with another object, the force is distributed evenly over the packing, thereby reducing potential damage, no matter where the point of contact is. If wrapped incorrectly and an object was to impact a point between the bubbles, then the force will remain concentrated on that point, and the risk of damage is greater.

Fun fact: 2010 marks the 50th anniversary of Bubble Wrap

Unaccompanied Baggage – Send Your Luggage Cheaply

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Unaccompanied Baggage

Unaccompanied Baggage is becoming increasingly cost-effective

Unaccompanied baggage is luggage that is transported in an aircraft without a passenger. It is checked with an airway bill as cargo and is typically delivered to the end destination using a shipping firm. Unaccompanied baggage is becoming one of the best ways for thrifty passengers to save money while traveling.

Since the Global Financial Crisis has wreaked havoc on the industry, airlines have been looking for new ways to increase profits. One of these strategies has been to greatly increase the cost of carry-on and checked-in luggage. This can lead to an unfortunate shock when you arrive at the airport only to find you are slightly over the weight limit for your flight.

Flying is definitely one activity where it pays to plan – and organising your luggage is no exception. By planning ahead and organising your excess items to be taken via a shipping service offering unaccompanied luggage, you can save quite a deal of money on your next journey.

With the increase in demand for Unaccompanied Baggage services, naturally there are a number of different shipping firms fighting for your business. Some things to remember when thinking about sending your luggage unaccompanied with a shipping company are:

  • Don’t send anything you wouldn’t ordinarily take with you via checked-in luggage. Your item will still need to clear customs, so pay attention to things like food, plant material, flammable liquids and legally ambiguous items.
  • Research the unaccompanied luggage restrictions for the source / destination country as well as the shipping company itself. Certain companies will restrict the kinds of items they will accept as unaccompanied luggage based on the country. For example, a lot of companies are very strict about what they will and will not ship into/out-of America after the introduction of post September 11 shipping laws.
  • Choose only reputable companies to handle your items. There are a lot of larger companies from other freight-centred industries now offering this service. It’s worth paying a little extra to go with a reputable company.

So remember next time you fly – it pays to be prepared.