How to Pack Vinyl Records for Shipping

When you're shipping a large number of vinyl records to another country, the main concern is how to pack them together safely in order to avoid damage by postal processing machines or by rough handling during delivery. The following instructions will show you how to add sufficient cushioning so that the records arrive at their destination safe and sound.

Steps

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    Cross two pieces of bubble wrap that are as wide as the records and three and a half times as long. Put 20-22 records on top of the center, where the two pieces of bubble wrap cross.
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    Fold the bubble wrap over the records and secure with tape.
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    Cut four pieces of cardboard approximately 4" x 6" (10cm x 15 cm). Fold them twice and tape the ends together to make four sturdy corner protections.
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    Place the bubble-wrapped records into the record mailer and insert the four protective corners.
    • Corner detail:
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    Fill in the extra space with newspaper.
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    Close the record mailer and secure it with a generous amount of tape.

Tips

  • The key to success is to stuff the parcel very tightly: when hit with the palm of your hand, should sound like a ripe watermelon
  • If you're using USPS M-Bags to ship up to 66 lbs / 30kg of vinyl records overseas, you can put up to five of these parcels into one USPS M-Bag (US only).

Things You'll Need

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  • 20 LP record mailer; try your local postal store or an office stationery store
  • two pieces of bubble wrap approx. 1 x 3 feet / 30.5 centimeter (12.0 in) x 91 centimeter (35.8 in) each
  • scissors
  • 2"/ 5 centimeter (2.0 in) wide adhesive tape
  • old newspaper
  • piece of cardboard

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Categories: Music