Shipping glass soda bottles is a risky business. Aside from the fact that the US Postal Service does not allow shipping such items, not properly packed glass soda bottles could end up in a pile of wet broken glass. However, there are ways to ship these items without worrying about getting broken or even exploding while in transit. The key is proper packing and using a reliable parcel delivery. Here are tips on how to properly pack and ship bottled soda:
Get an idea of what box to use by arranging the bottles a square on top of the table, leaving a few inches between bottles to give way for padding and packing materials. Take the dimensions with you when purchasing or looking for a sturdy shipping box.
Wrap each soda bottle individually with good 3-4 layers of bubble wrap. Use tape to secure the ends properly. Do not wrap the bottom of the bottle, as it needs to be able to stand flat in the box.
Lay a piece of Styrofoam board at the bottom of the box and arrange the bottles inside on top. Make sure to keep the wrapped bottles as close to each other as possible to minimize the movement and banging of the bottles into each other.
Fill in any empty spaces with packing peanuts, making sure that each bottle is well-cushioned and there is a layer of packing peanuts between the side of the box and the bottles. Fill the box all the way up with peanuts.
Close the box and seal with strong packaging tape and attach or write the address. Also write labels such as “Fragile” and “Handle with Care” on the sides of the box.
Take the package to your local courier or call them to arrange a pickup.