Packing Tips

Our years of experience and customer feedback has allowed us to compile the following packing tips. If you have additional questions, please check out our FAQs or contact us for more information.

Shipping a Duffel Bag

  • Once the bag is packed, remove shoulder straps and put inside the bag.  This will prevent bags from getting caught or hung up on conveyor belts.
  • For added security, run a zip tie through zipper and closest loop so they cannot be unzipped.
  • If you are shipping something inside the duffel that is hard or sharp sided, wrap clothing or linens around the object.  This will help minimize potential damage to the item and reduce the risk of puncture to the outer bag.
  • Remember, NO cash, jewelry, laptops, cell phones, things with high intrinsic value (art), live or dead animals and no food.  When shipping toiletries, make sure they are housed in an outer sealable plastic container or zip top plastic bag.  We don’t want your belongings to get soiled.
  •  Make sure you attach the address and shipping labels provided.  If you want to add other identifying name tags, go ahead.
  • Remove all previous shipping labels (airline, FedEx, UPS, etc.) that may be on the bag.    
  • Do not over stuff a bag.  If you are struggling to get a zipper closed, chances are you are trying to put too much in too small a space.  While duffel bags may look rugged, they are only as strong as their stitching and zipper. You’re better off buying a bigger bag or a second bag.    
  • If the Length + (2 x Width) + (2 x Height) of your packed bag exceeds 130”, it is considered oversize and carries a $72.50 surcharge.   IMPORTANT:  Duffels are soft sided and items shift in a bag. A bag that was 45” x 22” x 20” = 129” could end up measuring 43” x 23” x 21’ =131”!    

Filling a Camp Shippers Box

  • To get the most out of your Camp Shippers box “flat pack” as many items as possible.  Instead of folding items, layer them unfolded, evenly patterned starting across the bottom of the box, working your way to the top.  You’ll be amazed at how much you can actually fit. 
  • Remember, NO cash, jewelry, laptops, cell phones, things with a high intrinsic value (art), live or dead animals and no foods.   When shipping toiletries make sure they are housed in an outer sealable plastic container or zip top plastic bag.  We don’t want your belongings to get soiled.
  • While Camp Shippers will do everything to ensure each Camp Shippers box remains upright, boxes should be packed so that the box could tumble 360 degrees at any point.
  • Items shift while in transit and could damage the contents inside, as well as the outer box.  Reduce the amount of open space in the box by wedging soft surface items like clothing, pillows, sleeping bags, linens, etc. in open spaces.
  • Evenly disperse weight in the box. Do not concentrate too much weight in one area.
  • Use the shipping tape provided in the box kit generously when assembling the box.  This is a special tape designed to work with the style and maximum weight of a Camp Shippers box.  We’ll supply extra tape for the shipments going home so don’t hold back.  Do not use Cloth or Masking tape.
  • Make sure you do not exceed the 145 lb maximum per box.