5 Tips to Shipping Items That Need to be Refrigerated

Are your family members from another state clamoring for your special homemade chocolate cake? Or perhaps you want to send cookies or other homemade food to someone who is far away. It might not have been possible to do that, decades ago, but now you can ship a lot of refrigerated items to far places.

But you need to make sure you do enough research so that your package or packages will get to its destination in perfect condition. Take a look at the tips below so that the process can go smoothly.

1.    Schedule the shipping on the right day – as much as possible, never schedule to deliver a package at the end of the week. If you decide to have it shipped during the weekend, there is a high possibility that it will just stay at the warehouse for the weekend, which means it will not be fresh when it gets delivered.

2.    Make sure you choose the right material to package the items – it’s important that the proper materials are used when packing your items. First of all, the perishable goods must be put into airtight containers so that it will not be exposed and spoil quickly. You can use Tupperware or you can vacuum seal some items such as meat. After that, make sure you have a Styrofoam cooler that can insulate the items inside. If you are shipping a lot of items like if you have a business or the like, you will need to look into getting refrigerated shipping containers such as the ones available at ABC Refrigerated Shipping Containers in Perth.

3.    Choose cooling materials to keep the goods fresh – now if you are shipping items that have been refrigerated or frozen, you cannot send them without putting any cooling material so that they keep the same temperature and will not get spoiled. For items that have been refrigerated, you can use gel packs while frozen items can have dry ice instead. You can also use a combination of both which is proven to be more effective. It’s important to use the right amount, and you will need to calculate just how much time your items will be in transit so that you can make sure that the gel packs or dry ice will not have thawed right away.

4.    Learn how to package the goods correctly – no matter how right your tools and materials are, you must know how to package the items correctly. Put the cooling materials at the bottom of the Styrofoam box, then put the airtight containers which have the items then on top put more cooling materials. Then place it in the box along with some bubble wrap or packing peanuts.

5.    Choose a service that will ensure fast shipping – even if you’ve managed to choose the right materials and packaged your goods perfectly, it would be futile if the goods are not shipped fast.  The longest it should probably take is two or three days. Longer than that and the perishable goods would start to spoil and will no longer be enjoyable to consume. There are companies that ensure they can get the package delivered within a short amount of time so choose companies that offer that.

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