If you’ve been studying or working overseas, chances are that when the time comes to going back home, you are going to face the heartbreaking decision on what you need to do about your books. Of course, there are books that you would rather not look at for the rest of your life (like that particular text book of your least favorite subject), and some books you feel generous enough about donating. Those are easy enough to get rid of.
But if you are the kind who reads excessively, and are not prepared to give them up when you have to go back home, it’s probably time you figured out how to get your books back home safety and successfully.
While some countries provide affordable airmail facilities for books, more often than not, mailing a large quantity of books is not going to be economically friendly. In our opinion, shipping them is the wisest choice when you need to get your books home safely.
Here’s how to get it done.
Choosing the method of sending.
While it’s quite easy to ship a box full of books, when it comes to a larger quantity, opt for using shipping containers for a safer delivery. Since shipping containers come in various sizes, you can find the perfect size that suits your requirements. There are used shipping containers for sale, which means you don’t have to pay as much for them.
Contact your local shipping companies to find out if there are used shipping containers for sale in Sydney.
Protecting your books.
This needs to be done carefully.
Sandwich each book between two pieces of cardboard (clean and precisely the same size as your book. Now wrap them in paper (newspaper or brown paper works well) including the cardboard outer cover and tape them securely in place.
And now to protect it from water, wrap it in plastic (plastic bags, saran wrap or even freezer zip-lock bags work well here).
If the books are very delicate, consider wrapping it with bubble wrap to minimize impact damage.
Packing your books.
Find a sturdy box, or several boxes, large enough to hold your books. As they can get heavy, it’s better to have several small boxes as opposed to one large box. This will make it easier for you to transport them into your container. Line the bottom of it with crumpled plastic bag, giving them padding and waterproofing it further. Carefully place each book inside with the spines facing upwards and fill in the gaps at the sides and top. Again, you can use plastic bags, newspapers and even bubble wrap here for extra padding and protection.
Now all that’s left for you to do, is to tape your boxes firmly, and you are ready to send your books home.