If you’re planning a snowboarding trip, don’t get caught lugging around your board any longer than you have to. It might seem like a good idea to bring your board along for the ride, but shipping it to your destination is the way to go. If you’ve never shipped a snowboard, there are a few things to consider. Let’s take a quick look at how to ship a snowboard.
- Find the correct box or shipping container.
Snowboards are unique due to their long, slender dimensions. That can make finding the appropriate box and packaging a struggle, but this is essential for proper protection. Many snowboard owners incorrectly use medium-duty boxes to cut costs, but we recommend using a heavy-duty box that’s a few inches longer than your snowboard, typically around 60 inches. Don’t forget to leave room for the bindings and bag if these are included in the shipment.
- Remove bindings from the snowboard.
Using a screwdriver, remove the bindings screwed to your board. This will make it easier for you to quickly and effectively wrap your board. You will wrap the bindings separately and insert into the box after the board is secured.
- Wrap the snowboard with mover’s wrap.
Mover’s wrap, or furniture wrap, is a tissue-like paper that provides an initial protective layer. This type of wrapping material is important because it won’t damage the exterior of your board. Start at the top of the board and work your way down.
- Add a layer of bubble wrap.
Repeat the same technique with bubble wrap, adding another layer of protection.
- Place a layer of foam on the bottom of the box.
The final protective measure before inserting the board into the box is adding a solid foam base to the box. This keeps the board from moving and protects the bottom of the board from drops or impacts during shipping.
- Insert the snowboard into the box or shipping container.
Once the snowboard is wrapped, carefully slide the snowboard into the box, making sure not to damage the edges of the box. The bottom of the board should be resting on the solid foam piece. Finally, slide the wrapped binding into the box.
- Fill the gaps with foam peanuts.
Lastly, you’ll add foam peanuts to fill any gaps left in the box. These keep the board from sliding or moving in any way during shipping. Once you’ve taped the box, you shouldn’t be able to hear or feel the snowboard or bindings move in the box.
Shipping a snowboard requires a close attention to detail and unique set of supplies. If you’d rather let shipping experts tackle the ins and outs of getting your snowboard to your destination, your local Pak Mail is ready to help. Our packing and shipping experts can pack and ship your board, giving you peace of mind at the lowest cost.