Problems can occur when people feel they are under pressure and become anxious,
moving is a stressful time, but take a deep breath and try to relax and think
carefully using your common sense and you should be fine.
The following guide should help you with packing and to avoid some common
If your shipment includes your own box/bag/suitcase, there is no problem with
this though there are a few points you should check to avoid difficulties while
your goods are in transit.
We will be sending you labels to be attached to each item being shipped, it can
be difficult to get anything to stick to bags and suitcases and without the
labels your bag becomes anonymous and difficult to trace.
The following tips may help:
- Use luggage tags showing VOOVit.com
- If you have VOOVit tape put this around the handle or
anywhere it is likely to stick, even with only this "clue" the item should find
its way back to our offices rather than be left in lost property.
- In addition to sticking the labels to the item wrap the
whole bag in cling film and then tape over that to hold it in place.
- Write destination details and VOOVit.com in pen or chalk
on each item.
If you are using your own box, is it strong enough?
The table below may help you choose the most suitable carton material. The
letters gsm are the standard measurement for paper/card thickness. We also
recommend an inner cushioning lining of at least 50mm as further protection
A compensation claim for damage of contents will be deemed invalid if the parcel
is inadequately packed or if the inner and outer packaging is not retained for
|Weight of Contents
||Grade of Carton
|Up to 5kg
|5kg - 10kg
|10kg - 15kg
||150gsm double wall
||200gsm double wall
|25kg - 30kg
||300gsm double wall
VOOVit boxes are 300gsm double wall
Storage company boxes are usually 150-200 gsm, fine for storage and okay for
transit so long as you are aware of the weight limitations of the box.
It is rare for any item to be lost but invariably it is customers own boxes, bags
or suitcases that have the most problems and a little extra care at this stage
will go along way to help.
- Perishable goods.
- Foodstuffs of any description.
- Liquids including alcohol(they may leak and damage other items).
- Hazardous materials such as paint, matches, aerosol cans, gas canisters or other
- Firearms and ammunition.
- Plants or soil samples of any kind.
- Tobacco or similar products.
- Non-prescription drugs or medicines.
- Corrosives and explosives.
- Pornography of any description.
You should be aware of local regulations at your destination that may restrict
the importationof certain items in addition to those listed on this page or
possessionof which may require examination and approval by a customs official
before entry will be allowed, in most cases additional costs will be incurredfor
such an examination.
A full list of prohibited items can be found here.
If unsure please check with us prior to packing.
Some Do's and Don'ts of packing
- Pack as much as you can as early as you can. Don't leave
it until your last few days!
- Pack boxes firmly to prevent the contents from shifting
during your move.
- Distribute weight evenly amongst boxes. Keep the weight
under 30kg per box.
- Don't put all of your books in one box, it is likely to
be too heavy.
- Pack records and CDs vertically in boxes. Don't stack
- You can use towels or clothes as padding to protect
- Tape all of the seams on your boxes.
- Wrap each item in the box individually. This takes a
little longer, but offers better protection when there's no movement of
contents. Use at least 5cms of padding between each item.
- Seal the box well. Make an ‘H' seal with the VOOVit tape
we send to you or any reinforced carton tape on both the top, bottom and edges
of your package. Ordinary household adhesive tape isn't usually strong enough.
- When transporting electrical items - e.g. laptops, DVD
players etc - please make sure that they have the original manufacturer's
transport screws properly secured to ensure that elements/components do not
- Shipping a computer.
- Backup Your Data.
- Be sure to back up all of your important files and programs. Store the backup
disks with your original program disks and keep in a secure container. Remove
all floppy diskettes, cd-roms, tapes, etc. (Some older computers will have hard
disk head parking utilities. If so, park the hard disk drive.)
- Shut Down and Disconnect.
- Shutdown your computer before turning it off or unplugging any cables.
- Carefully unplug all power cables.
- Carefully unplug all cables to peripheral devices.
- Make note as to what devices the cables were plugged into by writing it on a
piece of masking tape and attaching the tape to the cable.
- Carefully move the monitor (for packing) as it can be heavy and awkward to move.
- Disconnect the printer and remove ink cartridges, laser cartridge, or ribbon.
Unplug and mark the cables as noted above.
- PROTECT THE COMPUTER EQUIPMENT AGAINST PHYSICAL JARRING AND SHOCK.
- The original box your computer and peripheral devices came in is the best choice
for packing for your move. The rigid Styrofoam or formed cardboard packing
material will hold the equipment securely in place.
Do not exceed 30kg in each box
If you can't pick the box up and carry it - it is too heavy!