How to Ship Liquids Safely

Things You'll Need

  • Box

  • Protective filler such as bubble wrap

  • Packing tape

Mailing liquids, creams or any items that can spill or leak can be a little tricky. That's not to say you can't send your sick grandma some homemade chicken soup. You just have to take a few precautions to make sure the item is as secure as possible as well as sealed inside.

Step 1

Use a bigger box than you need.

Step 2

Secure the tops of the containers. Before packing liquid items, tape the tops closed. Tape the lids both over the top and around the screw-on area.

Step 3

Place containers in sealable plastic bags.

Step 4

Fill the extra space with cushioning such as bubble wrap, packing peanuts, shredded paper and crumpled newspaper. Securely tape every seam on the box.

Step 5

Label the package. When mailing liquids, the U.S. Postal Service requires you label and identify the contents on the outside of your package.

Step 6

Don't drop your package in the mail. Go to the post office and hand it off to a clerk.