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Learn2 Package Fragile Items (continued)
Step 2: Choose your packing materials

There's three basic packing materials that seem to be widely available: foam "peanuts" (choose the biodegradable kind, please), popcorn, and newspaper.

  • Foam "peanuts" are generally the best material: they are quite resilient, and absorb shock well. They also "pour" well into odd-shaped areas.

  • Popcorn (air-popped) is a nice, environmentally friendly packing material. It's cheap, and absorbs shock almost as well as the "peanuts." It's not as resilient, though, and is generally best used once.

  • Newspaper, when crumpled into semi-tight balls, works almost as well as the other two materials. It's the cheapest of all, if you have old ones lying around, and it's interesting to unpack a box years later and read about old happenings. It is not very resilient, though, and is adversely affected by humid storage.


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