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When Should You Use Thin Bubble Wrap?

Updated on November 26, 2012
Thin bubble wrap is excellent for some things but less than ideal for others.
Thin bubble wrap is excellent for some things but less than ideal for others. | Source

Thin Bubble Wrap

I have written many hubs on packing material but today I am writing about thin bubble wrap. Thin bubble wrap is a very affordable and effective packing material if used correctly. It has a lot of small bubbles and the bubble are thin and offer relatively little cushion compared to larger bubbles. Some brands are better than others, so it is important to shop around. You almost always get what you pay for.

There are many types of bubble wrap as you can see. Each serve their own unique purpose.
There are many types of bubble wrap as you can see. Each serve their own unique purpose. | Source

What Is It Used For?

Thin bubble wrap is excellent when you are shipping something that is very heavy but not quite heavy enough to justify using foam spray or foam blocks. A good example of something that you would use thin bubble wrap for would be an antique fan. I recently shipped an antique fan which was over 25 pounds. It was a very heavy old tank fan from the turn of the century. This fan had a lot of fragile parts and so it required having a lot of space between itself and the box.

What Are The Benefits To Using It?

The benefit to using thin bubble wrap is that you have tons of little bubbles which take up very little space. These bubbles are all connected and can be wrapped around very tight. Because of this, if a few bubbles pop it won't make much of a difference. Imagine what would happen with thick bubble wrap, or worse yet, air pillows! Thin bubble wrap is beneficial because it will keep everything tight and there is very little risk to it becoming compacted like packing peanuts.

What Is It Not Good For?

Thin bubble wrap is not good as a filler material. If you have a large abundance of it then I could see using it as filler, although larger bubble wrap, air pillows, and sometimes even newspaper would be superior. Thin bubble wrap is not good for shipping books. Books are always best shipped with corrugated cardboard wrap, or "b-flute" for short.

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