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When Should You Use Thick Bubble Wrap?

Updated on November 25, 2012
Thick bubble wrap compared to thin bubble wrap. You can combine them to combine the benefits that each offer.
Thick bubble wrap compared to thin bubble wrap. You can combine them to combine the benefits that each offer. | Source

Thick Bubble Wrap

I have written many hubs on packing materials but today I am writing about thick bubble wrap. Thick bubble wrap is relatively affordable and great for use when shipping the right items. This type of bubble wrap has large bubbles which means that they are more vulnerable to popping from squishing or puncturing. Remember when buying them to shop around because quality matters and you get what you pay for with bubble wrap.

Thick bubble wrap is great for certain items but not for all.
Thick bubble wrap is great for certain items but not for all. | Source

What Is It Used For?

Thick bubble wrap is best when you are shipping a medium or light weighted item which requires a lot of fill or padding around it. A heavier item might require thin bubble wrap or foam and a lighter, non fragile item might only need air pillows. A good example of an item to use thick bubble wrap for would be a tennis racquet or perhaps a desk lamp. It could also be used for fill because it will be cheaper than thin bubble wrap and lighter than newspaper.

What Are The Benefits To Using It?

I would consider thick bubble wrap to be the poor man's air pillow packing alternative. For many uses, you would be better off using air pillows. One reason to use thick bubble wrap is that it is easier and you can sometimes get it for free. Air pillows are a large up front investment and are a bit more vulnerable to popping. Thick bubble wrap is good for if you want to ship a light item more safely than air pillows can ensure. Thick bubble wrap makes for a better fill than thin bubble wrap, but offers less support.

What Is It Not Good For?

Thick bubble wrap is not good for shipping heavy items because the bubble are more likely to pop than thin bubble wrap. This shipping method is also not good for books, as you should only use corrugated cardboard wrap, or "b-flute" for short. Thick bubble wrap should also not be used on sharp objects because it is more likely to get destroyed than thin bubble wrap or other methods. Air pillows are superior for shipping the same type of items if they are not fragile.

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      Nancy Yager 

      6 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      If you are trying to save money, you might want to ask some local businesses to save you their used bubble wrap and peanuts.


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