You will need:
- A strong plastic trash bag that will completely engulf the typewriter
- A roll of packing tape
- Some painters tape
- Some bubble wrap
- TWO sturdy boxes (one larger than the other)
- Packing peanuts
You can find sturdy boxes at many of the computer and office machine stores and they are usually happy to give them away. I have found that FedEx is the best for shipping heavy boxes, and certainly the easiest to work with when it comes to filing a damage claim. Do not forget to spend a couple of extra dollars and insure the machine for $500, to insure that they will take a little extra care with your treasure.
SECURING THE CARRIAGE
First, tie or tape the small plated levers that release the carriage so it floats freely back and forth. You do not want to ship the machine without the carriage in the released position because, if the machine receives a hard blow, or is dropped, the tiny teeth on the escapement gear will snap and the carriage will be rendered useless.
Tape the ribbons down and fill the type basket with bubble wrap.
Place the machine in the large plastic bag, and while centering the carriage, tape the machine in all four directions with many wraps of tape. You may need to enlist the help of someone to assist you while holding the carriage centered. You will have it taped enough when you can no longer move the carriage under the bag. Normally it takes about a half a roll of tape to get it secured. (I will not laugh if you over tape it, but you will be saddened if you do not tape it enough.)
PACKING THE FIRST BOX
Your first heavy box should have at least 2 to 3 inches of clearance around all sides of the typewriter, especially the carriage end knobs.
Pour a few inches of foam peanuts in the bottom of the box and then shake the box for a minute or so until the foam settles.
Place the typewriter on the bed of peanuts. Fill the box with foam peanuts and continue to shake the box until the peanuts will not settle any more. At this time add more so that the box looks too full.
You will know if you have enough peanuts in the box if you need assistance holding the box flaps down so you can tape it closed.
PACKING THE SECOND BOX
Now, and MOST IMPORTANT, put this first box into a second one that will allow the same amount of clearance as the first box, remembering that you will need to have peanuts around all six sides of the box.
If you feel that the box can be dropped from 6 feet without the carriage ends being damaged, then you have done a good job of packing.
Just imagine a bowling ball in a box of foam peanuts. After rolling around in the box for an hour or two, most of the peanuts will be flattened and there would not be any protective padding left. This is why it is so important to double box the machine as it keeps the heavy typewriter from crushing all of the peanuts.