Place your film and photos in a container
Then place them in the box you are going to ship them in.
If you have groups, make sure that they are secure and will not shift if the box is shaken en route. You can order archival storage boxes ahead of time to pack your order in, or you can use one of the creative temporary solutions show in the column on the right.
If you do pack your film and photos into one of these temporary solutions, we recommend that you also think about purchasing archival storage to place your photos and film in as they are being scanned. That way, your film and photos return to you protected and ready to store.
This is how we organize your photos
Use a sturdy box that won't crush easily
Your local post office provides priority mail cardboard boxes free of charge and they work very well. FedEx also provides boxes free of charge at any local Kinko's or FedEx shipping retailer.
Wrap your photos and film in plastic
A Ziploc® bag or a plastic garbage bag will help protect them against moisture and dust.
Also, Please Avoid Doing the Following:
Avoid using packing materials that generate dust or debris
Some padded envelopes use crushed newspaper and if they tear that dust may get on your photos and film.
Don't write on the back of your photos with magic marker, ink, or crayon
It will transfer to the front of the photo behind it when you stack them.
Don't package a photo to look like the packing materials
Make it easy for us to know what is important and what is discardable when we open your package. Sometimes we find a single oversized print sandwiched between two sheets of cardboard then all of the extra cardboard is used as packing material. It would be easy to overlook. If something isn't obvious, please make it obvious with a marker or a note that we'll see when opening the package.