One common office, or sometimes even personal, dilemma is how to effectively store or mail large delicate documents that supersede conventional parcel sizes. Surely you don't want to fold this document and cramp it into a fitting parcel size. What if it is a painting? How about architectural plans and blueprints? You surely wouldn't consider folding such sensitive documents and jamming them into a parcel for either storage or transportation purposes.
The best way to store large sensitive documents while eliminating the possibility of tears, wrinkles, smudges and similar ghastly marks would be to roll them up. This is where mailing tubes come in. Mailing tubes offer the luxury of rolling documents and storing them in this state for either mailing across state lines, or even international shipping, or simply storing them. The tubes help protect the documents from exposure to water, folding, crumpling, and other dangers that your sensitive document may encounter during storage or transportation. Some people even use these tubes to mail items like golf clubs and metallic accessories. There are three important things you need to consider when acquiring mailing tubes:
You have to measure your document and get the proper dimensions for an appropriate mailing tube. Too short a length and you may once again have to ruin your document edges due to insufficient space along the length. Too small a diameter and you present the risk of creases and other damages to your document as you try cram the document into the tube. Always measure your document dimensions when rolled and get mailing tubes with a little leeway beyond your dimensions.
Mailing tubes are constructed to withstand some force on the surface. The standard mailing tube is at least fiberboard or cardboard with a spiral wound design that confers strength. If you want water resistance, there are mailing tubes designed with moisture resistance layer surfaces that guard against rain, humidity, and other sources of moisture. There are also tubes specifically constructed for extra bulky material such as the golf-club mailing fellows.
While many tubes are mainly round, you will find several other designs such as triangular, square and even rectangular mailing tubes. Depending on your needs, you can choose the most appropriate shape as well.
Conventionally, most mailing tubes have caps on both ends that prevent items from falling. There are, however, those that feature a crimped end and a removable cap. These are thought to be less sturdy although effective when transporting or storing light material. The manner of closure should mostly be dictated by the storage conditions or transportation conditions if you are mailing something.