Need to move your precious snowboard across the country?
Or maybe you’ve sold it and need to send it to the buyer?
Let’s talk about how to ship a snowboard.
Shipping a snowboard requires proper packaging, selecting the right shipping method, and considering insurance options. Careful handling and ensuring the snowboard's safety during transit are key.
Looking for a little more detail? Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to ship a snowboard securely.
How To Ship A Snowboard
Step 1: Gather The Necessary Packaging Materials
- A sturdy snowboard bag or box
- Bubble wrap, Packing paper, Foam padding
- Zip ties
- Packing tape
Ensure the packaging materials are in good condition or they might not provide adequate protection.
Step 2: Clean and Protect Your Board
Take off the bindings and pack them separately. Remove any dirt or old wax. Apply a new layer of wax to the base (rub-on wax will do). Wrap it in a soft cloth or bubble wrap to safeguard it from scratches and dings.
Step 3: Prepare Your Snowboard for Packaging
Place the snowboard in a snowboard bag or cardboard box. Make sure the the tips and edges are well covered (vulnerable areas).
If you don’t have a large enough box, you can cut open smaller boxes and tape them along the edges.
For extra security, follow The Burrito method below.
Step 4: Add Extra Padding
Add more padding around the snowboard. Place foam padding or packing paper between the board and the bag/box walls. Fill any empty spaces with additional padding to prevent movement and absorb shocks.
Step 5: Secure The Packaging
Seal the snowboard bag or box securely using packing tape. Double-check for any loose ends or openings. For added security, use zip ties to further secure the bag or box, preventing accidental opening (optional).
Step 6: Select a Shipping Method
Consider the available shipping options (more on this later). Depending on the distance, urgency, and budget, choose a reliable shipping company that specializes in handling sports equipment. Confirm if they offer tracking services – always add these if they’re available.
Step 7: Insure Your Snowboard
Another “optional” step but trust me – it’s worth it. Check with the shipping company or consider third-party insurance if needed.
Step 8: Label and Address the Package
Clearly label the package with the shipping address and your contact details. Include any necessary labels such as “Fragile” or “Handle with care”. I like to wrap mine in a bunch of fragile tape.
Step 9: Drop Off or Schedule a Pickup
Ensure you have all the necessary documents, such as shipping labels or receipts.
Step 10: Track and Receive Your Board
Monitor the tracking info. Once your snowboard arrives at its destination, inspect it carefully for any damage. If there are any issues, contact the shipping company immediately to initiate a claim.
How To Package Your Snowboard For Transportation - The Burrito Method
Packing up a snowboard can be tricky. To get started, you will need the following:
- 1 medium-sized moving box
- 1 utility knife
- 1 roll of packing tape
- Bubble wrap, or material to pad your snowboard – this is important for protecting the surface of your board.
To wrap your snowboard, follow these simple steps:
- Grab your box, slice down one edge or corner of the box, moving from top to bottom. This allows you to open up the box and unfold it. You should now have a flat cardboard sheet.
- Lay out a layer of bubble wrap, and wrap this all the way around your snowboard – be generous here.
- Secure the bubble wrap in place with lots of tape. Lay the board on the box.
- Carefully fold the outside of the box around the outside of your snowboard, and secure it with lots of packing tape. This will protect your snowboard while it’s being transported – always use a little extra tape than you think you need.
- If there are any unfilled spaces, squeeze in some packing paper or foam padding.
- You should be left with a “snowboard burrito”. You can then either post it now, or slide it into another box or bag for even more protection.
Choosing A Courier
If you are sending your board by post, then there are certain things to consider:
Size And Weight
The size of your snowboard will play the most significant role. Different postal services charge differently based on the weight and dimensions of the package.
Shop around for the best deals. It often helps to choose a courier who specifically ship skis and snowboards.
Insurance is crucial when shipping a snowboard. Even with the best packaging in the world, accidents happen. Check the courier that you’re using has an insurance option (and doesn’t charge a ridiculous fee for it!).
You will want to choose a service provider who offers reliable delivery options, this includes both speed and cost.
Check the reviews. Too many missing parcels? Choose another provider!
1. Standard Shipping Services
Consider how you plan to send your order. There are many ways to do this, including:
- USPS Standard Post
This is the cheapest way to send your board, but it does have some drawbacks.
The main issue is that it takes time to deliver your item, and their insurance options aren’t always adequate.
Super simple – though some depots won’t take snowboards. Can also be pretty expensive.
- DHL Express
This is another popular choice. DHL Express has been known to deliver boards within 48 hours.
This is the most expensive option available, but it is also the quickest. FedEx often deliver within 1-2 days.
2. Specialty Shipping Services
My preferred method. Choosing a dedicated snowboard and ski shipping service allows peace of mind. Many of them will even provide the packaging (for a fee).
How Much Does It Cost to Ship a Snowboard?
On average, you can expect to pay between $30 and $100+ to ship a snowboard. The cost ultimately depends on how far you’re sending it and the type of shipping service you choose.
The cheapest options are usually UPS and USPS. If you’re shipping within the same state or nearby, it could cost around $30. Sending it across the country may be closer to $50. International shipping is more expensive, often exceeding $100.
Shipping a snowboard is actually pretty easy. Simply use any of the shipping companies mentioned above.
Just remember to pack your board up carefully and for peace of mind, spend a few extra bucks on the insurance.
I’ll leave you with a helpful bonus video.