Shipping Tubes

Protect your papers with plastic mailing tubes

Shipping tubes aren't something most people think of when it comes to shipping containers, but if you're an architect, artist or simply someone who needs to send large documents, they're a great option. Shipping tubes are affordable and come in a variety of lengths and diameters, so you can choose the one that's right for your document.

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Just like other shipping packages, you can increase the security of your shipment by having your shipping tube tracked and/or received with a signature, so you don't have to worry about an important document getting lost in the mail or not reaching the correct destination.

When to Use Shipping Tubes

Shipping tubes are a great way to ship large documents that won't fit in conventional mailing envelopes, such as maps, blueprints, photographs and art prints. The chief benefit of using a shipping tube is that the document is rolled safely into the tube and is protected from bends, creases or even tears that could occur if the document were sent flat. The rolling process also saves on space when shipping.

Types of Shipping and Mailing Tubes

There are two main types of shipping tubes you can choose from:

  • Plastic mailing tubes. Plastic mailing tubes are the most expensive option in postal tubes, but they are also the most durable. They're waterproof and are much sturdier than other materials.
  • Cardboard mailing tubes. A cardboard mailing tube (also known as a paper mailing tube) is a more affordable option, but it won't necessarily hold up as well as a plastic tube. If you do choose a cardboard mailing tube, look for one that is thick and sturdy.

Along with the type of mailing tube, you can also choose what type of closure the tube will have. Choices include a plastic cap (which is the most secure option) or, in the case of cardboard tubes, a folding end that will help keep documents securely rolled.

You can also decide whether you'd like to use colored mailing tubes (which are available in all materials) or clear mailing tubes (which are, not surprisingly, available in plastic only). When going through the regular mail, colored packaging tubes are often better because they prevent people from seeing the documents enclosed.