Hey CC,My method of packing fragile items in the boxes.
I LOVE, "Homer" 5 gallon plastic buckets from the "Home Depot"!!!!!!
They only cost about 3 dollars each, and you can get a tight fitting lid for a dollar more.
They have a million uses here in the DR, and are VERY sturdy, and the handle doesn't break off.
I pack them with the "Good Stuff", use clothes to cushion them, and put them in my boxes, usually 2 will fit.
They are BRIGHT ORANGE in color with the Home Depot logo.
Before anyone tells me to "Just Use 5 gallon empty paint buckets", don't!
These are better, and when they are stolen, you can see them from a mile away, and shoot the guy who "Borrowed" them!!!
You can also get Gamma Seal Lids at Home Depot for the buckets for about $10. You can stack buckets four high with the lids and they twist off. Great for storing rice, dog food, etc.
The box arrived last evening at 6PM here in Cabreraas an example...
I am shipping one box
21x20x12...weighing 26 lbs
I paid $21 to ship from PHL to NYC (Awilda) w/ FEDEX
NYC - DR will be $25.....w/ Awilda