Common Mistakes to Avoid When Using Hand Pallet Wrap


Hand pallet wrap is a versatile packaging solution that is used in a variety of industries to protect goods during transit and storage. However, using hand pallet wrap incorrectly can lead to problems such as product damage, increased costs, and reduced efficiency.

In this blog post, we will explore some of the most common mistakes to avoid when using hand pallet wrap. By following these tips, you can ensure that your goods are protected, your costs are minimized, and your efficiency is maximized.

Whether you are new to using hand pallet wrap or are an experienced user, this article will provide valuable insights into how to use it effectively. So let’s dive in and learn about the common mistakes to avoid when using hand pallet wrap.

Not Choosing the Right Type of Hand Pallet Wrap

When it comes to hand pallet wrap, there are two main types to choose from: cast and blown. Cast wrap is transparent, tear-resistant, and quiet to unwind. Blown wrap, on the other hand, is hazy, puncture-resistant, and exerts a high force on the wrapped load.

Choosing the right type of hand pallet wrap is crucial to ensuring that your goods are properly protected during transit and storage. Here are some common mistakes to avoid:

  • Using cast wrap when blown wrap would be more appropriate for the load being wrapped, or vice versa.
  • Not considering the temperature of the storage environment. Blown wrap is better suited for cold room applications, while cast wrap can become brittle and break in cold temperatures.
  • Not considering the weight and fragility of the load being wrapped. Blown wrap is better suited for heavier and more fragile loads, while cast wrap is better for lighter loads.

By choosing the right type of hand pallet wrap for your specific needs, you can ensure that your goods are properly protected and your costs are minimized.

Not Using Enough Wrap

Another common mistake to avoid when using hand pallet wrap is not using enough of it. Insufficient wrap can lead to products shifting or falling off the pallet during transit, which can result in damage and loss of goods. It is important to ensure that the entire pallet is wrapped properly, with enough layers of wrap to provide adequate protection and support.

Some factors to consider when determining how much wrap to use include the weight and dimensions of the load, the type of pallet being used, and the mode of transportation. Generally, it is recommended to use at least 4-6 rotations of wrap at the bottom of the pallet, and then gradually increase the number of rotations as you move up the load. It is also important to wrap around the edges and corners of the pallet to secure the load.

Using enough wrap not only ensures the safety of your products but also helps to prevent excess movement during transit. This reduces the risk of damage to the goods and the pallet, and ensures that the load arrives at its destination intact.

Using Too Much Wrap

While it’s important to use enough wrap to properly secure your pallets, using too much can actually be counterproductive. Overwrapping can lead to unnecessary expenses and may even compromise the integrity of the load. Here are some reasons why using too much wrap can be a problem:

  1. Increased Costs: Using too much wrap means that you will need to purchase more wrap, which can increase your expenses. This can also result in additional waste, which can be detrimental to the environment.
  2. Unstable Loads: Overwrapping your pallets can actually make them less stable. This is because too much wrap can create a rigid structure that is prone to shifting during transit. This can lead to damage or even loss of the entire load.
  3. Difficulty in Unwrapping: Using too much wrap can make it difficult to unwrap the load when it arrives at its destination. This can cause delays in unloading and increase the risk of damage to the products.

To avoid these problems, make sure you use the right amount of wrap. Generally, one to two layers of wrap are sufficient for most loads. If you’re unsure about how much wrap to use, speak to your packaging supplier for guidance.

Applying the Wrap Incorrectly

Proper application of hand pallet wrap is crucial for ensuring that your items are properly secured and protected during transit. However, applying the wrap incorrectly can result in insufficient protection and even damage to your items. Here are some common mistakes to avoid when applying hand pallet wrap:

  • Wrapping too loosely: If you wrap the pallet too loosely, it will not provide enough stability and can result in items shifting or falling during transit.
  • Wrapping too tightly: Conversely, wrapping the pallet too tightly can damage your items by crushing or deforming them.
  • Wrapping over the top edge of the pallet: Avoid wrapping over the top edge of the pallet as this can cause the wrap to tear or puncture, and can also result in items shifting during transit.
  • Not starting and finishing the wrap properly: Always start the wrap at the bottom of the pallet and finish at the top, securing the wrap with a knot or seal. Failing to do so can cause the wrap to come undone during transit.

Properly applying hand pallet wrap may take some practice, but it is worth the effort to ensure that your items are properly protected during transit.


In conclusion, using hand pallet wrap may seem like a simple task, but it requires attention to detail and proper technique to ensure that your products are secure and protected during transit. By avoiding the common mistakes outlined in this article, you can save time and money while also ensuring that your products arrive at their destination in the same condition as when they were shipped.

Remember to choose the right type of hand pallet wrap for your specific needs, use enough wrap to provide adequate protection, and apply the wrap correctly to ensure a tight, secure seal.

By following these guidelines, you can help minimize the risk of damage or loss during transit and ensure that your customers receive their orders in a timely and satisfactory manner. At AB Supplies, we offer a range of hand pallet wrap options to meet your specific needs, including Mini Hand Pallet Wrap, Cast and Blown options, and Machine Pallet Wrap. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you protect your products during transit.

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