Packing an instrument
When packing an insturment, it is not good enough just to wrap the instrument case in a thin layer of bubble wrap as the instrument still has room to move about in the case. To adequatly protect the instrument, the instrument needs to be 'padded out' with bubble wrap inside the case to limit the movement of the instrument and absorb any impact vibrations that may happen during shipping. Then the ouside of the case should be wrapped in about 5 layers of bubble wrap.
Also, make sure to remove any unnecissarry items from the case as these can damage instruments in transit. If you need to send you mouthpiece, make sure that also is wrapped in bubble wrap.
Finally, pick an appropriate size box. If there is space inside the box, packing it out with some more bubble wrap or some styrofil will limit the movement of the instrument.
Selecting the right courier
When sending any instrument by courier, it is essential to make sure you select a company that is right for sending musical instruments.
Always check a companies delivery exceptions, some companies do state that they do not deliver musical isntruments, so any damages that may occur during transit will not be covered by any insurance.
Also, make sure you declare the value of the package. In the event of a claim, the couriers insurance will only cover the declared value of the package, so you the sender could be left out of pocket.
Some couriers charge extra for insurance, which in our experiance, is value for money. It's better to be safe than sorry!