Continued from Part 4
Packing Fortuna for International Travel
Good morning! I spent this morning packing Fortuna for her trip to Denmark and took some pictures – how she was packed and also unpacking info for Kirsten. I hope the packing will be up to the challenge and my description is clear (ask questions if not).
1. Fortuna’s wings and cornucopia are removed.
2. The removable bottom for the inner box which will contain Fortuna is cut out of cardboard and wrapped in foam.
3. Fortuna is sewn to the bottom, with the help of a large-eared needle and thick thread. The thread goes around her stronger thicker parts – the waist and thighs.
4. The removable bottom fits into the box – tightly, but so that it can be pulled out with some effort with strings glued on 4 sides.
The bottom should sit securely in the box, even upside down.
5. The box is covered with transparent plastic wrap – for the benefit of customs office.
If customs decide that they must see Fortuna, they can do so without unpacking the doll.
I included a “Dear Customs Officer” letter to communicate that request to the customs.
6. The little bags contains spare beads and coins – in case some of Fortuna’s decorations get loose during travel.
7. Certificate of Authenticity is done and the rest of Fortuna’s belongings (globe, wings and cornucopia) are wrapped in foam.
8. Two priority boxes are fit one into the other. It makes the box a little taller and stronger at the same time.
9. The box containing the base, wings and cornucopia goes first, surrounded by packing peanuts.
10. Horizontal partition goes next. It fits snugly and provides additional support to the structure.
11. Box containing Fortuna goes next, surrounded by packing peanuts and topped the the second horizontal partition.
Then the COA folder and a helpful exact knife.
12. The box gets sealed all around with tape.
It is packed tightly, nothing shakes or moves inside, it can easily withhold dropping on the floor and it can withhold heavy stuff piled on top of it – as it might very well happen.
Thank you for reading!