UPS delivers about 16 million packages every single day.  shipping such a high volume means it's not going to be perfect.  How can you make sure that your package isn't destroyed or lost?

Here are four secrets from a former UPS worker on how to make sure your package gets where it's going safely...

1.  Don't bother writing "FRAGILE" on the box.  Each handler loads about 250 packages an hour(this is true! I worked at FEDEX packing trucks).  They don't notice "fragile" and since a large amount of boxes say fragile, they'll probably ignore it anyway.

2.  Disguise your box as a gift!  The one time the handlers will take special care of a package is if it looks like a kid put some effort into making sure it looks good.  So wrap it, add bows, maybe add a handwritten message in crayon, and you're good.

3.  Don't reuse boxes without removing all the old stickers.  Scanners scan the first bar code that's visible.  So if there's an old shipping label on it, or a FedEx or Post Office label that could scan... your package could be lost in space.

4.  FollowTHEIR instructions perfectly.  If your package IS destroyed or lost, you might be able to get reimbursed... but follow ALL of their instructions.  Use a new box, don't over pack it, use wide tape, and try to waterproof what's inside.