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      Quote Originally Posted by taddict View Post
      In this weather I would add a cold pack in the box!
      I asked the reciever (a very experienced trader/shipper) if I should use one, and he said no. Of course, we are talking about western Canada where it is significantly cooler.

      Thankfully, he tells me the T arrived "very alive" and that I had done an "awesome packing job!"

      I have been anxious to get this thread completed as a resource for this forum and am glad I can complete it today!


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      Originally Posted by crawltech
      Toss the male in, take him out of the water dish in bolus form the next day.

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      I am currently experimenting with the same basic packing idea presented by manlyman, using cool packs to beat this heat wave. As of yet I have been unable to keep the interior of the box between 60-80 beyond the 18-20 hour mark. At the 18-20 hour mark the interior of the box begins to closely match the external air temp. The average daily air temp is running 96 highs and 83 lows. The interior of a shipping truck can get to well over 110 during the day as they run their route.
      In short, with the current heat wave a tarantula shipped in a foam lined box will throughly cooked by the 24 hour mark.
      If anyone has any ideas or knowledge to contribute please do. If we can come up with a packing method can withstand 100F over a 24 period we will save the lives of countless tarantulas being shipped during the summer months.
      Yes, I will be posting the experiment results, materials, procedures, and methods when I am done(currently running Trial 6).

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      Quote Originally Posted by Scoolman View Post
      I am currently experimenting with the same basic packing idea presented by manlyman, using cool packs to beat this heat wave. As of yet I have been unable to keep the interior of the box between 60-80 beyond the 18-20 hour mark. At the 18-20 hour mark the interior of the box begins to closely match the external air temp. The average daily air temp is running 96 highs and 83 lows. The interior of a shipping truck can get to well over 110 during the day as they run their route.
      In short, with the current heat wave a tarantula shipped in a foam lined box will throughly cooked by the 24 hour mark.
      If anyone has any ideas or knowledge to contribute please do. If we can come up with a packing method can withstand 100F over a 24 period we will save the lives of countless tarantulas being shipped during the summer months.
      Yes, I will be posting the experiment results, materials, procedures, and methods when I am done(currently running Trial 6).
      Love the experimentation! As you are testing the box, I am assuming you are spraying down the papertowels in the container? I believe the water helps there too.

      Speaking of water, I know it is heavy, but it does have an incredibly high specific heat and can thus absorb much heat and slow the temperature rise. The cool packs have water in them (right?). but perhaps some other water bags of some sort in the box too. And even spraying down the packing material (in my case, newspaper).

      Furthermore, while it may get over 110 in the truck, the entire journey won't be that high. Cooler temps on the plane and other handling stations for sure. Still, it's that last leg that gets the T.

      Just thinking out loud...

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      Toss the male in, take him out of the water dish in bolus form the next day.

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      I did the same as Marc did with the wrapping around the cup...I was told that when doing it, pack the cup not the t...the t will make itself small enough to fit into it and be comfortable too. So thats what I did. Lol.


      I got him in and noticed a little more space then I wanted so when I took him back out I made
      It smaller.



      Made the little plug, and everything just kinda fits. I don't think he will be getting jostled. I'm going to line the box with styro and shredded paper, wrap the heat pack and tape it to the bottom, off to the side of the box.

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      It looks great Nikki.

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      Man's box is a little large for such a small shipment. Not that it's a bad thing, but the larger the box the more money it takes to ship. I, personally, for a single little male I just get a box that leaves enough room for the container and a good amount of cushioning and support so the container doesn't move much at all.
      That's how it begins. I'm sorry to say...but you caught the fever. There's no cure except more T's.

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      Gonna revive this thread as someone may have need of it.

      As NLN said, my first shipment was definitely overkill, but one does need insulation, a very cushy inside container, and in cooler months, a heat pack (72-hour is recommended). Apart from size of containers, the basic setup above is still good.

      The LP I shipped above could have gone in a smaller deli cup as well.

      A few warnings though.

      First, it is a good idea to separate (i.e. with news paper or a sheet of styrofoam, etc.) the Ts from the heat pad. The aim is to keep them from getting too cold, but you also don't want to over heat them.

      Second, if you don't have a 72-hour heat pack (or even a 48-hour) get one. Do NOT try to use a number shorter-life heat packs. This will NOT add up to longer hours of heat for the Ts, but to higher temps, and in the end, you will cook the Ts.

      Third, if you ship slings in large straw sections with cotton or other stuffers on the ends, do NOT moisten the stuffers on the end. This will create too much moisture and wind up drowning your slings (learned that one the hard way).

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      Bravo! Excellent packing ManlyMan7!
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      Very useful thread.
      Are we allowed to post links to places for shipping supplies here?
      The biggest question I get is where to get insulated boxes, vials and hot/cold packs.
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