How to Ship a Bow in 9 Easy Steps (SECRETS OUT)

Shipping itself is a hectic business. And when it comes to delicate shipping items like a hat or a bow, the stakes get raised by a bar. The packaging needs to be perfect. Otherwise, you will run the risk of damaging the item forever.

Today you will learn how to ship a bow rightly so that you don’t damage it.

It’s unreasonable to expect that the courier company will take the entire responsibility for having your delicate items shipped. You need to ensure that you pack your bow so efficiently that shipping is a breeze.

How to Ship a Bow?
Ship a Bow like a pro

Sounds challenging, right? But why bother when we are here! With this step-by-step guide on how to ship a bow, we got you all covered.

So, why wait? Let’s go now!

Different Types of Bows

There are different types of bows used in the archery department. Different people prefer different kinds, depending on their expertise level. 

Before mastering the art of how to ship a bow, you must know about its types to understand the matter in a better manner.

Here are a few popular bow types used in the art of archery:

Types of Bows
Different Types of Bows
  • Recurve Bow: Recurve bow curves away at the ends, delivering more efficient energy than a straight-limbed bow. The lamination can have wood, carbon, or other composite materials to make it light and efficient. 
  • Compound Bow: A compound bow is one with metal risers and composite limbs whose string is connected to a pulley system mounted on wheels. These bows are less strenuous to shoot if one knows the exact technique.
  • Longbow: Made from a single wood, the longbow has been in the archery tradition for ages. It requires special expertise to face the challenges a longbow poses. So, the only experienced archer can handle this kind of bow. 
  • Recurve Barebow: A style of recurve bow, the barebow is the one that doesn’t allow accessories to aid in aiming. It thus requires the adept hands of an archer for a perfect shooting experience.  
  • Composite Bow: Classed under recurve bow, these bows have different materials glued together. Traditional composite bows were made from wood, horn, and sinew, and modern ones are made of laminated wood, fiberglass, or plastic. They are quite easy to handle and don’t need much expertise, hence calling for a fun shooting.
  • American Flatbow: The bow with non-recurved, flat, and wide limbs was developed to test against the English longbow. Modern flatbow allows fiberglass layers and carbon cores that make the limbs stable, fast, and smooth.

So, that was the long list of archery bow types available in the market. But here’s the good news! No matter what kind of bow you choose to ship, the method remains the same.

How to Ship a Bow with Proper Packaging (Master Guide)

Now comes the most interesting and important part of the shipping process—packaging. If you want to ensure that your bow is shipped undamaged, you must be willing to put in an extra effort at the packaging.

So, here are steps you need to observe while getting your bow ready for shipping:

steps to pack a bow

Step 1: Purchase a PVC Plastic Tube

The safest way to ship a bow is to pack it in a PVC plastic tube. You can find a PVC pipe online or visit any building material store to purchase it. You can even get someone at the hardware store to cut the pipe to its desired length.

Step 2: Prepare the PVC Pipe

The next step would be to prepare the PVC pipe to provide the necessary padding to the bow. To do that, fill the PVC cap with crumpled paper and then slip and twist it onto the end of the pipe. Do the same with the other cap once the bow is safely inside.

You can also use thick foam rubber as the padding material inside the PVC tube. This process will prevent the bow from breaking its tip by rattling back and forth during the transit. 

Step 3: Bubble Wrap the Bow

Next comes the bow that needs to be bubble-wrapped properly. Roll the wrap around the bow enough so it fits into the PVC pipe snugly. 

You can also use tissues, foam rubber, or soft materials to cover the bow. But ensure that the edges of the bow are covered in bubble wraps and fixed with adhesive tapes. You can also put some packing peanuts at each end of the bow to ensure extra safety.

Step 4: Pack the Bow

The next step is to simply pack the bow inside the PVC Tube. Add additional padding with Styrofoam peanuts all around the tube at this stage. 

Once the bow is safely inside, shake the pipe to check whether there is still space for the bow to move around. If there is, then feel free to add more padding—be it with crumbled paper, bubble wrap, rubber foam, Styrofoam peanuts, or whatever material you deem fit.

Step 5: Seal the Ends of the PVC Pipe

Once the bow is safely inside the pipe, the next important step is to seal the ends with good-quality packing tapes. If needed, double the layer of packing tapes to ensure greater safety.

Two girls and one boy shooting arrows

Step 6: Secure the PVC Pipe

Next, secure the PVC pipe to prevent it from banging inside the packing box. To do that, you need to enclose the tube with more paper, bubble wraps, or any other soft material you prefer.  

Step 7: Pack the PVC Tube

Once you are sure that the tube is all wrapped up properly, it’s time to pack it in the triangular shipping tube. You can buy the tube from different online sites that sell shipping materials or visit any local stores that may have them. 

Ensure that the packing tube is larger than the PVC pipe so the pipe can comfortably fit inside the tube. You might need additional padding to ensure the PVC pipe doesn’t rattle inside. The same method of shaking the packing box to check if the pipe moves can work here. If it does, pop in the extra padding.

Step 8: Seal the Ends of the Packing Tube

The next step is to seal the ends of the packing tube with sturdy tapes. Consider taping the lengthwise seam to prevent the cardboard from ripping apart and damaging the bow. Double layers of tapping will ensure further safety. 

Do not miss this step. Otherwise, the bow would risk slipping out and getting lost during transit.

Step 9: Stick the Shipping Invoice

The final step is to fill out the shipping invoice and stick it to the packing tube. Ensure that there is no mistake in the address box and that the writing is legible. Use good quality glue to stick the invoice so it doesn’t come off the package during transit.

There is no use packing an item so efficiently only to have it returned to you because of wrong address or illegible writing!

Some Additional Information for Shipping a Bow

Before you hop right in to pack your bow, look at this additional information to learn how to ship a bow efficiently.

Make sure about Padding, Insurance, Tracking and Packing box


First, do not forget the padding and use it whenever and wherever required. Do not be stingy while using the cushioning materials. 

The padding acts as shock absorbers during shipping and prevents the bow from suffering any damage during jerks and jolts.


If it’s an expensive bow that you are shipping, remember to have it insured with the courier company you are shipping it with.
If your preferred company doesn’t offer the insurance, consider shifting to the one that does offer insurance coverage.

Pay the additional charges as required for insuring your package. But do not risk the safety of your shipment to save some extra bucks.


While shipping such packages with delicate items, you must be able to track the shipment. So, make sure you choose only those shipping methods that allow tracking, no matter which shipping company you use.

Usually, Priority and Express Mail Services offer tracking facilities. They might cost a little extra, but the relief of knowing the current package location that comes with it is far too valuable. So, don’t compromise there.

Packing Box

Finding the right packing box (or packing tube, in this case) can be a real challenge. 
The best way is to contact the Post Office or carriers like USPS, FedEx, UPS, etc. They generally keep those triangular shipping tubes which would be perfect for these kinds of shipping. 

You can even contact the online sites that sell these shipping supplies and purchase the packing case from there. Some carriers even offer them for free if you avail of their shipping service.


Shipping fragile items like a bow can be a challenge. But a little caution observed while packing them can make it easier than you think. And once you get the hang of it, you won’t even need us to help you through it.

You will be a pro yourself. But till then, we have your back!

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Jaren worked for over a decade in the industry as a Package Handler. He started his career with FedEx but he later also worked with companies like USPS and Deutsche Post.

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