Checking in boxes for Airline travel -- advice needed
On my next flight to Hawaii, I may need to bring some household items which I would like to pack in boxes to use as my "checked baggage" (the aeronaut will still be with me on board!). It seems the cheapest way to ship up to 50lbs in 62 linear inches for $25 to Hawaii. Since these items will only be going one-way, I don't want to use luggage.
My question is this: does anyone have any advice for the best way to tie up or otherwise secure a cardboard box (rope, straps, tape?) that will have the best likelihood of arriving at my destination intact? Items in the boxes will generally be non-breakable (no dishes, but silverware, some pots and pans, maybe sheets and towels for padding).
I think we will put a tremendous amount of packing tape on the boxes to structually support them, but I also suspect my oddly shaped items in the box may cause TSA to want to inspect them therefore I hope to have a way they can access the contents without tearing them apart. I kind of wish US airports had the option (like Maverick mentioned airports in India have) of wrapping the box entirely in plastic...
I do have a large red cooler which I might use as one "box". Any other outside-the-box ideas (ahem) would be greatly appreciated!