Tips on Packing Electronics

28Jun 2012

The digital age has consumed our lives to a point where our homes nowadays are so full of electronics and gadgets and we are so attached to them, that we simply can't imagine throwing anything away. When the time for moving comes everyone wants to make sure their electronics are properly wrapped and packed for a safe journey. In order to protect your belongings, most of which are not only fragile and heavy, but are also expensive to replace, make sure you follow these few basic tips on proper packing:

1. Clean Them Up
Bigger electronics and other digital devices such as LCD TVs, DVD players,  computer towers and monitors collect layers of dust which often remain unnoticed where the device stands. However, before you pack those make sure you clean them properly. Remove any inserted discs and cables. Then wipe the surface with a slightly damp towel and clean with a sprayer. If you clean your electronics properly you will keep dust away from your new home for longer.

2. Match Them Up
Before you even start the wrapping process, you should match up all the accessories: booklets, warranty cards, cables, connectors, etc. This will help you keep everything organized and always know where an item is. It will also allow you to quickly set up the electronics at your new place.

3. Wrap Them Up
Electronics are sensitive items which require extra care and priority wrapping and loading. If you aren't sure how to wrap electronics properly, inform yourself about the right ways to do so. The wrapping should be impenetrable, tight and preserving the item ultimately from shaking on the road, liquid or heat. Even the slightest bump during the transit can damage an item. Electronics should be wrapped the way you would receive them from stores: in a few layers of bubble wrap, shrink wrap and other packing material if necessary. Keep a resealable bag with all its components in the same box or nearby. Use plenty of Styrofoam to make sure the item is properly secure on the road.

4. Pack Them Up
It's best to place electronics in their original boxes, if you still keep them. Otherwise, get sturdy moving boxes and enough packing supply. If you are hiring professional movers to transport items, label the boxes properly. However, if you are doing the move yourself, think of another way to label boxes with electronics - something that is obvious to you, but not to potential thieves. If you happen to leave a box unattended while you carry items from your house to the moving truck, a box labeled "LCD monitor" can easily get stolen. Always use "Fragile" stickers on top of those boxes though.

5. "Smalls"
With the progress of the digital age, gadgets become smaller and smaller. We now have laptops, tablets, digital cameras, phones and iPods to worry about when moving. These are valuable items, yet fragile, and they seem to take a small place, but we keep on worrying about their safety. It's smarter to just pack these in a bag or a box and keep them with you during the move. This will also secure you from theft. It's also much easier to keep track of your work or email while having your laptop or netbook nearby. Most of these can be packed in a laptop bag and you will be ready to go.

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