During a move, some things are easy to pack and relocate, while others simply aren’t. Electronics are one of the most tedious and time-consuming things to prepare and pack for moving day. They’re fragile, and most include an abundance of cords or batteries. But because our electronics are so precious to us, it’s vital to pack them properly for a relocation. To ensure the safety of your electronics during your move, follow the important steps below.
Back up important files and documents
Electronics, like computers, hold all of our most important information. And even if you pack these items to the best of your ability, you still need to be prepared for potential damages that may occur during transport. If anything happens on the road, there is a high risk that you will lose all of the important information stored on the hard drive. To say this is a nightmare is an understatement! In order to avoid irreplaceable damage to your computer files, it is crucial to back up all files and documents prior to moving. Your best bet for this is to use an online cloud service offered by a reputable, established and trustworthy company. Examples include: Google Drive, Microsoft Azure and Dropbox.
Collect the correct packing supplies
Without the proper supplies, packing can be an impossible task. This is why it is essential to ensure you have not only the right supplies but also enough
supplies. The best way to keep your electronics safe during your move is to pack them in their original packaging. This is because it was specifically designed to keep electronics 100% safe during transport. We aren’t just talking about the original box either, but the custom-cut styrofoam inserts that snuggly fit around the electronic device, along with a generous amount of anti-static bubble wrap and protective sheets of soft padding materials.
But let’s face it. These packaging materials were probably disposed of a long time ago. This means it is up to you to acquire proper packing supplies. Search for thick-walled cardboard boxes that are slightly larger than the dimensions of the electronics you are packing. Also collect adequate padding materials to insulate your electronics properly. These materials include:
- Anti-static bubble wrap. You probably already know the great cushion that bubble wrap provides. But why does it need to be anti-static? Ordinary packing peanuts – made from foam – conduct electricity, a problem that can harm your electronics. To avoid potential damage to your devices, anti-static is the optimal choice.
- Packing paper. Regular, everyday paper may be too rough and tough when packing. The ideal choice is to use actual packing paper, which is softer. Packing paper provides a better protective cushioning and will insulate your electronics so they will be protected from dust and minor hits and vibrations when on the road.
- Moving blankets. Moving blankets are another viable thing to use when packing your electronics. You can also use ordinary blankets and other soft household items like pillows and clothing to provide extra padding for all of your most sensitive electronic equipment.
Organize and label cables
Electronics come with a lot of cables and writing, especially desktop computers. Before you rip out all plugs and throw them into a box, slow down and take the necessary time to organize and label them. While you
may want to get the job over with as quickly as possible, organizing and labeling these important cables will save you a great deal of time and frustration later on.
One good tip to follow when packing your electronics is to use colored stickers, colored tape or numbered tags to mark all cables.
It is also a great idea to take a photo of how your electronics are hooked up to your computer or other device. Then you will have an easy guide to follow when hooking your device back up after moving.
It’s also wise to separate all cables, remote controls and other electronic accessories and, instead, pack them with the electronic unit they belong to.
Remove temperature-sensitive items
Electronics are sensitive to abrupt temperature changes. In fact, they may even become damaged when subjected to extreme temperatures. These items include:
- Disks and peripherals. Remove all media disks – CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays – from their video players and pack them together with your disk collection. External hard drives, flash memory sticks, and so on should also be disconnected.
- Batteries. Batteries can overheat and leak – something you definitely don’t want to happen in the back of your moving truck. To avoid this, remove all
batteries from electronic devices and their respective remote controls before packing them.
- Toners and ink cartridges. Toners and ink cartridges pose a huge mess risk. Before packing a laser or ink printer, be sure to remove toner or ink cartridges and pack them inside plastic dust-proof bags.
Use bubble wrap correctly
When packing your electronics, bubble wrap will be your savior. And believe us when we say, the more sheets of bubble wrap you use, the better!
- Place several sheets of bubble wrap along the bottom of each box you intend to pack with electronic equipment. This initial layer will act as a shock absorber, keeping potential damage at bay. (Towels can be used instead.)
- Next, wrap each electronic device in soft packing paper. Then add a sheet of bubble wrap on top of it. Secure the bundle with high-quality packing tape.
- Place the wrapped-up electronic unit inside the packing box. (Always place heavier devices first.) Then, fill any remaining spaces with bubble wrap. (Towels or pieces of clothing work too, if necessary.)
- When done, place one final layer of bubble wrap on the very top. Ensure nothing is shifting inside. Then, close and seal the box with strong, durable packing tape.
Protect electronic screens
The most vulnerable part of computer monitors and flat-screen TVs is their screens. So you should do everything in your power to protect them. Avoid using bubble wrap directly on screens, because it can leave marks. Instead, wrap the entire device in soft moving blankets. Then cut out a large piece of clean cardboard that measures the size of the screen. Place the cardboard cutout over the blanket-wrapped item. Finally, using packing tape, secure the cardboard in place.
After sealing your electronics inside their cardboard box, you should immediately label it. Write the destination room on the box, too. You should most likely avoid specific labels like “computer” or “TV” to avoid potential theft from less-than-trustable movers.