Electronics are probably one of the most highly damaged items during a move if the proper precautions aren’t taken. Noticing that you have broken electronics after you relocation can undoubtedly cause you the most inconvenience, especially if you rely on your laptop to work from home. And not to mention your children would be beyond upset if they realize that their favorite gaming console doesn’t function after they finally get into their new home.
Our 5 Steps for Proper Electronics Packing
- Use an external hard drive to back-up all of your files and data.
- Label and photograph all the cables and corresponding connections.
- Remove ink cartridges from printers, disconnect all wires and cables, and place each electronic’s components together.
- If they are available, pack each device into the manufacturers’ original box.
- Assemble the following packing materials: heavy-duty cardboard boxes, anti-static bubble wrap, wrapping papers, tape, and permanent markers.
Use an external hard drive to back-up all of your files and data
Create copies of all files that you cannot take the chance of losing. Use external data storage, memory cards or a secure internet-based storage solution like Dropbox to keep all of your files safe and secure. We suggest keeping a back up in at least two different locations to make sure that your backups are always protected.
Label and photograph all the cables and corresponding connections
Mark the cables and the ports that they connect to with small colored labels. The colors will ensure that you know exactly how to reconnect everything when you’re reassembling your equipment. Each cable should have a colored sticker at both ends, color-coded to the connectors, and a label marked with the name of the device to which the cable belongs. It’s also a good idea to photograph the connections as a visual reminder.
Remove ink cartridges from printers, disconnect all wires and cables, and place each electronic’s components together
Once all your cables have been labeled, you can disconnect them and secure them with twist ties or velcro to prevent them from getting tangled up. Keep the cables in a labeled bag along with their respective devices so that you know exactly where everything is, so they do not get placed with the wrong devices. After this is complete, everything can now be placed into the moving boxes. Make sure that you securely place your equipment’s components and cables in a box which it cannot easily move around in and damage the device it is packed with.
If they are available, pack each device into the manufacturers’ original box
This is the best way to transport your valuable electronics, especially if you’ve kept the foam protectors that your items were shipped in when new. If not available, bubble wrap is recommended as its the most secure form of protection when moving electronics.
Assemble the following packing materials: cardboard boxes, bubble wrap, wrapping papers, tape, and permanent markers
Finally, you will need heavy-duty cardboard boxes, packing tape, anti-static bubble wrap, and permanent markers. Use plenty of brown wrapping paper to fill any spaces in the packing boxes to prevent any movement of the contents during transport.