How to pack small devices for a move?

At-Home Packing Tips - October 26, 2020

One of the main reasons why DIY relocation is considered a difficult and complicated process is the number of various and complex tasks it comes with. Not only do you have to know how to pack your fragile belongings in a way that ensures safety, but you also have to load your boxes on a moving truck, drive the vehicle to your new destination, and fit all those obligations in your already hectic schedule. Still, with the help of the Internet, coming by useful information is easier than ever. Luckily for you, here we will speak of the ways you can pack small devices for a move, making your relocation process that much easier.

Preparing for the process of packing small devices for a move

As you can imagine, this will not be a one-step process. In order to pack small devices for a move, you will have to gather the packing materials, preferably green moving supplies, as relocations already tend to be unfriendly to the ecology as it is. Other than that, you will need to gather all the user manuals you have kept. However, not having them is by no means a call to despair. Simply use the power of the Internet and download all that you need from the manufacturer’s website.

Another smart thing to do before you venture into the process itself is to insure your electronics. Temporary insurance to cover your move, packing, and unpacking ought to be just enough for you. It would also be wise that you add tracking to your mobile phones and electronics. In a wild chase, they get misplaced, it will be tremendously easier to find them.

Various small devices on a wooden table.
Preparing small devices for a move is not as simple as you might have hoped. However, a proper guide will help you see it through.

The way to pack small devices for a move

We have come to the matter of hand-packing your devices:

  • First things first, take the batteries out of all electronics and remotes. This will prevent them from overheating, leaking, and wreaking havoc all over. Place them in a small plastic bag which you will tape to the device itself. This will make them ready to use the moment you unpack it.
  • And, just for this very same reason, it would be smart to charge up all your rechargeable batteries a couple of days before you relocate.
  • Next come the CDs, DVDs, and Blue-rays, which ought to be ejected from your various devices. Upon doing so, make sure to tape the drives shut.
  • What comes now are toner cartridges that you need to remove from laser printers, and secure in a plastic, dust-proof bag. Make sure to eject other printer cartridges as well from all non-laser printers and secure the printhead in place.

Make sure to label all items and cables

You won’t even need many materials, just some colored stickers, some plastic string, and some bags for it all, with reusable moving totes just as good option as any. So here is what you need to do:

  • Put a colored sticker on each end of the cable that goes into your devices, and put the same colored sticker next to the cable sockets on each device.
  • Wrap a colored sticker around the cable and write on the sticker the two devices it connects (TV and DVD player).
  • In case it is a power supply or power cord, write the item it powers on a sticker.
  • Remove the cable, coil it, tie it with a plastic string, and put it in a plastic bag with a label.
  • Tape the cable in a bag to the device it belongs to.

This does not have to be some elaborate mission, but rather a necessary task that will save you plenty of headaches afterward.

Various devices on a white surface.
All your devices ought to be free of anything that may cause some leakage inside, and thus much-unwanted trouble.

Preparing your computer for transportation

As the computer is one of those more elaborate devices, we will dedicate a whole paragraph to it. Namely, it would be best that you start by backing up your important information and data. Upon doing so, see that your computer passwords are hard to guess. In the very unlikely case your desktop or laptop gets stolen, you want to make sure your vital data is protected. If you have a PC, you want to vacuum and pack the inside of it. You want to prevent the dust from moving around and getting trapped when the computer is in transport. Remove any cards from the motherboard, proven that you know how to do it. You want to ensure nothing inside of the PC has the ability to move, shift, or tremble during transportation. Lastly, place the PC in a box that will be as tight as possible, allowing only for packing paper to fit in, and provide some cushioning.

Useful tips for ensuring your devices are safe during transport

Use towels or bubble wrap to cushion the top and the bottom of inside the box, thus ensuring nothing inside of it moves. Fill any void spaces with soft materials, that are antistatic. Use bubble wrap to wrap large items, such as screens. Wrapping them with cardboard afterward is also a good idea for some additional protection. Avoid using newspaper to pack screens, as it can easily scratch and damage them.

Piles of newspapers.
While great for many other things, crumbled newspapers don’t go well with delicate computer screens.

As you can see, in order to pack small devices for a move all you will have to have is enough time. With it comes to possibility to give the process due attention. After all, you cannot handle these fragile items thinking of other things. So, make sure to start gathering the necessary packing materials on time, and venture into this process well prepared.

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