There aren’t many young adults who haven’t invested heavily into their electronics. Whether talking about laptops, desktop computers, mobile devices, or Blu-Ray players and multiple video game systems, there’s a lot that fall under the general term of “electronics.” Whether you have several laptops you love, or a giant HDTV that brings out the best out of your PlayStation and XBox – you need to know how to properly wrap and store these important, expensive, and delicate possessions.
Tip 1: Keep plenty of twist ties, Ziploc bags, and boxes on hand
When you’re packing electronics it’s not just the video game system, the TV, or the video system. You need to make sure you disconnect all the wires, plugs, batteries, cords, and everything else that connects all the pieces of your electronics together. All of this things are extremely important, but you need to make sure you have the ability to properly separate them and store them.
Ziploc bags are not only water proof, but allow for easy labeling and storage. Twist ties aren’t just for bags of sliced bread, but they are a great way to wrap long cords and tighten them together.
Tip 2: Bubble wrap and towels are your friends
There’s no question that you want to make sure your devices are protected. Bubble wrap is your friend, and don’t be afraid to “cross wrap” where you wrap multiple layers one direction, then wrap in the other to give you full coverage on every electronic item you’re packing up. Towels are then an excellent packing tool to offer padding and protection.
Tip 3: Water proof plastic containers for long-term storage
Plastic containers are a great option. These tubs are waterproof, often easy to carry and label, and allow you to layer them with quilts, blankets, or other soft materials that allow for packing. Depending on what you are packing and for how long, you’ll want to be careful to make sure all the small cables, plugs, batteries, and the bags they are stored in are placed by the very electronics you’re packing. Mixing up laptop chargers, for example, can have serious consequences!
If you are going on a long-term trip or journey, pay the extra for climate control storage. That’s often overlooked – but you don’t want your electronics dealing with extreme hot or extreme cold while you’re gone.
Follow these tips, and whether you’re wrapping them up for a short move, or for long-term storage, you’ll be happy with the end results.