How to safely pack your technology
Packing for your relocation represents a complicated and time-consuming process that needs to be properly planned and organized. And some of your belonging may require more time than others. For example, all of your technology should require some extra care during transportation. These days, we don’t think about technology as being something worth a lot of money when we travel. But, in reality, all of our laptops, cameras, computers, and phones are worth several thousands of dollars all together. Not to mention the invaluable data that is stored in our laptops and phones! Imagine carrying around that much cash without taking any precautions. That isn’t something that we would normally do and therefore, we need to take extra safety measures in order to protect our technology too. Now, you might be asking yourself: How do I safely pack all of my technology? If you want to learn more about how to properly handle and pack all of your technology, continue reading our blog!
1: Inventory all of your tech items:
This is something that you need to do before you even begin to think about packing. Think about items that you absolutely need and those that you may not need to bring along with you. It’s a good idea to get rid of some old technology right before your relocation. This will make the packing process easier and less of a hassle. Take out all of your tech items onto an empty bed or countertop. See how much of it you actually own. This is also important in order to have an approximate idea about how much packaging material you will need!
2: Decide which things you’ll need along the road
It is important not to make a mistake people often tend to make, which is packing everything into their luggage. For example, if you pack your charger into your suitcase, you won’t be able to use it until you have arrived to your new place! Decide which items you might need along the way, while you’re traveling. Separate these items from the rest of the pile. Store them somewhere else, like in a backpack or bag. Make sure to pack them safely too, in order to avoid any cords from breaking or tangling.
3: How do I prevent my cords from tangling?
You may be wondering how in the world you are supposed to prevent all of your lengthy cords from getting all tangled and twisted during the transportation process. That is a very good question! There are several tips that we can give you. First of all, try the paper roll tube method. For this one, you will only need an old shoe box, or any other container, and paper roll tubes! Fill out the box with these paper roll tubes, or use how many you need. One paper roll tube is good for one cord. Keep in mind that you can only apply this method when it comes to smaller cords, like USB cables and phone chargers. Simply place the cord into the paper roll tube! This will keep all of your cords separate from each other and therefore unable to intertwine and make your life a living nightmare! The other nifty method that we recommend is the zip-close bag method, and this one has a bonus tip! Place all of your cables and cords into separate zip-close bags in order to keep them from tangling along the road. Bonus tip: label each of your zip-close bags! By doing this, you will instantly know when you’re missing a cable or a cord! Say goodbye to forgotten phone chargers and headphones! The last method that you can apply is the old eyeglasses case method. Simply place your smaller cords into separate eyeglasses cases. Voila! No more tangled cords, plus all of your headphones and cords get their own personal case!
4: Packing computers and laptops
Now comes the difficult part – packing everything up! When you’re dealing with expensive and very fragile technology, it is very important to keep it protected throughout the entire trip. Since you’re moving internationally, your tech will most likely travel on a plane, or by ocean freight. As you already know, these rides can get quite bumpy, which is bad for all tech items. Did you know that a laptop could get damaged to the point of being unusable if it moves around too much? It is built with extremely sensitive micro-technology, which is very susceptible and prone to damage. Now, you may be asking yourself how you should pack all of these items without them breaking or getting damaged. The best advice that we can give you is to tightly pack your laptops and computers into moving boxes which are padded with some sort of packaging material. The best types of packaging material are foam peanuts, bubble wrap and straight up old newspaper! First, begin by getting a box that is close to the actual size of your laptop or computer. If you have a laptop, your best bet is using the original box it came in, if you still have it. Place the laptop inside the box and see how much it can move around. If it moves around quite a bit, fill up the remainder of the empty space with your choice of packaging material. Check if it moves again – you can do this by shaking the box once you close it. If you still hear movement, add more packaging material. If you can’t hear any movement, you’re good to go – seal the box tightly and continue packing the remaining technology by using the same method!