Everything you need to know about packing your electronics for an international move
Nowadays, electronic devices are something we could not live without. Since they are that important to us, we need to pay special attention to them when we are relocating. Whether you are moving a house or an office, the rule is the same – the electronics need special handling. And if you are preparing for an international move, there are some extra details you should pay attention to. Now, let’s start at the beginning and see what the proper way of packing your electronics is.
Check the voltage and plug configuration
Before you start packing your electronics for the move you should find out what the standard voltage in your new country is. Here is a list of standard voltages for some of the countries:
- 12o V is standard for the USA and Canada,
- 220 V is a European standard,
- 230 V is the voltage in Australia
- 240 V is the voltage in most Asian countries – you should know these figures if you are packing your electronics for a move.
You will probably be able to use most or even all of your devices in your new home, but you will need some plug and voltage adapters. Still, you need to doublecheck, because there is no use moving a device that cannot be used abroad.
Do you need all of your old electrical devices in your new home?
If you want to have easy international relocation, you need to be practical. Some of the devices you are planning to move internationally might be more expensive to move than to buy. Think about that, and if you do have such devices, maybe you should give them to somebody or leave them behind. You should also consider your old electronics and whether they will even serve you in your new home. If you have been using your hairdryer for many years now, and you noticed that it’s about to die soon, why move it? Maybe buying new loudspeakers is more practical than moving the old ones if you plan to replace them soon anyway.
There is one more category of electronics that you need to consider moving – brand new stuff. For instance, if you are planning to buy a new TV, check the prices of the model you like in your future home country. You should leave the purchase for after you relocate if the price is lower or the same. Remember, you will not have to pay for its relocation. Moreover, you will not have to worry about having to pay for customs duty on imported goods.
Take photos of connections before disconnecting the devices
After you unplug your electrical device, take a look at its connections. If you are not sure whether you’ll be able to connect them properly after relocation the best tip we can give you is to take a photo of the current state. In case you have to dismantle a device, you can make a video to help you remember what goes where. If you forgot to do all that, don’t worry, you can always look the instructions up in the manufacturer’s guide. Don’t panic if you no longer have them, you can find them online.
Get packing materials
Getting some proper materials for packing your electronics should be on top of your ultimate moving checklist. You will need:
- Cardboard boxes – avoid using the cardboard boxes from your local grocery store. Original boxes that your devices were bought in are the best option but don’t worry if you haven’t kept them. You can buy some sturdy, corrugated cardboard boxes that will serve the purpose.
- Soft padding and some wrapping material,
- Strong packing tape,
- Labels and markers,
- Twist ties and sealable bags can be useful too.
Packing tips for packing electronics
Now that you have your electronics disconnected and materials ready, it is time to start packing. Make sure that the moving pieces inside your electronics are taped or otherwise immobilized. Don’t leave a cartridge inside your printer and tape the CD/DVD drawer on your computer. That is how you will prevent the moving pieces from getting damaged during the transport. After that, you should put your electronic device inside a proper-sized box. It shouldn’t be too tight nor too big for the device. Line the bottom of the box with some soft material that you can also use for wrapping the appliance.
When you put the item inside the box, you can also add some packing peanuts for extra safety. Don’t pack two devices in one box since they can get damaged by rubbing against each other during the transport. Bear in mind that the professionals from Master Moving Guide can help you with packing your electronics if you do not have the time or resource to do it by yourself.
Know where everything is!
Pack your cables and wires neatly by securing them with twist ties. Then put each cable in a separate sealable bag and mark it. Pack the cables together with the devices they are used to avoid confusion during the unpacking. Now you can close and seal the box. You will need strong packing tape for this purpose. And do not forget to label the boxes and use a marker to write down their contents. This part of moving preparation, even though important, is often overlooked.
Make an inventory list
This will not take too much time, and it can save you a lot. After you are through with your international relocation, the last thing you want to do is open box after box in search of something that you need immediately. Make an inventory list while you are packing your electronics and your life will be much easier when the time comes for unpacking. Here is one extra tip: Have at least one plug and voltage adapter and your phone and laptop charger in your bag of essentials that you will have with you throughout the entire international relocation.