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How to pack a computer for moving

August 13th, 2018 - 4:08 PM

The best way to move a computer

Not only is a computer an expensive, fragile electronic, it can also be very important to your life. Maybe you use it for work or for school, but even if it’s just for streaming Netflix, you want to keep it safe. To ensure it arrives in perfect condition after moving, take a little extra time to pack it properly. 

packing a computer for moving

How to pack a computer for moving

The two main types of computers are desktops (with towers) and laptops. If you happen to have the original packaging, that would be the best way to pack and ship both types. If not, gather these supplies from the U-Pack Box Store:

  • Moving box to fit (measure to make sure!)
  • Packing tape
  • Packing paper
  • Bubble Wrap®
  • A marker

Before packing, we recommend backing up the computer, either to an external hard drive or a cloud drive, then shutting it down. If there are any cables, take a photo of the connections to make setting it back up a breeze. Remove each cable and roll them individually to prevent tangling or damage. Place each one in a zip-top bag to keep them separated. Then wrap the bags in packing paper and secure with tape.

Shipping a computer tower and desktop monitor

  1. Prepare the box by taping the bottom and lining it with several layers of crumpled packing paper to create a cushion.
  2. Cover the computer tower in Bubble Wrap® tightly, and use a couple of layers. Secure the Bubble Wrap with tape. 
  3. Lower the monitor and wrap it tightly in Bubble Wrap. Secure it with tape.
  4. Fully wrap the keyboard, mouse, speakers and any other accessories with Bubble Wrap. 
  5. Place the tower in the box, keeping it upright. Add any accessories, and fill in any open space with crumpled packing paper or bundles of Bubble Wrap®
  6. Place the monitor inside the box, with the screen facing an inside wall of the box. 
  7. Fill any gaps between the computer monitor and tower with crushed packing paper. 
  8. Add a layer of crushed packing paper on top of the tower and monitor for extra cushion. 
  9. Close the flaps and gently move the carton to make sure nothing shifts. If anything moves, add more packing paper.
  10. Tape the top of the box well and label it “Computer,” “Fragile,” and “This Side Up.”

Watch the whole process here:

Shipping a laptop

The easiest thing to do with a laptop is to keep it with you during the move. Just like you would transport it to school or work, place it in a computer bag and place it in your vehicle. If you need to ship it, follow these packing directions:

  1. Tape the bottom of the box well, and line it with several layers of crumpled packing paper to create a cushion.
  2. Place the laptop in a protective sleeve/cover; use one that fits snug.
  3. Cover it in Bubble Wrap® and secure it with tape.
  4. Cover the AC adapter and any extra accessories in Bubble Wrap®, and tape them well.
  5. Place the laptop in the box on its edge (like it would travel in a laptop bag) — it’s stronger on the edge than it is lying flat. 
  6. Add the accessories around the computer, and add other lightweight items to fill the box. 
  7. Fill any extra space with crumpled packing paper or bundles of Bubble Wrap.
  8. Tape the box and label it “Computer,” “Fragile,” and “This Side Up.

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If you have any questions about packing a computer or moving with U-Pack, leave a comment below.