Next up: packing your computer into one box to keep it safe and undamaged. Here is how you do it:
Use the right box
Use a dishpak box to securely pack your computer. Dishpaks are specially designed to handle and protect fragile items. You can find dishpak boxes at moving companies, box stores and home improvement stores. If you can’t find dishpaks, use double corrugated boxes. You also will need lots of recyclable packing paper, bubble wrap and packing tape.
Put the box together. Use packing tape to double- tape on the bottom of the box over the opening and across the middle. Then double-tape the perimeter for extra support.
After taping, pack the bottom of the box with crumpled packing paper for padding.
Always pack your heaviest items first, and use plenty of bubble wrap.
To wrap a computer tower and monitor:
● Place bubble wrap on a flat surface with the pop side facing up.
● Place your computer tower standing upright on top of the bubble wrap. Pull the wrap over and tape it all together.
● Repeat with the tower by placing it on its side. Pull the bubble wrap over the sides and tape. Keep taping until the wrap is securely tight to the tower and on all sides so the tower is completely covered. Place it upright, vertically in the box.
● Lay more bubble wrap on the flat surface with the pop side facing up and place your monitor on top. Wrap and tape the entire monitor in bubble wrap. Then place it vertically in the box next to the computer tower.
Before packing your keyboard, mouse and speakers, stuff packing paper in open spaces between the tower and monitor to ensure they cannot shift. Pack some paper on top for extra cushion.
Now wrap your keyboard and mouse by rolling them in packing paper and place them in the top of the box.
Then wrap up your carefully wrapped and color-coded computer wires by also wrapping them in the packing paper. Tape the paper around the wires to secure them and place them at the very top of the box. Fill the rest of the box with crumpled packing paper. Label the wrapped-up items with a marking pen: “cords,” “mouse,” etc. so they don’t get mistaken for the crumpled-up packing paper.
Tape and label
Tape the box shut by double-taping over the opening and across the middle. Then double-tape along the top perimeter of the box for extra security. Label the box with the contents and the room where the computer should go. Make sure to mark FRAGILE on all sides of the box.