Packing

Packing Tips For Packing Up Difficult Items

by Ethan More

Packing those difficult items is often one of the most frustrating aspects of your move or travel in general. Our friends at safeboundmoving.com are here to give you some tips on how to pack all things awkward, delicate, and expensive.

Consider What You Don’t Want On The Truck

If you’re moving for an extended period of time, you should bring a bag with you. If you’re traveling separately to your new home, you’ll need it for any required overnight breaks — and you don’t want to have to unpack before brushing your teeth once you arrive.

If you work from home bring a mobile office with you. You can keep up with work-related crises while on the move if you have your laptop, tablet, charging connections, and all critical papers with you.

Sell Some Stuff

Reducing the quantity of goods you need to move is the easiest approach to make packing easier. Setting aside time to clean and get rid of undesirable or unused belongings will save you a lot of time and money on moving costs.

Sort your possessions into one of three categories: sell, donate, or trash. Anything in good shape should be sold or donated, and anything that isn’t should be thrown away. Some organizations can arrange for furniture or other large things to be picked up; inquire around to see if you may save time and money.

Don’t forget to declutter your closet while you’re at it. If you haven’t worn anything in the previous year, there’s a good probability you won’t wear it this year. Consider giving it to someone who would wear it instead of carrying it with you and taking up important space in your moving boxes.

Cameras

Here’s the issue: While some tourists are pleased to take images with their pocket-sized cellphones, others are willing to go halfway across the world with long-distance movers with their cameras, including lenses, tripods, and memory cards. But what about all your valuables, which are prone to breaking in flight or stolen by less-than-wholesome TSA employees?

Here’s the answer: Because a full-sized camera bag counts as a personal carry-on item, keep your point-and-shoot camera in a compact camera case inside another carry-on. Large DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) camera bodies, lenses, flash units, and storage/memory cards may need the use of a full-size bag—and a thorough check. If this happens, a TSA agent will have to separate your device from the rest of your luggage and scan it individually. Prepare by disassembling your camera and storing each component for easy access before arriving at the airport. Packing and repacking will be easier with a smart camera bag with specialized pockets. Most of these bags come with a removable insert and can be converted into a travel-friendly messenger bag when not in use.

 Laptops

Here’s the issue: Even though today’s computers are slim and light, they’re still heavy to tote around. You’ll have to take yours out of your bag to go through security unless you have the correct TSA-friendly storage case.

Here’s the answer: First and foremost, do you truly require your computer? Leave the laptop at home if you can, and enjoy a blissfully disconnected holiday. Take a tablet that is significantly more compact and can be slid into a bag or handbag. If you need to take your laptop with you on your trip, get a laptop bag that can hold both your computer and your clothing. The double-compartment bag contains a security-friendly pullout computer sleeve as well as a separate section for your garments. Just remember: Your laptop should never, ever be placed in checked baggage, lest it come home in two decidedly portable, albeit useless, pieces.

 Wine & Other Fancy Beverages

Here’s the issue: Whether you were enjoying sauvignon in Napa or sampling rose in Provence, you’ll almost certainly want to carry some vino home with you. What exactly is the problem here? Wine bottles shatter all too often, and unless you bought them at the airport’s (sometimes outrageously expensive) duty-free shop, you won’t be able to take your purchases with you.

Here’s the answer: If you buy crates of wine in your destination, consider having them transported back to your house. (Note that several jurisdictions in the United States restrict or limit the quantity of wine and liquor that can be sent.) You can pack your wine—carefully—if you’re only buying a few bottles. Oenophiles, take note of the following restrictions on your libations: While the TSA forbids beverages with an alcohol level of more than 70%, beverages with an alcohol content of less than 24%, such as wine, have no such restriction. Just make sure you don’t exceed your airline’s weight restrictions for checked luggage and stick to duty limits in overseas destinations. More information on duty restrictions for stateside travelers may be found on the US Customs and Border Protection website.

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