Simple Tips For Packing Up Your Recording Gear

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32 million Americans move to a new home each year, with Washington ranking as the third best state to move to thanks to its affordability, education, healthcare, and quality of life. If you’re preparing for an upcoming move, it’s important to take special care of your recording equipment. As you know, recording gear is fragile and expensive. By taking the correct safety measures, you can ensure your equipment arrives safely and in one piece.

Plan beforehand

Before you start packing, it’s smart to first plan how exactly you’re going to do it, so you don’t make any mistakes and end up with damaged gear. Start by writing up a list of all your items, which may include, instruments, amplifiers, computers, cameras, leads, and connections. You can then work out the boxes and protective packaging you’ll need for all your gear. Larger mixing stations and electronic devices may need to be packaged in wooden storage units. If you’re putting any expensive equipment into long-term storage, custom-made packing boxes may be required. A reputable moving company can provide you with expert advice and help you overcome any logistical challenges.

Use good-quality packing materials

Packaging your recording gear with good-quality materials will help ensure a smooth and successful moving experience. Strong cardboard boxes are a must — make sure they’re sturdy, dry, and clean. If you’ve saved any of the original manufacturer boxes for your equipment, use them for packing. These boxes are perfectly designed to protect your equipment. If you’ve also kept the foam pieces and padding, that’s even better. In particular, it’s important to handle your audio equipment with care so you don’t injure any of its recording abilities, particularly if it’s outdoor audio equipment.

For example, headphones, microphones, and field mixers are common essential pieces of audio gear. These items should be carefully wrapped with bubble wrap and not newspaper, which can potentially leave ink stains. Sufficient padding will keep your audio equipment safe and in place during transportation. Place wads of clean and soft packing paper in the boxes to fill up any remaining space and avoid accidental movements. Alternatively, anti-static packing peanuts or cushioning foam can be used, but these are more expensive. Seal your boxes with good-quality packing tape.

Smart safety tips

You may want to place your most expensive gear in unmarked boxes so as not to attract the unwanted attention of potential thieves. You can also position these items near the back of the storage facility to keep them hidden. Additionally, some equipment may be sensitive to temperature — you can check this with either the manufacturer or storage facility. Any sensitive items will need to be stored in climate-controlled units. Don’t underestimate the importance of labeling boxes containing highly-breakable items. Writing “fragile” and “handle with care” in big black letters on at least two sides of the boxes will increase the chances of your equipment staying safe and secure.

Moving recording equipment can be a challenge. However, following these tips will ensure your collection is protected and arrives safely at your new home.

Chrissy Peters - Guest Blogger

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Chrissy Peters

Is a freelance writer and editor, having previously worked in the home care industry for a decade.

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