How to Pack a Computer for Shipping

A computer is an expensive piece of electronic equipment that can be easily damaged by transit shock or vibration. A computer requires special care to protect its valuable internal and external components when being packed for shipment. Ideally, the original manufacturer's packaging should be reused and enclosed within a new exterior box suitable for shipping. However, if the original packaging is unavailable, the computer may be safely packed and shipped within appropriately-sized boxes. Read the article below to learn how to pack a computer for shipping.


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    Disconnect the computer cables, accessories and peripherals. This includes the monitor, keyboard and mouse. Ensure that all cables are organized, untangled and enclosed in a small bag or box.
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    Wrap the computer and peripherals in a suitable air-cellular cushioning material. Ensure that all parts are covered by at least 3-to-4 inches (7-to-10 cm) of plastic bubble wrap. Wrap each computer accessory separately to ensure maximum protection.
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    Pack the wrapped computer tower inside a sturdy, cardboard box. Choose a box slightly larger than the computer to eliminate large areas of open space. Place the computer upright and fill all remaining space with additional cushioning. You want to ensure a tight fit so the computer fits snugly and will not shift during transit.
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    Pack the computer monitor and accessories in the same manner as the computer tower, using appropriately-sized boxes.
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    Place the packed computer boxes inside one large exterior box. You will, again, need to ensure that all boxes fit snugly to eliminate shifting during transit. Fill all open spaces with cushioning, foam or loose-fill packing material to ensure a tight fit.
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    Close and seal the exterior box securely with packing tape. Use at least 3 strips of pressure-sensitive tape to ensure a tight seal.


  • Label the exterior of the box FRAGILE to ensure proper precautions are taken when shipped.
  • Keyboards, cables, and mice may be packed in the same box as the computer tower.

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