How to Ship a Laptop

Wednesday, 02 May 2018
How to Ship a Laptop

Want to know how to ship a laptop in the most secure way? Stick to the following steps for the best way to ship a laptop:

  1. Arrange collection with a reliable courier

    Find a courier that is able to ship your laptop to your destination. Find out how affordable it is to ship with Send My Bag using our free quick quote tool.
    How to ship a laptop
  2. Consider whether you need to remove the battery

    When shipping a laptop to some destinations, such as Australia, you must remove the lithium battery completely from the shipment. For most other destinations, you must leave the lithium battery within its casing. Note that one lithium battery only is permitted per international shipment.
    How to ship a laptop
  3. Place the laptop in its original packaging

    Ideally, you want to first place the laptop in the box it was sold in, together with any protective packing such as moulded cardboard or polystyrene. If you no longer have the original packaging, choose a box only slightly larger than the laptop and make sure you protect the laptop with several layers of padding, such as bubble wrap.
    How to ship a laptop
  4. Secure the original packing

    Once the laptop box has been appropriately padded out you can go ahead and seal this box with parcel tape or duct tape. You can then wrap the box itself in some extra protective packaging material.
    How to ship a laptop
  5. Place the original packaging in a larger box

    Next, you must locate a larger box into which the original retail box can be placed. This larger box should be a double-walled shipping box. You should suspend the retail box inside the larger box using protective packaging on all sides, such as sturdy cardboard, polystyrene or lots of packaging peanuts.
    How to ship a laptop
  6. Don’t forget about laptop accessorieS

    Wrap any laptop accessories such as laptop adapters in their own layer of bubble wrap and place into the package for shipping.
    How to ship a laptop
  7. Include shipping information and contact details

    It is a good idea to place shipping information and contact details within the package in case labels detach from the outside of the box.
    How to ship a laptop
  8. Secure the outer box

    Close up the outer box with plenty of tape. Also use tape to strengthen the sides and corners of the outer box.
    How to ship a laptop
  9. Attach all necessary shipping and customs labels

    Print out your shipping labels and make sure they are attached securely to your package, as well as any necessary customs information.
    How to ship a laptop
  10. Pass the shipment on to the courier

    To ship your laptop to your destination, you simply need to hand your package over to your courier and ensure that someone is available to take receipt of it at the other end. With Send My Bag you can track your shipment every step of the way using the Send My Bag app.
    How to ship a laptop

Note that no matter how carefully you package your laptop for shipment, you still run the risk of your item being damaged in transit. Electrical items are excluded from Send My Bag’s complimentary insurance cover.

To learn more about shipping your laptop, watch our video on sending electrical items with Send My Bag.

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