Tips For Packing, Storing And Moving Your Music Collection

Posted on: 28 July 2015

In this age of digital downloads and streaming music services, many tried and true music lovers are still unwilling to part with their collection of CDs and vinyl. If you count yourself amongst this group, chances are you've taken impeccable care of your collection, and are worried about the potential damage that can occur during a move. Taking a few extra steps to ensure your vinyl and CDs are properly boxed, stored and transported will help prevent any unwanted scratches, nicks and other damage from occurring:

Tips For Packing and Moving Your Record Collection

Your vinyl collection is precious, and not just because it brings back memories of your childhood. The plastics used to manufacture both vintage and modern vinyl is very fragile, and can be easily damaged – especially when exposed to excessive heat.

Getting your record collection to your new home without causing any major damage can be tricky, but there are a few extra precautions you can take to help ensure the music goes on:

  • Start By Washing Your Hands – Always wash and dry your hands before handling your vinyl records. This helps ensure any oils, lotions or other substances on your skin won't cause any damage.

  • Purchase Plenty of Polyethylene Sleeves – Storing your vinyl in its original jacket at home provides the best protection. However, once you're ready to transport the records, The Vinyl Frontier recommends carefully removing each record from its jacket before slipping them individually into polyethylene sleeves. These sleeves are available online or at your local department store for a very reasonable price.

  • Buy the Right Boxes – Once your records are stored in the polyethylene sleeve, it's time to stack them vertically inside a box. Look for cardboard boxes or plastic totes that don't provide much extra space around the records. Fill any unused space with crumpled newspaper or packing peanuts.

  • Keep the Temperature Cool – If your record collection is modest, the best way to haul the boxes to your new home is in the backseat of your car. Keep the temperatures as cool as you can, which will help prevent any heat-related damage. If you're forced to transport the albums in a van or moving truck, try to look for a vehicle with a temperature controlled storage area.

If you're forced to store your vinyl collection during or after the move, once again look for a facility that offers climate-controlled units.

How to Get Your CDs From Point A to Point B Without a Scratch

Even though they're less fragile than records, CDs still require extra care when packing and transporting. Here are a few tips to help ensure your beloved CD collection doesn't suffer any damage:

  • Keep The CDs in Their Package – Transporting the CDs in their original packaging will provide the best protection. Securing the edge of the packaging with a piece of tape will help ensure each doesn't accidentally pop open.

  • Stack Them Carefully – It's perfectly okay to stack the CDs horizontally or vertically. If you have some extra cardboard laying around, cut a few pieces the same size as the CD packaging and slip a chunk of the cardboard between each package. This will help provide a little extra padding.

  • Ensure a Snug Fit – Just like your vinyl, once you're done packing each box, fill any remaining gaps with some newspaper, packing peanuts or whatever will provide some additional padding.

Although they might not be the latest fad, your vinyl or compact disc collection is still precious to you, and deserves to be handled with great care. The key to getting your collection through the move without damage is to ensure they're packed correctly and transported by you or professional movers as quickly and gently as possible.