Alarm clocks are handy gadgets for frequent travelers. Whether staying in a posh hotel suite or a tent in the woods, these devices can help make sure that you don’t oversleep and miss an important business meeting or run out of time exploring your destination. They come in different models but are always compact and light-weight. These clocks also come in a wide price range, from cheap to quite expensive, that can fit any budget, making them popular gifts for the holidays or other occasions.
Because they are meant to be taken along during trips, most travel alarm clocks are designed to be small and sturdy. Some even come with their own cases made from a variety of materials including leather, plastic, and steel. However, a travel alarm clock must still be properly packed to keep its electronic and mechanical parts safe from impact and ensure that the entire device withstands the rigors of shipping. Here are tips on how to properly pack and ship a travel alarm clock.
Remove any batteries from the clock. You do not want to bring a ticking package in the post office! If you should include batteries, insert new batteries (preferably still in their blister packs) inside the package.
If the clock comes with its own case, make sure to close it. Then wrap the clock in bubble wrap and place in a small box. Use more bubble wrap to fill spaces inside the box and keep the item from moving. The original packaging box can also be used.
When shipping as a gift, you may opt to wrap the box in a gift wrapper and attach a gift tag with greetings as well as the name of the recipient.
Place the small box inside a larger shipping box with a layer of packing peanuts or bubble wrap at the bottom. Fill the empty spaces on the sides and top with more packing materials to prevent the inner box from moving. Close the outer box and seal with packaging tape.
Address and label the package and bring to your local post office of shipping company.