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Tips For Storing Board And Card Games


Packing up your board and card game collection for placing in your storage unit may seem simple at first, but you need to take some steps to make sure everything is protected. Otherwise, you may be surprised to find your favorite game mildewed or chewed up by pests when you go to retrieve it. The following tips can help you make sure everything comes out of storage in the same condition it went in.

Tip #1: Remove the batteries

Some board games have electronic components, such as timers, which require batteries. If anything lights up, buzzes, or talks, there is some sort of battery involved. Check the game device for regular batteries or a small button cell, and then remove it. It is best not to keep it stored with the game, but, if you must, at least put it in a sealed plastic bag in case the batteries leak acid.

Tip #2: Package up the board games

Individual packaging for each game helps keep everything together and organized in storage. For board games, make sure the boxes are in good condition. Tape up any broken corners or transfer the game contents into a plastic shoe storage box. Place small pieces in a plastic zip-top bag and label the bag with the name of game they belong to. This way, if anything does get loose or separated, you can quickly identify where it goes.

Tip #3: Protect card games

Many card games are also considered collectible. The best way to store these is in special plastic card boxes. Hard to find or valuable cards should be kept in acid-free storage sleeves for further protection. Another storage option is to keep the cards separated in sleeves inside of a storage album, similar to baseball card albums.

Tip #4: Box properly

Plastic storage tubs are the way to go, since they will protect cards and boards from water and pest damage. Stack game boxes on their side vertically. This way no boxes end up on the bottom, where they could be crushed. Don't pack things in too tightly, either, since this can crush the boxes. Fill in any empty spaces with crumpled up acid-free packing paper.

Tip #5: Pick the climate controlled unit

To further protect your games, opt for a climate controlled unit. These typically are humidity-controlled, which further ensures all of your games are safe.

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11 July 2016