When we were moving down to Mexico in October, I had several miles worth of various cables that I needed to take with me. Network cables, audio cables, USB cables, adapters for various devices, etc. At that point I just had them all thrown into a box and it looked like a huge rats nest. I got to thinking about how it might look to a custom’s officer and decided I needed something that looked a little less disorganized.
My first idea was to wrap everything up with twist ties, but we didn’t have any. So I eventually settled on using Ziplock sandwich bags. It turned out that this worked even better than the ties because it keeps the cables separate so they can’t get tangled up in each other. If you wrap up a wire, put it in a bag and then push all the air out, it tends to stay wrapped up. The clear bags let you easily find the right cable because you can see the ends without having to follow the wire manually to make sure it has the right connector on both sides.