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Alaska Moving Companies

By Derek
March 20th, 2009 - 4:27 PM

Alaska Moving
If you're considering Alaska moving companies, I'm sure you've already thought about how to move your household goods, your vehicle(s) and your family. ABF U-Pack moves hundreds of people to Alaska each year.  It's an easy and affordable option for moving to Alaska.

Like a full-service mover – ABF does all of the driving – but you'll pay MUCH less for a U-Pack move since you do the loading and unloading and you pay only for the space you use.  

Here are options for your vehicle and your family:

If you're the adventurous type, you can drive up the Alaska Highway The Alaska or Alaska-Canadian (Al-Can) Highway was built during World War II as a military supply route.  It starts in Dawson Creek, BC and ends in Fairbanks, AK.  Years ago the highway was a marginally maintained gravel road, but today it is a well maintained two-lane paved highway.  You still want to avoid driving it in the winter if possible.  With the proper planning, this can be an enjoyable, once in a lifetime trip.  Here are a few points to keep in mind:

  • A passport isn't required to cross into Canada, but it will be in the future – make sure you keep up-to-date on regulations.  Currently adults only need a photo ID and birth certificate.  Children only need a birth certificate.
  • Controlled items such as alcohol or firearms require special permits to cross the border.  Check with Canadian Customs for details.
  • Have your vehicle serviced before you leave.  The shortest route from the Canadian border to Anchorage is just under 2,500 miles, so you will probably pass your recommended service interval during the trip.  Towing and repairs would be very expensive in remote areas along the highway.
  • Plan your stops ahead of time and take a cooler and gas can for backup. You can stop for food and gas every 50-100 miles, but keep in mind that businesses may not stay open late in smaller towns. 
  • Make reservations for hotels if you will be traveling around any holidays.

If driving this far isn't for you, here are a few other options:

  • Take a commercial flight and let a company like uShip move your vehicle.
  • Drive to a port city such as Seattle.  You can get a much lower rate for shipping your vehicle from a port city and you should get a better rate for you flight.  Instead of flying you might also consider a one-way cruise!
  • The Alaska Marine Highway is a ferry network that allows you to travel with your vehicle all the way to Alaska.  Beware, this isn't a cruise ship.  Accommodations are very spartan.

    Thoroughly research any option you are considering before deciding. 

    U-Pack can take the stress out of moving to Alaska. A little research and planning can make moving your family and your vehicle to Alaska just as easy.

Call 800-355-1696 to get a free moving quote today.