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How to Relocate to Alaska

May 14th, 2012 - 3:53 PM
Moving to the Last Frontier? Any move seems overwhelming, much less moving thousands of miles away to the frosty state. After helping with thousands of relocations from the contiguous United States to Alaska, we’ve compiled a list of tips to make sure your move goes smooth.

Start with getting moving quotes. You may find that many moving companies in the lower 48 are not able to provide direct service to your door in Alaska. It’s best to start getting moving quotes early to determine what companies do offer direct service, and how much you should expect a long-distance move of this size to cost (budgeting is key). Of course, we recommend starting with a free moving quote from U-Pack! You save money by doing your own loading and unloading, and we do the driving. Since you don’t have to lug your belongings with you, you can travel to Alaska any way you want: fly, sail, or take a scenic road trip – the choice is yours.

Choose a moving company. Once you narrow down the companies who can service your location in Alaska at a price that fits your budget, it’s time to choose the service you’ll use. While driving through Canada to Alaska via the Al-Can Highway may be a fun, scenic drive in your personal vehicle, driving it in a rental truck loaded with your household goods may not be the ideal solution. You’ll be dealing with winding, narrow roads, not to mention that driving through Canada with a truck full of household goods means you have to follow Canadian Customs requirements.

So if that’s out of the question, and full-service moving companies are too pricy (and many are), what is the best way to relocate to Alaska?

We say it’s U-Pack Moving! With door-to-door moving service available to most Alaska cities, it’s a great self-moving alternative. Here’s how it works:

  • We deliver a moving trailer or ReloCube to your home.
  • You load your belongings.
  • We pick it up and drive it to the port in Tacoma, WA.
  • We place it on a ship to sail to our service center in Anchorage, AK (once it reaches Tacoma, it typically takes around five to seven days to get to Anchorage).
  • From there, we deliver the moving trailer or ReloCube right to your door.
  • You unload.

Easy as that! And getting a free moving quote is easy too! Just enter the city and zip code you’re moving from and to, and we’ll provide a price within 24 hours (we recommend providing the exact city since zip codes in Alaska can cover a large area).

Tips for packing for Alaska. As with every move, when you’re relocating to Alaska, it’s necessary to avoid packing the items on the Do Not Ship list. This is especially true if you’re moving something with a small engine (like lawnmowers, ATVs, chainsaws, etc.) since the Coast Guard randomly checks shipments and assess hefty fines for violations. All you have to do to comply to Coast Guard requirements is leave the battery connected (if it has one) and run the engine until it stalls out to drain the tank of fuel. Then, declare the item on your ABF U-Pack Bill of Lading. 

Find a job in Alaska. A great place to start looking for a job is the Alaska Job Center Network. With U-Pack you can expect your move to Alaska to be complete in about two weeks, so it’s a good idea to start looking for employment opportunities early! 

Check out some other helpful posts about how to relocate to Alaska:

Moving to Alaska
How can I move to Alaska?
Alaska Moving and Storage
Moving to Alaska FAQs