Bound for the Last Frontier
(Post updated 11/3/14)
Majestic mountains, rugged backcountry terrain, and vast wilderness – it’s what draws more and more people to embrace Alaska’s motto and head “North to the Future.” Is a move to Alaska in your future plans? If so, you may have some questions about cost, what options you have for moving there, how long it will take to get there, and more. We’ve compiled answers to those questions below. If you don’t see your question, leave a comment and we’ll point you in the right direction.
What are my options for moving to Alaska?
There are several options for moving to Alaska, including driving a rental truck, hiring full-service movers, or combining the best of both worlds and using a “you pack, we drive” service like U-Pack®.
How does U-Pack move to Alaska?
It’s easy (and affordable)! With U-Pack you can ship your items to Alaska, bypassing Canada altogether. You load and unload, and U-Pack does the driving. You’re able to drive in the comfort of your personal vehicle or fly – whatever works best!
Here’s how it works:
- You pack and load a trailer, ReloCube or ocean container (we’ll talk about the different types of equipment in a bit)
- It travels to Tacoma, WA, then the equipment is put on a ship to sail to Alaska (we don’t unload or transfer your belongings)
- Once it arrives in Alaska, we’ll deliver to your final destination
- You unload
How much does moving to Alaska cost?
Get a free moving quote online to see the price to move to Alaska with U-Pack – just enter the basic information about your move, and we’ll email your quote. Or, you can get an instant quote by calling 800-413-4799. U-Pack quotes include delivery/pick-up, transportation costs (including fuel), and standard liability coverage.
Most people moving to Alaska find that U-Pack is the most affordable way to move – especially compared to full-service movers. It’s a great way to stay within your budget without driving a rental truck.
How long does it take to move to Alaska?
The time it takes to move to Alaska depends a lot on the type of service you use to move there. U-Pack ships out of Tacoma twice a week, so transit times average 10-14 days. Of course, the time it takes in a rental truck depends on how many miles you’re able to drive in a day. Keep in mind that most rental truck companies give you a set number of days to complete your move and tack on additional charges if you go over. Full-service moving companies can take anywhere from 1-2 months to deliver to Alaska.
What equipment is best for my Alaska move?
U-Pack offers three options for Alaska moves: a moving trailer, an ocean container or ReloCubes.
The type of equipment we use depends on where you’re moving and how much you’re moving. Though each option is a bit different, they offer a common perk – your belongings are not co-mingled or unloaded. They stay where they’re loaded until you unload at the destination.
Here’s what you can expect:
Moving trailers can be delivered to most major Alaskan cities (and some small ones), and military bases like Elmendorf AFB. With this option, a 28 ft. trailer is delivered to your home, you load it, and you pay only for the space you use (with a 5 ft. minimum). It’s a great option for both small and large moves!
The 40 ft. ocean container is an option we use for many large moves. It can be delivered door-to-door in many areas where the trailer isn’t able to go. Unlike the trailer, the cost for an ocean container is on a “per container” basis rather than paying by the linear foot.
The ReloCube is ideal for smaller moves and moves that don’t require door delivery. One 6’ x 7’ x 8’ container holds approximately one room of furnishings. You can reserve as many as you think you’ll need, and pay only for what you use. Unlike the trailer and ocean container, with this option you’ll do your unloading at the local service center in Anchorage – door delivery isn’t available.
Need help figuring out the best equipment for your move? Call us at 800-413-4799 and we’ll be happy to assist you.
Can U-Pack deliver to my door in Alaska?
We offer door delivery to many locations in Alaska; however, there are some areas where the terrain or distance from the service center prevents us from delivering to the door. The best way to determine if your specific location is within our service area is to call 800-413-4799 and speak with an Alaskan specialist, or request a quote online.
Can I store my belongings if I’m moving to Alaska?
No problem! U-Pack offers storage in transit. You can load the equipment and store at the service center in Tacoma until you’re ready for delivery, or you can store at the service center closest to your origin city – whatever fits your needs best.
What else should I know about moving to Alaska?
The Milepost is a great resource if you plan to drive your personal vehicle on the AL-CAN Highway to Alaska. It features mile-by-mile information (including where to stop for gas and food).
You may need a passport to move to Alaska depending on how you travel there.
If possible, try to travel to Alaska during the warmer months (typically May through September) to avoid hazardous weather conditions.
- While you can’t move to Alaska for free, it’s possible that you can get paid to live there.
Ready to start your new Alaskan adventure?
Go U-Pack! We look forward to helping you move to Alaska the easy, affordable way. Call 800-413-4799 for an instant quote or get your quote online.
If you have questions about moving to Alaska, leave a comment below. We’re always happy to help.