Long Distance Moving Tips
Advice for long distance moves
When gearing up for a big move, taking the time to prepare and plan will make a world of difference. Whether planning your first long distance move or brushing up on helpful information, knowing the best way to plan and execute the move will help reduce stress and improve your experience.
10 Tips for Long Distance Moving
U-Pack has handled more than 1,000,000 household moves since 1997, and we've gained a lot of knowledge over the years. Here's a compilation of our favorite tips and advice to make moving long distance easier:
1. Follow a moving checklist. There are many tasks to complete before moving, but having a list ensures nothing is forgotten. This checklist covers 8 weeks of planning, and it helps you keep track of everything from packing and loading to transferring utilities and medical records.
2. Get the right packing supplies. One of the best tips for moving long distance is to have the right box and protective packing supplies for each item. Using quality supplies will protect your belongings, which is important on a long trip. Don’t forget specialty items like mattress bags or dish boxes, which are made to keep those specific items safe during transit.
3. Color coordinate the move. Assign each room a color and coordinate moving labels to match. When packing, group items that will go into the same room. Mark each box on the top and all sides, so the label is easily seen no matter how the boxes are stacked. When you get to the new home, put color-coded signs on the doorways of each room so unloading and unpacking is easy.
4. Pack drawers in bags. Use zip top bags to keep the contents of kitchen, bedroom or bathroom drawers together. For example, all cooking utensils will go into one bag and everything from your bedside table drawers will go into another bag. You can then pack the bags into boxes. When you arrive, all of your items will be ready to unpack.
5. Don’t pack perishables. Any perishable food should either be consumed or donated before moving. Because moving equipment isn’t temperature controlled and food freshness can’t be guaranteed, you can’t leave frozen food in the freezer or pack it on ice in the moving truck. Pantry items, like boxed pasta or canned goods, can be moved.
6. Make a special box for kids or pets. If moving with kids or pets, set aside anything you’ll need for the trip or upon arrival at the new home to take with you. For children, that may mean their favorite toys, a special blanket or their nightlight. For pets, that could be their leash, bowls, and their bed. Make sure not to pack any of these special items into the moving trailer.
7. Make an essentials box. There are things you’ll need pretty quickly once you arrive at your new home in order to clean, unpack and get settled. All of these items should be packed together and loaded last (so they can be unloaded first). An essentials box should include items like: an all-purpose cleaner, paper towels, hand soap, toilet paper, disposable cutlery, paper plates, utility knife, scissors, light bulbs, hammer, screwdrivers, trash bags, towels and a flashlight.
8. Schedule donation pickup. If there are any unwanted items that you’ve cleaned out while packing, set them aside to donate. Many organizations will pick up your contributions, so you don’t have to find time to drop them off. Find out more about donating household items.
9. Check on parking permits. If you’re parking the truck or trailer on a street, at an apartment complex or storage facility, or in a residential area with a Home Owner’s Association, a parking permit may be required. The city planning office or police department should be able to determine whether or not a permit is needed and give you instructions for obtaining one.
10. Book travel ahead of time. With a long distance move, you need to plan for your travel before moving day arrives. Whether that means buying a plane or train ticket or booking hotel stays, scheduling things in advance will make it easier to get to your destination. If driving, consider mapping out your route and stops before you hit the road — think of fuel, food and fun stops.
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The more you know, the better prepared you’ll be for the move! Check out these helpful resources, and let us know if you have any questions about moving. Leave a comment or call us at 800-413-4799 to speak with a helpful moving consultant.