From finding a new home to saying goodbye to your most cherished people, long distance moves are often mentally, emotionally and physically difficult. Not only must you organize packing and relocating, you must also plan a road trip. A long distance move weighs heavy on the entire family, including pets, but it does not have to be the most stressful experience of your life. There are a few ways that you can decrease stress and have an easier moving experience. Here is how you can have a smooth long distance move.
1. Make the Trip Fun
Driving long distances over a day, or several days, can stir up irritability and be very exhausting, especially after weeks of moving preparation. To spice up the not-so-interesting task of driving to your new home, make the trip fun by planning a road trip vacation. Research landmarks and stops along the way that the whole family can enjoy.
Consider camping in a beautiful park or, if camping does not appeal to you, stay the night in a great bed and breakfast. Do not forget to find the best eateries in the areas you are passing through; you may get the opportunity to eat at some of the best restaurants in Canada. Think of your long distance move as a big vacation. Take your time and make the trip enjoyable.
2. Pack Snacks
You may drive a long time without finding a good place to stop to eat and drink. For this reason, it is important to pack plenty of snacks and drinks for the road trip part of your long distance move. Relocating is stressful enough without driving while hungry for several hours — or driving with hungry children. If you have pets, be sure that you pack their food and water as well.
3. Plan Stops
Even if you are not going to be sightseeing through your long distance move, it is important to plan frequent stops, especially if you have pets or small children. It is healthy to give everyone the opportunity to get out of the vehicle, walk to stretch their legs and use the restroom.
If you are pulling a trailer or driving a moving van, this is a great time to check straps or equipment and make sure that your belongings are being held safely in place. Do not forget to refuel your vehicle at every available opportunity if you will be driving through very scarce areas.
4. Hire a Moving Company
Hiring a moving company can decrease your stress levels tremendously as you undertake a long distance move. Let the professionals handle some of the hard work, the major packing and moving your belongings, so that you may focus on staying organized, finding a new home and spending quality time with the friends and family that you may be leaving behind.
Bradford Moving and Storage are professional movers who are dedicated to helping your long distance move go smooth. For more information on moving long distance, view our Long Distance Movers page.