Any time you have to pack up your belongings and transport them to a new place it is a trying feat for sure. However, throw a few kids in the mix and several miles of travel distance and you have yourself a recipe for gray hair by the time the ordeal is over. Even though attempting a long distance move with children in tow can be like a trying adventure, there are some things that you can do to make the process a little easier to bear. There is a simple ABC rule set you can use to help you maintain your sanity--and your hair color--while moving a long distance with kids.
Always make sure that your kids know what to expect.
Older kids may understand what moving is, but little ones may be completely confused by the whole ordeal. All they know is that you are packing all of their things. Make sure you keep little ones in the know by explaining what is going to take place so they are not blindsided later on when they see all of their things being loaded into a vehicle or you show up at a strange place. By communicating the process, you will be much less likely to run into a frightened meltdown later on.
Be sure to pack an emergency supply kit with you in the car.
While you are packing everything, make sure you don't pack up all of the little necessities that you may need on your trip. Create an emergency kit to keep with you in the car that includes things like:
- Extra diapers or pull-ups and wipes
- Snacks for the ride
- Extra formula
- A few favorite toys
- First-aid supplies
- Something familiar from home like a blanket or pillow
Create a detailed schedule and stick with it.
The better you schedule the long distance moving process, the smoother everything will go with your children. Be sure to schedule stops on your route and research in advance to get to know kid-friendly eateries and places where you all can stop and stretch your legs or take a break from driving.
Don't forget to save a box of favorite toys for the end of packing.
Prolong packing your children's favorite things until the very end of the packing process. This will not only give the kids something to play with while you are packing, but packing this box last will ensure that it is one of the last things loaded into the moving vehicle and also one of the first things you pull off when you get to where you are going.
If you need a little help with your move, consider contacting local moving companies, such as Men On The Move, to make the process a little smoother.