Moving during the summer months can offer special perks as well as challenges. If you are facing a big, cross-country move this summer, here are some things that you can do to make things a little easier on yourself and your family.
Avoid the Holidays
When scheduling the big move, you generally want to avoid the big summer holiday: the Fourth of July weekend. If you are simply hiring the moving service, you don't have to be as concerned about this, but most people choose to also depart around the same time as their movers. Extra traffic can make everything about the move more complicated, so try to stick to other dates.
Explain it To Your Kids as Though It's an Adventure
Few children would line up to stay in the car or moving truck for hours at a time, especially with hot weather on the way. However, you set the tone for how your kids look at the long-distance move. Present it to them as a new opportunity and a total adventure. Point out the positive things that will be gained by your move and explain the fun things that you are going to make the time to do during the moving process. Kids who see it more as a fun road trip will be better behaved, and that is sure to make the move easier on everyone.
Be Prepared for the Worst
When it comes time or bringing the family along on the move, prepare for the worst. Bring the following in the car during a long move in hot weather:
- Miniature fans (at least one per family member)
- Dozens of extra bottles of water
- First aid kit
- Sunscreen with a high SPF (over 30)
- Ice Pack
- Large Hats
- Cooler Filled with Ice
Don't Risk Overheating
Drink plenty of water and encourage your family members to do the same. When it's really hot outside, you may opt to stay in your hotel room for a couple of extra hours. Even if that means paying a little extra for checking out late, it's better to play it safe and avoid any risk of heat stroke than risk moving during the hottest parts of the day. If you can't stay in a hotel, duck into a diner or casual restaurant that doesn't mind travelers who need to camp out for a couple of hours.
Finally, use your best judgment when it comes to facing the hot summer weather during your move. Ask for help when you need it and stay positive because that will have an impact on how the rest of your family reacts when dealing with the unexpected things that pop up throughout your cross-country move.