How to Pack for a Long-Distance Move: A Quick Guide
Did you know realtors sold over 6 million homes in the U.S in 2020? And as cities get more crowded, people will want to relocate to areas that are quieter and less packed. But, as you can imagine, long-distance moving can be a real challenge, especially if you don’t know how to pack.
Are you planning a long-distance move? If so, you’re going to need some packing tips to reduce some of the stress moving causes. So, by the end of this article, you’ll be packing like a pro!
Create a Packing Timeline
More often than not, people start packing their belongings at random, which can either leave you without a clean pair of underwear or no room for your cutlery! So, be sure to create a detailed packing timeline that’ll guide you through every step of the move. For example, you can start packing non-essential items found in the garage or attic four weeks before the big move.
And one day before the move, you can pack up important documents, perishable food, and toiletries. Alternatively, you could hire a moving company to pack and move all of your belongings, so you don’t have to break a sweat.
Get Rid of Things You Never Use
As you already know, packing for a move is stressful, especially if you plan to pack every single knick-knack you own. So, if you want to reduce your stress, it would be best if you went through your belongings and put aside items you no longer use. Once you do that, you could either donate the items to a local charity or sell them for extra cash.
Prepare a Moving Kit
Since it’s a long-distance move, you’ll most likely be on the road for hours or even days, which means you’ll want to make sure you have certain travel essentials. These things can help your road trip feel less stressful, especially if you have young children. Here are a couple of things you should consider having:
- Toothbrushes and toothpaste
- Change of clothes
- Snacks and drinks
Additionally, you’ll want to check ahead of time to see where you could stop to use the restroom and stretch your legs. As you can see, preparing ahead of time a moving kit will save you time and remove a good amount of stress.
Nothing is worse than moving into your new home and not knowing where your clothes or other important household items are. That’s why you should color code and label all of your boxes so that when you arrive at your new home, you know where everything is located. Additionally, you’ll want to keep an inventory list close at hand so you can check that all of your belongings arrived safely.
Long-Distance Move Is Easier Than You Think
Hopefully, with these tips, your long-distance move will go smoothly. But, of course, moving will always bring some stress, so make sure to take a few minutes to breathe during your move. So, don’t wait for the moving day, and start packing the right way today!
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