Whether you’re moving down the street or across the country, there’s no doubt that packing up everything and getting settled in a new place can be a bit of a pain. But, that’s especially true if your moving day involves hours and hours of traveling. Stressful traffic, long periods crammed in a loud and breezy moving van, and the anticipation of arriving at your new digs—it all makes for a day that’s less than perfect.
But, your long move doesn’t need to be completely miserable! Do it right, and it can even be a little bit exciting. Don’t believe me? Here are five tips you need in order to survive your ridiculously long move.
1. Wear Something Comfortable
If you’re going to be spending hours traveling, you at least want to be somewhat comfortable. So, ensure that you wear some clothes that stretch a little—so you’re not left feeling miserable during your trip.
It’s also a great idea to dress in layers, so that you’re adequately prepared for the frigid AC of the moving van or any other large shifts in temperatures during your travels.
2. Stop for Frequent Breaks
It’s not good for you to stay seated in the same position for long periods of time. Plus, it means you’ll just feel cramped up and achey by the time you actually need to start hauling everything into your new place. So, make sure that you’re stopping for frequent breaks when you can stretch your muscles and even walk around for a bit. It’ll keep your blood flowing, ease the tension in your legs, and even perk you up a little bit!
3. Create a Playlist
Let’s face it—no road trip is complete without some amazing tunes to help you through your lengthy travels. So, take the time to put together a great playlist filled with songs that you love. It’ll make the drive go by faster, and also keep your spirits lifted the entire way—even if you end up with a flat tire or in a ridiculous traffic jam.
4. Stock Up on Water and Snacks
Of course, staying hydrated is important. And, sometimes you forget to drink plenty of water when you’re cooped up in the car. So, make sure that you bring plenty of water bottles along for the ride so you aren’t dehydrated by the time you reach your destination. Also, you’re bound to get hungry, so pack a bag with some of your favorite snacks. Moving is stressful, so you might as well enjoy some tasty eats while you’re doing it!
5. Ensure You Have Directions
Moving is a hassle. But, being completely lost when you’re trying to steer a boxy moving van around town? Well, there are very few things that are worse than that. So, before hitting the open road, ensure that you understand thorough directions for how to get to your new home. If nothing else, use a GPS to get you there without a hitch!
Dealing with a long move can be a pain. But, if you do it right, it can actually be somewhat exciting and enjoyable. Put these tips into play and get ready for one heck of a road trip!
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