Moving is always a pain. But, having to move when it’s 95 degrees and humid outside? Well, that’s pretty much an entire new form of torture.
It’s hard to decide what’s worse—moving in intense heat or moving in a blizzard. Both bring a certain form of misery. But, oppressively hot temperatures when you’re charged with running in and out of a moving van or up and down stairs might just take the cake.
Needing to move on a ridiculously hot day will never be fun. However, there are a few things you can do to take at least a little bit of the pain out of the process. Check out these tips, and get prepped for your hot, hot, hot moving day.
1. Take Breaks
It’s easy to get overly eager on your moving day—you want to be moved in and finished with the whole hassle as fast as humanly possible. However, even if it seems like it might slow you down, it’s important that you remember to take frequent breaks.
Sure, it might mean your moving day takes an hour or so longer. But, in the end, that’s much less of a roadblock than getting sick with heat stroke or feeling absolutely terrible at the end of the day. Resist the urge to power through and ensure you’re giving yourself (and your moving team!) plenty of necessary breaks.
2. Stay Hydrated
While you’re taking those breaks? You should be slamming tons and tons of water.
Water is important for your hydration on any given day. But, since you’ll be exerting yourself and sweating—meaning your body is actually losing water—you’ll need to make sure that you’re replenishing those fluids that you’re losing. Plus, your mom was always right—water is just good for you.
3. Consider Timing
Chances are, you’ve already checked the weather forecast for your moving day. And, if you’ve noticed that it’s going to be a scorcher on the day you need to haul all your stuff, you’re going to want to plan accordingly.
That means you’re not going to want to move in the afternoon when temperatures are at their absolute hottest. Instead, aim to move early morning or early evening. It might still be hot, but it won’t be quite as miserable as if you moved at those peak heat hours.
4. Pack Smart
If you’re planning for a hot, summertime move, you’ll want to give some extra consideration to where you’re packing a few important things.
For example, you’re not going to want your makeup or electronics stashed away in that stuffy, tin can of a moving truck—where they can easily melt or malfunction. Additionally, your medications shouldn’t get above a certain temperature either.
Avoid putting these things in the moving van, and instead keep them with you. They can be the first thing you move into your air conditioned place, so you can ensure that everything is safe and works properly—without being damaged by the heat.
5. Hire a Pet Sitter
When you’re already tasked with a stressful move on a hot day, the last thing you’re going to want to have to worry about is your pets.
Instead, put your pets in daycare or find someone who can watch them for the day. You won’t have to worry about them being trapped in the heat for too long—or getting in the way of your movers.
Moving in the heat likely isn’t your idea of a good time. But, if you implement these five tips, you’ll be able to make it at least a little easier on yourself. The last thing to do? Kick up your feet and crack open a cold drink—you’ve earned it.
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