Tips for Moving in the Summer

By Chad Bennett for

Summer is finally here and it is a season for sunshine, BBQs, vacations, and fun filled outings. It is also the most popular seasons for moving. Don’t let the scorching heat keep you from completing your move. Keep cool during your summer move with these useful pointers:

Drink Plenty of Water

When your body loses more water than it is receiving, dehydration occurs. Dehydration can not only happen while being in the sweltering heat (sweating=losing water) but also while moving. The combination of sweating, lifting, and packing heavy items can really put you at risk of not only dehydration but heat strokes as well. Make sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of ice cold water and/or athletic beverages that contain hydrating electrolytes. If you are not the one packing and moving your items, be sure to supply your movers with waters and snacks to keep them hydrated and energized. It will help speed the process up.

Dress For The Occasion

Open toe shoes, bathing suits, sunhats, and accessories (sunglasses, necklaces, bracelets, rings, etc) are probably not the best items to wear during your next move. These can cause injuries while moving or just be uncomfortable after a couple of hours of working. Play it safe by wearing loose clothing for breathability   and comfortable sneakers with socks for support. Light-colored cotton tee-shirt or tank top, a pair of comfortable jeans or shorts is great recommendations for moving.

Keep Perishables Cool

Cleaning out the fridge before the day of your move is smart, but what are you going to do with those items during your move? You can either bring the cold items separately over to your new home and put them into the fridge/freezer immediately or pack them in a cooler filled with ice. Either way, just makes sure to not refreeze frozen items that have defrosted since these items may cause illnesses if consumed.

Keep fans and A/C units out and running

Don’t pack the cooling air conditioners and fans until you are absolutely ready to leave your home. Try to keep them running in your home throughout the day so you can have a cool place to relax after putting each box into the moving company’s truck. These items should also be the first things installed and turned on in your new home so you can cool your new place down before moving your boxes in.

Safety Comes First

Accidents can happen if you are careless and rush through your move. Lugging a couple of boxes at a time to make less trips may sound good in theory but can result in a major injury. Lift only what you are confident in handling, walk slowly, and don’t be afraid to take a break. Remember that moving takes awhile to get done, so be patient and work at a manageable pace.

During this moving season, be sure to take precaution to make sure your next move is a success. Don’t forget to stay hydrated, wear comfortable clothes, and staying cool.

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