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Long Distance Moving

Moving long distance can be extremely daunting. Starting over somewhere new is both exciting and stressful, and leaving your home, friends, and routines behind is never easy. Luckily, The Moving & Storage Pros get it, which is why we are here to help. 

Taking the time to properly prepare and schedule for long distance moving is essential. Planning each step can help take some of the stress away as well as make the packing process quicker and more efficient. Whether you are planning your first big move or are a seasoned moving pro, The Moving & Storage Pros have got your back. This long distance movers’ checklist will help you make your move a successful one.

How to Prepare for a Long Distance Move

  1. Make an inventory. Planning exactly what you need to bring will help prioritize what you need to pack. Moving companies will also need to know how much stuff you have in order to provide you with services that will suit your specific needs. By preparing an inventory list, you will be able to give them an approximate amount. An inventory list will also help you keep track of your things when you unpack.
  2. Purge unnecessary items. After you’ve made an inventory list, you will be able to see how many unnecessary items you have. Whether you have one too many pairs of shoes or too many action figures, getting rid of some things will help you save space and money for the long distance move. Many thrift shops or shelters will gladly accept donations of used clothing items or toys to help people in need, giving you peace of mind about giving up items as well as helping those in need. These places will sometimes even offer to pick up your donations, giving you more time to focus on packing.
  3. Organize and pack.  Organizing your items into categories will help you keep track of what goes where, as well as keep valuable or fragile items separate. Using space-saving tricks like vacuum bags for fluffy coats and stacking plates will also help you save on moving expenses. Using cardboard boxes is helpful for stacking, as well as writing your items on each box to help keep track of where things are. You can also mark boxes with breakable items such as china or coffee mugs as fragile. Avoid packing items such as perishable food or cold items, as they can make a mess and go bad during long distance moves.
  4. Prepare your transportation. It is important to stay ahead of the big move by deciding how you will get yourself to your new home. There are many options for travel, like taking a plane, a bus, or a car. Depending on how much you are taking with you, you might consider driving long-distance to your new home. If this is the case, be sure to get your car serviced, keep a pair of jumper cables in your trunk, and stock up on snacks and water to ensure a safe and smooth journey.

Moving Essentials Kit

Once you’ve decided on how and when you are getting to your new home, it is time to consider packing an essentials kit. Whether you are flying, driving, or taking another form of transportation, there are certain items you will need on-hand at all times that should not be packed into a moving van or in areas that are inaccessible. 

Start with a bag. If you have minimal space, a soft bag such as a duffel bag or backpack works best to tuck under seats or hold on a lap. If you have a bit more space, a small suitcase is also a good choice. Pack essential and important items: passports, medication, chargers, basic toiletries, a change of clothes, and any other important documents. If you are travelling with children or pets, be sure to include any documents, medications, or other essentials they might need as well.

Long Distance Moving with Children

Long distance moving is tough, and adding small children to the mix only makes things harder. The Moving & Storage Pros are happy to help; whether you plan to pack it all yourself or leave it to the pros, The Moving & Storage Pros have options that suit every need. Let us help pack while you keep an eye or your kids and prepare for the long drive or flight. Don’t worry, your child’s favorite teddy will be safe with us.

Children are a handful at the best of times, which is why it is important to plan ahead for long distance moves with kids. Consider packing a moving day bag of fun things like crayons and a coloring book, a charged iPad, a few small toys, their favorite snacks, and even a few pieces of candy. If you pack their moving day bag ahead of time, you can let your children know that they will be able to open it on moving day so that they have something to look forward to if they are feeling upset by the move. You can also consider traveling in the evening so that your children may sleep during the journey.

Long Distance Moving with Pets

Moving with pets can add to the already stressful event. However, preparing well in advance can help ease stress. Begin by double-checking your pets collars and ID tags, as well as microchips. It might also be worth a trip to the vet if your pet gets carsick to get a prescription medication to help. If you plan to stop overnight, make sure to find pet-friendly lodging, and never leave your pets in your vehicle unattended.

While The Moving & Storage Pros are trained professionals providing smooth packing and moving, it is possible that your pets may become frightened by the noise or people in their home while packing. Keep pets in a separate room or in their crate to prevent unnecessary stress or accidental escape until you are ready to load them in your car. Keep cats and small dogs in a safe, ventilated carrier at all times, and keep larger dogs leashed. Long distance travel is often stressful for pets, so it is important to ensure their safety. Whenever you stop during your travel, allow your pet time for potty breaks and to drink fresh water. Ensure that they have time to eat, as well!

Call The Moving & Storage Pros!

If you’re moving long distance and are looking for help in the California area, The Moving & Storage Pros can meet all of your needs. Check out our contact page or give us a call at 213-267-5585. Long distance moving is a big job with many steps to worry about, especially if you have pets or kids. Call The Moving & Storage Pros today for more information about moving long distances and get a free no-obligation moving quote. We’re expert movers and can provide storage, packing, and moving options to help make your long distance move successful.

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