Have you ever had to move in the middle of summer? The sun. The intense heat. It may be worse than moving in winter. Since our facilities are in the American Southwest, we have dealt with our fair share of heat, too. That’s why we have put together these 10 best moving tips for hot weather.
Summer Moving Tips to Help You Keep Your Cool
If you live somewhere like Phoenix or Las Vegas, moving in summer can mean 100+ temperatures and blazing sun for 12 hours of the day. Houston, Texas, faces humidity plus those 100+ degree heat. Californians also face record temperatures during the summer months. What is a person to do if they must move during that kind of heat?
Tip 1: Be Aware of the Dangers
The biggest worry about moving in hot weather is heat-related illness. However, many of us aren’t aware of what those dangers actually are. The National Institute of Health warns that many health problems are made worse by heat. Asthma attacks, heart incidents, and strokes are all more likely in the heat.
Furthermore, regardless of their health profile, everyone must worry about heat exhaustion, dehydration, and heat stroke. Also, a sunburn can turn into sun poisoning, a deadly condition. Pets are also in danger so put them on your list of concerns.
Basically, it is wise to think about the care you would take before engaging in hard labor or exercise in hot weather and apply that same caution to moving.
Tip 2: Plan Ahead for Moving Day
Before moving day, study up on these different dangers and how you can protect yourself, your family, and pets. There will be items to put aside for moving day and others that need to be bought. As you can see from the next tips, your plan should cover many angles: clothing, hydration, shelter, and more.
Tip 3: Water and Electricity
You definitely want to make sure your new home has electricity and water. This may mean paying for some extra days, but it will be worth it on moving day. If you can’t do it yourself, have your real estate agent turn on the air conditioning there well before you arrive.
You’ll also want to use fans as you move out and then take them with you to plug in as soon as you arrive at your new home. So, let fans be the last thing on the moving truck and the first thing off of it.
Tip 4: Dress for the Heat
To combat the heat, each person should wear the coolest items from their wardrobe. The best clothing will be loose fitting, cover their skin in the sun, and allow a lot of air circulation. Another item is a sweater for the inevitable moment that a person gets cold in the air conditioning after experiencing intense outdoor heat.
A hat and sunglasses should be within easy reach. You should wear gloves when unloading. Metal and hard plastic items will be hot to touch after a day spent in a hot moving truck.
Remember to use sunscreen and to reapply it according to directions. One application won’t be enough to protect you from a sunburn.
Tip 5: Set Reminders to Cool Off
Your phone has many handy features including timers and reminders. Everyone should use those functions to remind themselves to shelter from the heat, to rest, and to check on each other.
Tip 6: Safeguard Your Pets
Moving with pets is always stressful, but summer heat makes it even more difficult. Pets need to be kept hydrated and they should not be stuck in the back of a hot moving truck or car. Their moving crates should be well-ventilated and protected from the sun. You will want to make a plan for how you will handle them.
Tip 7: Safeguard Your Electronics
The temperature in your moving van or car will affect your electronics if it is too hot. This may affect how you pack them and whether you transport them yourself in an air conditioned car. If nothing else, these items can be the last ones on the truck and the first ones to come off.
Tip 8: Time of Day
If possible, plan your move for the cooler hours of the day. You might consider loading up the truck the night before or getting up in the wee hours of the morning. Yes, it will be dark, but it will also be much cooler. Ideally, you want to move in the early morning, before the day gets really hot. If you can’t get everything done before the thermometer rises, take a break for lunch or even a siesta out of the sun and heat, then resume once the sun starts to set.
You may also break your move into two parts. By putting everything you don’t need right now into a storage unit, you will have less work to do on moving day.
Tip 9: Hydration Before, During, and After
Start adding extra water to your routine days before the move. The day before, stock up your fridge or cooler with plenty of ice and drinks.
On moving day you should have a good supply of water available and make sure that everyone drinks throughout the process. It may be a good idea to alternate between water and drinks with electrolytes. Cold tea, fruit drinks, and smoothies are also good sources of hydration.
Your moving party should avoid drinking any type of alcohol, including beer, since this contributes to dehydration. For that matter, soft drinks and other carbonated beverages aren’t a good substitute for water.
Tip 10: Eat Light
It’s also important to remember to eat. You need to keep your energy up as you’re using up a lot of calories moving. Try to keep light snacks with plenty of protein. It’s best to avoid heavy, rich foods that will weigh you down. Wait until you’re all unpacked for that big burger, steak, or pasta dinner to replenish the calories you used.
If you plan ahead and stay alert during the move, you can minimize all these risks and have a successful move where all you really have to worry about is where to put the couch in your new home.