What To Take With You When Moving Across Country

No matter where you’re moving, the concept is relatively simple: Movers pack up your goods, load them on to a truck, and unload your goods at your new home. If you’re moving more that a couple hundred miles away, though, the process changes considerably, and you should be prepared.

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Movers keep costs of long-distance moves down with consolidation. In other words, unless you live in a large home, it’s likely your shipment will be put on the same truck as some other people’s. No need to worry, though. We meticulously catalogue every item to make sure each piece goes to the right home.

Even if they are going straight through, trucks take longer than cars to traverse our highways. Odds are, though, that they’ll make some stops along the way, which could mean that your shipment will take days, or even weeks, to arrive. Before you panic, though, here are a few steps to make your move so much more pleasant.

Rent a Hotel Room or Stay with Friends

If you have friends or family in your new city, perhaps you can crash with them for a bit. If not, or if they don’t have the room, perhaps you can get a hotel room. When that’s not affordable, though, there are other tactics.

What You Should Bring

If you want to stay in your new home while waiting for the moving truck, there are a few things to bring with you that can make it almost like camping, but with a roof over your heads.

  • Inflatable mattresses
  • Bedding
  • Folding chairs
  • Suitcases with a few days worth of clothing and grooming supplies
  • Electronics
  • Microwave
  • Coffee pot
  • Paper plates
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Pet crates and food

If you can’t fit all of this in your car, don’t worry. You can pick most everything up at a local or big box store without setting you too far back.