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Moving tips for weather conditions

family moving with boxes into a new home on a clear day, article cover graphic

Often overlooked when planning your move is what will the weather conditions be on the day? Sometimes we forget to think about it, other times, it’s just not easy to predict even with preliminary forecasts. Once the day is set, there may not be any wiggle room to reschedule and you will be bound for making the move. Here are some tips on how you can be ready for any condition.

Sunny weather. Probably the most ideal scenario, but there still needs to be some observances. First, make sure to have plenty of water on hand. If your water will not be turned on, have a couple cases of water bottles ready for use. Dehydration can be very dangerous and you will likely break a sweat if you are doing a lot of the physical moving yourself. Also ensure you have sun protection – consider a hat to protect your face, and sunscreen to protect all other skin that is visible. You will likely be outside often on the day, so this will prevent you from getting a nasty sunburn.

Rainy weather. Possibly the worst scenario, but there are ways to help. For yourself, get a poncho to keep you dry and protect your health – the last thing you want is to settle into your new home with a cold. Also get some gloves to help prevent blisters on your hands, and a few changes of socks handy to prevent blisters on your feet. Nonslip boots will help ensure you keep your balance, even where it may get slippery. For your belongings, consider plastic wraps and tarps to cover them as you are carrying them outside. This will prevent water from seeping into them and causing ruin during the transition.

Snowy weather. Probably the most hazardous condition. Just as you would in rainy weather, dress accordingly to protect yourself from getting a cold and forming blisters. The biggest difference here is more layers – the physical activity you will be doing this day may increase your likelihood to catch a cold, so protect yourself with some heavy clothing articles to keep you warm. Drink warm fluids too, as this will help regulate your body temperature. But also consider the kind of footwear you are using – nonslip boots may not be as useful as they are generally not meant to protect you from ice. Instead, consider boots with better traction for snow and ice. Although ideally, try to figure out where ice has formed and avoid these spots. You might also consider using street salt to place along your path to help prevent slipping. Again as for your belongings, wrapping them should prevent any water damage.

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