Moving Day Travel

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General Moving

Once the moving truck is loaded and on its way to your new home, you will need to find a way to get there yourself.  Some trips are local or short distances, but others will span the country.  For these longer moves, you will have to decide the best way for you and your family to get to your new home.  Be it by plane, train, or automobile, you will want to decide well in advance you so can purchase tickets or map out your drive.  If you are planning to road trip to your new dwelling, there will be some extra planning involved to successfully get to your new abode.

Before you hit the road, you will want to ensure that your vehicle is in tip top shape.  You will want to be certain your car is up to the drive and won’t have any breakdowns along the way.  It will be a good idea to keep some emergency supplies in your vehicle just in case though.  This includes a shovel and salt or sand if you are traveling in the snow and cold.  If you get stuck in heavy snow, you may need to get shoveling or help your tires get some traction.  Additionally, keeping some blankets and winter boots in the car will serve as an important back up if your car were to break down in the cold.  Regardless of the time of year of your trip, you should keep some water and food on hand as well as a first aid kit in the event of an emergency.

While some might like the adventure of hitting the open road and winging it, it will be important to plan your road trip.  You should map out your route as well as budget for any lodging and food expenses.  You don’t want to get lost and not be at your home in time to accept your delivery from your movers.  This could result in your belongings being put in storage at your expense.  If it takes you longer than expected to arrive, you might need to pay for more food and lodging which will also cut into your budget.  It may be a good idea to plan an alternative route as well.  If there is inclement weather, road closures, or a bad accident, you will be happy to have another option to get to your new home.

Monitoring the weather will be important.  When you pick a moving date, it will probably be too far in advance for you to confidently know what mother nature has in store.  However, if you know you’ll be making a winter relocation, you should watch the weather to know in advance if a bad storm is coming.  This may cause you to alter your travel plans.  Inclement weather may also add time to your travel agenda.  Whether you’ll have to drive slower on icy roads, or need to stop for the night because of a driving rainstorm, you’ll want to know in ahead of time if your travel plan will be impacted.  It can be a good idea to give yourself a buffer to ensure you are at your new house once your movers arrive to deliver your items.  Planning to arrive a day or two early in your new community can give you a little wiggle room if you have a hiccup on your drive.  Additionally, knowing lodging options and rest stops will be important to take breaks throughout your trip, as well as where you can stop in a pinch.

Once you are on your way, there may be some ground rules you want to put in place.  Especially for longer drives, it is nice to have at least one companion to keep your mind occupied and to switch off driving.  However after many hours in the car together, even the greatest of friends may be at each other’s throats.  Taking breaks to stretch your legs, breathe some fresh air and even just get away from each other will help.  Also, trying to rest some, when you aren’t driving of course, can keep you from getting too crabby.  Finally, you may just want some “me time”.  It’s alright to tell your passenger or driver that you want some peace and quiet.  Maybe it’s just an unspoken rule that if you put in headphones or turn the music up a bit, it’s time to let the other person be for a while.  You have a long drive ahead of you.  You don’t have to spend all of it in conversation if you don’t want to.

When traveling to your new home, you may be feeling anxious or tired or stressed.  Staying focused on the excitement a new home brings can help ease your fears and make the drive better.  If you have planned carefully for your move and your travel plans to get to your new home, you should be able to relax a bit and enjoy the open road.  The most important travel day trip is to listen to yourself and be sure to take frequent stops and do not continue driving if fatigued.  If you stick to your plan and practice safe driving procedures, you will get to your new home in no time and be able to enjoy this new chapter in your life.

 

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