The hot season is the peak moving season, and for good reason. First, if you have kids, the children might be on their school break, so you can move with less stress. Moreover, the weather during the warm season is favorable for movers since the drivers do not need to worry about muddy or icy roads. And since the days are longer during the hot season, you have more time to get things done.
However, there’s one significant downside; the heat. The heat may make the process a lot more tiring and strenuous. Here are some tips to stay cool if you plan to move during hot weather.
Get an Early Start
Don’t wait until the middle of the day to start your move. As the day goes on, the temperature will continue to rise.
Therefore, if you can, start your day in the early morning. The UV rays aren’t as intense during this time, and the temperature is cooler. Also, plan with your moving company before the moving day so the movers can show up at your house early in the morning.
Ensure that you drink plenty of fluids, especially water. Moving is strenuous work, and you will sweat a lot, which will cause you to become dehydrated quickly.
Bring a cooler filled with ice-cold water and take breaks often to drink. If you feel dizzy or lightheaded, stop and rest in the shade.
Protect Your Skin
Wear a hat or visor to protect your face from the sun. And don’t forget to apply sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to all exposed skin.
In addition to sunscreen, you also want to protect your skin from the sun. To protect yourself fully, wear long pants, long sleeves, and closed-toe shoes. If you plan to move in the middle of the day when it’s the hottest, wear light-colored clothing.
But as much as you want to protect your skin, you also want to be as comfortable as possible. So don’t wear heavy clothing that will make you sweat even more. Instead, opt for light and loose-fitting clothes made of natural fabrics like cotton.
Protect Fragile Items
Keep in mind that some items may not take well to the heat. For example, electronics can overheat quickly in the sun. If you’re moving things that are sensitive to heat, pack the items in well-insulated boxes or bags. You may also rent a climate-controlled storage unit for these items.
Also, be mindful of items that can melt in the heat, such as candles, crayons, and chocolate. Your movers can help you pack these items correctly, so the valuables don’t melt during the move.
Take Breaks Often
Take frequent breaks, perhaps every 30 minutes or so, during which you can drink plenty of fluids to protect yourself from overheating or dehydration as previously mentioned. Move heavy and bulky items first so you can take more breaks later on in the move.
Ensure the AC Is Working
If you plan to move into a new home, ensure the air conditioning works correctly before you start to move your belongings inside. This step will help ensure that your items don’t overheat. Also, you will have an easier time as you unpack when the temperatures are favorable. Therefore, inspect the AC unit and clean the filters if necessary.
Don’t let the heat deter you from fulfilling your moving goals. Besides the tips above, you can count on us at Dixie Moving & Storage, Inc., to make your move as smooth and stress-free as possible. Contact us to get a quote, and let’s discuss how we can help you with your upcoming move.