Are We There Yet? Tips For Handling A Long-Distance Move As A Parent


Moving itself can be one a challenging task, but throw in several miles worth of distance and a couple of kids, and you could have an all out nightmare that has you ready to pull your hair out. However, just because you are facing a longer-than-usual move as a parent, it does not mean that the process has to leave you emotionally and physically drained (or missing any hair) when you do finally make it to your new home. Here are a few helpful tips every parent should know when it comes to a long distance move with kids.

Keep Kids Busy with the Process 

Long before the long distance movers show up to start loading the truck with your belongings, you should have your children occupied with packing. Some parents have a tendency to get a little obsessed about packing belongings. However, it is often a good idea to keep little hands busy with packing their own items when they can. Even if it means you may have to go back into their packed boxes later for a little extra arranging, allowing your kids to help will still take some of the workload off of your shoulders. Plus, it will make little ones a little less apprehensive, as they will actually know where their items are because they packed them. 

Be Prepared with a Ready Stash of Supplies

Before you pack up everything in the house, designate one large container for must-have items that your children may ask for before you get settled in and unpacked at your new home. You should consider their favorite toys, clothing, or bedding. Plus, include the necessities like band aids and wet wipes for "just in case" situations. Allow your youngsters to pick two items that they want with them and place them in the container. Make sure when the movers arrive, you place the container in the vehicle you will be traveling in, so it does not get packed up in the truck with everything else. 

Prepare for the Long Trip Ahead

Road trips can be a challenge even when you are not moving when you have kids. But, when everyone is already exhausted and possibly a little cranky about the additional work that lies ahead, the road can seem ten times longer than usual. Prepare for this long distance moving trip by investing in a new electronic game or toy to keep your kids occupied, or simply throw together a goody bag filled with inexpensive dollar store items and pull them out when your child gets frustrated. 

Moving with kids can be tough, but if you are careful about planning as a parent you can make things a little easier to handle. Talk to a professional company who provides long distance movers for more advice about long-distance moves with your children. 


9 July 2015

Packing More Efficiently

When I realized that my things would be in storage for a few years, I realized that packing efficiently was going to be the key to my success. Instead of tossing everything into boxes and hoping for the best, I worked slowly and deliberately, carefully wrapping knick-knacks and family heirlooms. I didn't want anything to get crushed or damaged while it was in storage. I loaded my storage unit carefully, and made a map of where everything went. It might seem silly, but my careful preparations made a huge difference when I unloaded my unit later. Check out this website for tips on how to pack more efficiently.