In a perfect world, we’d all be able to control our own moving schedules down to the exact minute. Unfortunately, though, life often has other plans.

If your life circumstances are forcing you to move in the heat of the summer (or if you live in a climate where the heat is year-round), there’s no reason to lose your cool! Just check out our quick moving tips to keep you cool and comfortable from door to door.

Long-Distance Moving Tips to Beat the Heat

1. Have supplies ready.

Make sure you’re prepared for the heat by having some grab-and-go cooling supplies on hand. Fill a couple of ice chests with ice and then drop in some hand towels to drape over your neck and shoulders when the temperatures climb too high. 

Other portable cooling supplies include:

  • Floor Fans
  • USB-Powered Fans 
  • Hand Fans
  • Handheld Misters
  • Umbrellas
  • Hats
  • Bandanas
  • Change of Clothes

2. Stock up on treats.

Along with ice-cold towels, fill up your ice chests with chilled refreshments:

  • Bottled Water
  • Sports Drinks
  • Juice
  • Popsicles

Cooling snacks can be great, too! Load up on fresh or frozen fruits and veggies with high water content like watermelon, pineapple, celery, tomatoes, and cucumbers.

3. Plan your utilities wisely.

It may be tempting to turn off your utilities before moving day, but there’s nothing worse than dragging tons of boxes around a stuffy, unconditioned home. Make sure to prepare your utilities accordingly on both ends of the move:

  • Current Home: Have your utilities turned on through the end of move-out day.

  • New Home: Have your utilities turned at least several days before move-in day. If you have a property manager or real estate agent, consider asking them to turn on the AC a day or two before you arrive.

4. Start early. 

To escape the worst heat of the day, plan to start moving as early as possible. If you’re moving yourself, try to recruit some early-morning help from friends or family members. 

You can also cleverly arrange your schedule so that the more labor-intensive work (like moving heavy furniture) is done first. As the day warms up later, you can focus on the easier tasks.

5. Chill out in the car.

When things get too warm, don’t be afraid to take a few minutes of rest! If your house feels too hot from doors being opened and closed, sit in your vehicle and crank up the AC for a quick blast of energy.

6. Take a break somewhere else.

If you have time for a longer break, try hitting a local coffee shop or even just taking a leisurely stroll through a nearby grocery store or shopping mall. If you’re moving into a new city, this can be a fun way to explore the town before you get settled in.

7. Hire household movers.

Of course, one of the best ways to stay cool is to hire professional household movers to manage your project for you. Working with the pros will require far less heavy lifting (and sweating!) from you, especially if you choose a full-service moving plan.

With a full-service move, you can relax in the shade while your household movers take care of the details:

  • Home Protection
  • Packing/Unpacking
  • Tear-Down/Set-Up
  • Loading
  • Transporting
  • Storage

Have more questions about how to beat the heat?

Reach out to Thomas Transfer & Storage now! We’d be happy to work with you for a customized long-distance moving plan that keeps you cool and totally stress-free. Just give us a call or fill out our online form to request more information and your free moving quote.