The day of your move arrives, and you roll out of bed to find that the temperature outside is scorching. If you're moving in the summer, this is is a very likely scenario. Luckily, with the tips below, you can ensure your moving day is safe, comfortable, and not too hard on your items.
Move the big, heavy items early.
If it's hot in the morning, it's only going to get hotter as the day wears on. To ensure you're not left lifting your heaviest items in the hottest temperatures, start by moving your largest items, and leave the smaller, lighter boxes for later in the day when you're hot and tired. It's smart to load the heavier items into your moving truck first anyways, since this stabilizes the load and makes the truck easier to handle.
Pack any heat-sensitive items last, and consider putting them in your personal vehicle.
Some items will not fare well if they sit in a hot moving truck for hours. A lot of cosmetics and beauty products may be damaged by high temperatures, and expensive electronics may malfunction if they are heated and cooled too quickly, as this can cause moisture to build up in their interiors. As you're packing, set these heat-sensitive items aside, so that you can pack them in the moving truck at the very last minute if you end up moving on a scorching hot day. An even better idea is to put them in your air conditioned, personal vehicle, rather than the moving truck -- if you are in fact driving a separate car during the move.
Set up fans near your entryway to keep air flowing as you go in and out with boxes.
When you and your helpers are hauling boxes out to the moving truck, you're bound to get pretty hot. By placing fans in your entryway, you circulate air in this area and provide everyone with a refreshing blast of cool air every time they step inside. Don't hesitate to take a break in this area if you find yourself getting too hot. Heat exhaustion can be life-threatening, so you want to avoid it at all costs. If you do notice signs of heat exhaustion, such as confusion, muscle cramps, nausea, pale skin, rapid heartbeat, and dizziness, get to a cool place and seek medical attention immediately.
Pack a cooler full of chilly drinks, so you can shut off the fridge without worry.
You'll need to stay hydrated in the heat, and this can be tough when your fridge is turned off (or packed away) because you're about to move. Before you start packing, visit a local convenience store and purchase some ice and cold beverages. Pack these in a cooler, and put it in an accessible space so that you and your helpers remember to drink while you're working.
Have your helpers switch tasks periodically so that nobody spends too much time outside.
The most efficient way to pack a truck is often to have one person carry boxes outside and another person load those boxes into the truck. However, this strategy presents a problem on hot days -- the person in the truck gets really hot, but the "walker" gets to go inside periodically and cool off. To prevent the helpers in the truck from overheating, have them switch tasks periodically. Of course, even the "walkers" can get hot carrying items from the house to the truck. Let them take breaks as needed so they don't overheat. Make sure your helpers or the moving company workers know that their health is more important to you than moving on time.
Moving on a hot day is not ideal, but with the tips above, you and your helpers can make the most of the situation. Remember to put safety first. Even if you are struggling to meet a moving timeline, it's not worth risking your life.Share