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5 Ways to Make a Big Trip Easier

September 16, 2019 | Moving Guides & Tips

Imagine this scenario: you’re moving across the country. You’ve spent months getting everything organized. You made a budget and successfully followed it. You hired the best moving company to help pack and transport your possessions. You’ve done it all right. Then, the week before your big day, you wake up in the middle of the night. You’ve had a horrible nightmare. You’ve realized that, despite having everything else covered, you haven’t prepared for moving yourself. You’re taking a huge trip in mere days, and you’re not prepared–emotionally or otherwise!

One of the biggest parts of a cross-country move isn’t just moving your stuff; it’s moving you! Here are our best five tips for making a big cross-country trip easier:

Make a list, and check it twice.

If you’re getting close to moving day and haven’t prepared for your big trip, make a list. Figure out which things you’re going to want to bring with you instead of sending in the moving truck. Decide what luggage you’re going to use, and make sure it will fit on the plane. Put together your carry-on and make sure it has everything you need (prescriptions, identification, snacks) inside it. Write down everything you haven’t done yet so nothing falls through the cracks.

Invest in some stress-reducing travel accessories.

There’s no harm in giving yourself a hand when it comes to comfortable, successful travel. Investing in travel accessories that make your big trip easier is both practical and indulgent–a perfect combo!

Since a cross country move involves more luggage than usual, you can streamline your personal packing with compression cubes. They’ll help you fit more in your bags and better organize the things you do pack. If your flight is especially long and will involve downtime, there’s nothing like a good pair of noise-canceling headphones. Extra comforts like a neck pillow, down jacket, or wool socks also make a big difference.

Weigh your bags before you get to the airport.

A digital scale that’s good enough for weighing your luggage can be found for only ten dollars. When you’re taking a plane for a cross-country move, you’ll probably check your bags. Make sure you don’t accidentally blow your budget on overweight bag fees by weighing them in advance.

Make sure your checked bags are easily recognizable.

Your average baggage carousel is an endless rotation of black roller bags. Big, small or in-between: they’re still mostly black and mostly the same. When you’re traveling as part of a cross-country move it’s more important than usual to keep your bag safe. Losing your belongings when you’re in a brand new place is devastating. Make sure this doesn’t happen by making sure you can always recognize your bag.

If you have the opportunity to buy new luggage before your move, go for something bright and colorful. If you have a typical black bag, make it distinguishable with a bright ribbon, a key chain, or a similar distinguisher. You’ll be able to spot your bag immediately this way. Not only will this trick help keep your bag safe, but it’ll also make finding your stuff on the carousel easier.

Let yourself relax.

Moving is stressful. Make sure that you aren’t putting your health at risk during the process by taking time to decompress. By the time you’re ready to take your plane to your new home, you’ll probably need some time to relax.

Consider downloading a meditation app on your phone. Treat yourself to a favorite snack or new book at the airport. Remember: you’ve made it this far into your move without disaster. You should be proud of yourself!

Now that you’re better prepared for transporting yourself, the rest of the move should be easy. If you find yourself in need of extra packing or moving help, never hesitate to call the expert team at Bekins. We’re happy to help!

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