What Should You Bring on a Long Distance Move?

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What to Bring on a Long Distance Move

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Moving can always be a trying experience, but moving a long distance can make every aspect of the move more difficult. A long distance move requires extra time and consideration. You can't make multiple trips between your old and new home, so once you decide to bring something on a long distance move, that decision is final. Here are some pointers for choosing what to bring with you on your long distance move.

What to leave behind

With any move, you need to bring everything that you plan on having in your new home. It is a little more complicated than that, however, when moving long distances. Unlike local movers who sometimes charge based on the time it takes to move, long distance movers charge based on the weight of the load they are shipping. This means you may want to leave some items behind, such as:

Heavy furniture and appliances

These items are more expensive to transport on long moves. It is important to know just how furnished your new home is going to be when you move into it. Even if it requires new furniture, it may not be worth it to bring old furniture and appliances on a long move. If you think the heavy item in question may need to be replaced within the next five years, you should leave it behind and add it to the value of your old home that you are likely selling. You can always buy new furniture and appliances locally once you move in to your new area. 

Outdoor equipment
Swing-sets, basketball hoops, or pools may be best left behind. You certainly could hire specialty movers to bring these items with you, but the longer the distance the move is, the more time and money it will take to move big items. Outdoor equipment like this can hold more value as a potential selling point for your old home.

Other items that you don't really care about
Are there any items in your possession that are borderline expendable when viewed by their usefulness or personal value to you? You should probably elect to leave them behind on a long distance move. Sell old items or give them to charity. Leave some things for friends and family. Throw out and recycle broken or hopelessly old items. Don't bring your "project" that you swore you would get around to fixing 10 years ago. It's not happening, let it go. The price of adding weight to your moving load can be lowered substantially if you trim the fat before you move.

What to pack in the moving company's truck

Once you have decided which possessions of yours make the cut for the move, it is time to pack. Have the moving company take care of any larger items. Pack the majority of your clothes and any furniture or appliances that you must bring.

Any especially heavy items should be cared for appropriately by the moving company. Remember that on a long move the ride is longer and items are more likely to be damaged during transit. Be sure to ask for sufficient insurance to cover your more valuable items on the long trip.

What to  personally bring with you

Because your move is going to be done over such a long distance, you need to consider the fact that you may go some time without access to the possessions you packed on the moving truck. That means that you need to pack whatever vehicle you are transporting yourself in with some items akin to what you would bring with you on a short vacation. This includes:
  • A couple changes of clothes
  • Your phone
  • Toiletries
  • Towels (you won't actually be staying in a hotel, but may be in a home without any of your other items)
  • Cash
  • Medicine
  • Small luggage bags containing these items
In addition to your luggage you need to have all the relevant moving documentation with you in your vehicle. Standard travel emergency items like a first aid kit and a tire jack are also a good idea to have on any long drive.

You can also bring any small items that you can fit in your car. Expensive small items like jewellry can be transported in your car rather than on the moving truck as long as you have the necessary room. Just remember that if you damage your own belongings when moving them in your car, moving insurance will not cover them.

Moving a long distance takes some extra time and effort, but choosing the right items to bring with you can make the process go as smoothly as possible.

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on July 16, 2014

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