By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Moving is a huge job with many factors to take into consideration. You must plan for the chaos of moving day, make sure you have necessities on hand, and pack your entire life into an impossibly small amount of space.
With today's on-the-go mentality, many people are experts on the art of living out of the car. However, sometimes the logistics of moving quickly mean traveling by plane. So, how can you prepare for your first few days in your new home when you're not traveling with a packed minivan? Careful planning and creative thinking will help you ensure all your belongings are in the right place at the right time.
It probably seems obvious to make plans for your move but moving by plane takes careful research. Airlines have different policies and prices when it comes to moving your baggage. Even if you fly regularly, it's important to check your airline's current baggage policies and fees. Planning what you will take on the plane will help you decide how to take care of the rest of your belongings.
As you choose an airline and professional moving company, your moving plan will begin to take shape. Make plans to ship the items that will not be on the moving truck and learn as much as possible about the area surrounding your new home. If you are traveling by plane, it's important to know how you will get around once you reach your new residence. Learning about the local area will help you know where you can rent a vehicle, grab a quick meal, and shop for any necessities you might have forgotten to pack.
Know Your Necessities
When you have limited space, it's vital to consider what is necessary. The comforts of home are nice, but necessities are... necessary. Smart packing will help ensure you have the things you can't do without in case other transport or shipping doesn't go as planned on moving day. Pack the items you really need into the carry-on suitcase that will travel with you on the plane. Make a checklist to ensure these items make it into your carry-on luggage:
- The key to your new home
- A change of clothes
- Comfort items for traveling (eye mask, earplugs, headphones, entertainment)
- ID, bank cards, and passports
- Moving documents
Consider all the Options
You know you're not carrying all your belongings onto the plane with you. Since you are traveling separately from everything that will make your new house home, it's important to consider how your possessions will arrive. There are several options available, and you can combine methods if necessary.
A moving company that specializes in long distance residential moving can take a lot of the guesswork out of your planning schedule. Since the bulk of your possessions will be able to go into the moving truck, an early consultation can help you get a price estimate and break your moving plan into smaller easier tasks. Whether you need packing supplies, help packing, or all your belongings packed for you, a moving company can help you assess the job ahead and work out a detailed schedule to help you get on the right track. Consistent contact with the moving company throughout the move will reduce stress and let you know everything will work smoothly when you arrive at your new home.
If you're planning your move ahead of time, moving some of your belongings to a storage facility near your new home may give you the advantage of having important possessions in place before moving day. Your moving company can help you work out dates to move certain belongings early and plan an additional load for moving day.
If you're able to pare down your belongings into a few boxes, parcel shipping companies are a great resource for getting items moved a long way. Companies like FedEx, UPS, and even USPS are long-time experts at safely shipping items on time. These options make it easy to choose when your items will be delivered to your new residence and you can track all shipments online while traveling.
A professional moving company will be able to help you work out the details of your move. A-1 Freeman Moving Group is an experienced moving company with the experience to make transporting your belongings a breeze. Contact us today for help planning your upcoming move. For more great tips to help you plan for a simple transition to your new home, visit our blog.
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