10 responses

  1. Kristyn
    July 8, 2013

    Great tips!! Thanks, Jamielyn! Moving can be so hard and these tips all help. :)

  2. Alyssa
    July 9, 2013

    Here are a few from the 6 times I’ve moved 1,000 miles or more (4 of those were over 2,500 miles).
    1. Pack your out of season clothing in your luggage, then tuck framed photos or other breakable in with the clothes. Luggage, rarely ends up stacked so they should be safe.
    2. Pack your books and dishes in lots of small boxes. Not everyone can afford a moving company and by the time you’re done driving all that way you don’t want to be carrying super-sized dish packing boxes into your new place!
    3. Label, label, LABEL!!! There’s nothing more frustrating than finding box after box labeled “Stuff”. Be specific! That way, you can find the essentials right away and leave the rest for another day.
    4. Pack everyone’s bathroom essentials and clothes in backpacks. Keep them in the car with you so when you’re ready to stop, everyone grabs their 1 bag, carries it into the hotel and the trailer doesn’t need opened for anything.
    5. Enjoy yourself!! Treat this time as a mini vacation! With the price of gas, road trips are a dying treat! Enjoy the amazing beauty of the country around you. While you’re planning your route, plan a few mini stops to sight-see, pick up a souvenir or just snap some photos!
    For my hubby and I, our long distance moves are some of our favorite memories!

  3. jamielyn.nye
    July 9, 2013

    Great tips Alyssa! Thanks for sharing!!

  4. Sharon
    July 9, 2013

    Very good ideas. I found in my three moves that if you go to church or belong to a national organization, contact them in the city you are moving to or even just investigating for a move. They will give you lots of useful information and answers to questions that won’t be found on websites or guidebooks, and maybe even offer you a place to stay or dinner while you’re unpacking! Take advantage of the visitor bureaus too – they have lots of information about activities, events, and landmarks — their job is to help visitors AND residents.

  5. Janet
    July 20, 2013

    If your moving company offers a packing service do it!!! They know how things should wrapped and packed. We did this and were so happy that we did. We moved from Massachusetts to Utah and although we did pack a lot of things we let the moving company do the breakables. Well worth it! Not one thing was nicked, scratched or broken.

  6. David Johnson
    August 12, 2013

    These are all great tips Jamielyn, thanks for sharing! Downsizing as much as possible, planning, and organizing are the most important things to do for a cross country move. Properly labeling boxes with contents will help you out big time once you are moved in and unloading. I recommend downloading some music albums you’ve been wanting to listen to or some podcasts to get you through the long drive. Also make sure to keep your necessary personal items separate and accessible. That is just my 2 cents..,you pretty much covered everything though!

  7. Doreen Sawyer
    September 17, 2013

    Don’t forget, if you are traveling with pets. Make sure they are microchipped with your phone number, are up to date on vaccinations, plan more frequent breaks, buckle-up their carrier, and make reservations ahead of time for pet friendly hotels.

  8. Nova
    April 25, 2014

    Girls! You were so great at Haven! I am really eictxed about submitting our Daddy and Me video here soon and am still figuring out how 3 great girls like yourselves landed the BEST jobs ever as the blogger outreach team at Homes.com (or whatever you call it!) I thought it was great seeing ya’ll in the workout room on day 1. I felt special. And then, of course, I talked myself out of running for the rest of my trip because by 8 pm on day 1 I was sleep walking my way through the cocktail party!! Anyway, thanks for doing such a great job with the Haven Sponsorship and for valuing bloggers

  9. Mary
    February 3, 2015

    Thank you so much! These tips are extremely helpful! I will be moving from Ohio to Connecticut next month! I have some exciting packing to do!

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