The Long Haul: Prepare for your cross-country move


Moving clear across the country can seem daunting. From packing up your home to the long drive, it’s difficult to keep everything organized. And you don’t want to forget anything! So how can you keep all your ducks in a row? Here are some moving tips to make your cross-country move less stressful.


Leave some baggage behind. Go through all the things you own — from furniture to clothes — and decide what you really need. Got crates and crates of books you’ll never read again? Take them to a local used bookstore. Clothes you haven’t worn since 1980? Donate them to Goodwill. If you have items that might be worth something, hold a moving sale or list items on Craigslist or Ebay. Craigslist tends to work better in cities where demand is high. Ebay works best in rural areas, though consider shipping costs and logistics before posting.

Sometimes it’s difficult to part with nostalgic or sentimental items, but part of moving is letting go of the past and finding something new. The less you have, the less you’ll have to haul across the country. Parting ways with some of your less-than-essential possessions helps you prioritize and focus on what really matters.

Your Car

While moving cross-country, your car is your tool. You wouldn’t try to cut down a tree with a dull or rusty chainsaw, so why would you try to drive a car on a long trip without a tune up? An oil change, new spark plugs and maybe even some new tires are a good idea before you hit the open road.

Old tires can be a safety hazard — especially if they’ve ever experienced extreme weather conditions — and cause you loads of time and trouble. Check the wear of your tires by measuring the tread using a penny. With so much on your mind already, you don’t want a distraction like a blowout or flat.

If you’re moving somewhere rural, all-terrain tires might be a good idea. All-terrain tires are smooth on paved roads, but also have the tread to handle muddy and rocky tracks. Order them online from a retailer like TireBuyer, and have them delivered to a specialist for easy installation before you leave.

Your Route

Plot out your route. By having defined directions, you’ll save yourself worry, time and money. Getting lost can slow you down, waste gas and be stressful if you end up on shady roads in unfamiliar cities. With an in-car GPS navigation system, you’ll take the most efficient route.

Along the way, call in some favors. Friends, family, family friends — you can save money on hotels and visit people. Don’t let the experience of moving go by too fast. Take a few days off and enjoy the trip. If you’re moving to a city without permanent house plans in mind, arrange a temporary place to stay before you get into town. A friend or inexpensive hotel can be your base of operations until you get your bearings.

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