There’s no way around it: moving across the country is a big deal! It’s a chance to see new places, meet new people, and have new experiences. It’s truly life changing.
But along with the opportunity comes a lot of hard work. Moving is tough! There’s so much to plan, prepare, and keep track of. It can feel totally overwhelming.
If you’re planning to move across the country, we’re here to help. Read on for the ultimate guide to preparing for a cross country move.
Unless you’ve fully embraced the minimalist lifestyle, you’ve probably accumulated a lot of stuff in the time you’ve lived in your home. While some of that stuff is certainly important, there’s probably also a lot that’s not-so-necessary.
Downsizing is an important first step to a cross-country move. Not only will it reduce your number of boxes, but it will help keep moving costs down and save you a lot of work once you arrive in your new city.
Before you start packing, go through every item in your house to decide what you want to keep, and which can get rid of. There are many different strategies when it comes to downsizing. Our favorite is to place each item into one of three piles: keep, sell, and giveaway. More valuable items can be listed on sites like Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace to help recoup the costs of moving. Others can be donated to a local charity.
Now that you’ve determined what’s coming with, it’s time to figure out how you’re going to move it all. When it comes to a cross-country move, you have a number of options. You could:
Here are a few tips to make the process easier:
No matter what, be sure to pack a small bag with a few days’ worth of clothing, toiletries, and other essentials for the first few days after your move. That way, you won’t need to hunt for your necessities once you’ve arrived.
When moving cross-country, there’s a good chance that things may not go according to plan. Perhaps your moving POD will be delayed, or maybe you’ll run into unexpected traffic on the cross-country drive and won’t arrive till evening.
If you’re moving across the country, it’s always good to have a backup plan. We recommend booking a night’s stay at a hotel or Airbnb for your first night in town. If anything happens on your journey, you won’t be scrambling last minute for a place to sleep. If things do go smoothly, you won’t be rushed to get your bed set up or have to spend the night camped out on your living room floor.