How Your Move Also can be a Road Trip Adventure

Posted in August 23rd, 2016
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Moving boxes and suitcases in trunk of car, outdoorsA big move is a lot of work, especially if you’re only taking what fits in your car. Relocation is rife with difficult decisions, and the confines of your car don’t make them any easier. However, there are simple steps you can take before and during your move to make the whole experience more manageable.

Before the Move

Once you’re dedicated to the move, there are some pre-move tasks you should take care of that will make the move a lot easier. First, sort and purge. Go through your house and decide what you need and what you can do without. The more stuff you donate or sell, the less you will have to worry about how much you can fit in your car.

Next, research the city or town you have chosen as your next home. Pick out apartments, town houses or rentals you find acceptable, and then inquire on their availability. Websites like Craigslist and ForRent.com have a plethora of rentals at a variety of prices. Make sure you have a new place locked down before you move.

The Open Road

Before you hit the road for your new home, make sure your car is in top-notch condition. You don’t want a flat tire or a more serious breakdown in the middle of heavy traffic. Check your tires for wear with a penny. Place the penny into the grooves of your tire, and if Lincoln’s head is covered, then you have enough tread to drive safely.

Check your transmission and differential fluid. Your oil may need a change or a little top off, as well. As a precaution keep a quart or two of oil with you while on the road. Make sure your breaks are at their peak performance and your battery isn’t about to die. With your car loaded and ready for some serious driving, it’s time you put some miles behind you.

On Your Journey

A smartphone or mobile device is an indispensable tool while on the road. Never get lost with Google Maps, find the best diners for early breakfasts or late night snacks with Yelp and stop at all the best tourist spots and sights along the way with TripAdvisor. Another handy app for your phone is Gas Buddy. It keeps tabs on all the gas stations in your area and the per gallon charge of each, so you’ll always get the best deal.

Make sure to curate your new-life playlist, too. With music services like Spotify or Pandora, you’ll never be without your favorite jams. If you need to put some miles behind you, audiobooks and podcasts focus your mind as the miles fly by. If you’re still feeling bored or antsy in the car, NPR’s road trip site has a host of resources that can make your move memorable and stress-free.

When you stop each night, whether you camp or get a hotel, make sure your friends and family know where you are. Check in with them early if you expect to lose service for more than a day or so. This will make sure you stay safe and give your loved ones peace of mind.