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9 Moving Tips For Beating The Summer Heat

Did you know that 70 percent of all moves take place between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend? So that means we are in the middle of the “peak season” for moving! While the summer months may be popular for moving, they are not necessarily the best. It’s not just the heat and humidity that makes summer months the toughest time to move. They are also more expensive. So if you choose to move during this time period, here are 9 tips to help you out!

Get an early start!

If you’re looking to beat the heat during a summer move then it’s best to get started early.  Moving in the afternoon in a hot climate will only mean more heat and more humidity.  In general, the intensity of the sun and it’s UV rays are highest from the hours of 11am to 3pm.  So try to avoid this time frame.  For the most part, an early morning move can mean a difference of 10 degrees or more.  Besides, most moving companies prefer an early start.  But if you can’t get an early start to your move, you might just want to consider a different day to avoid that afternoon heat.

Wear the right clothes!

There are several rules and suggestions to live by when dressing in the summer months for moving and most anything other outdoor activities.  First, make sure you are wearing lightweight, loose-fitting, breathable fabrics like cotton or linen.  These materials absorb sweat and moisture allowing for faster evaporation so your clothing dries easier.  You want to stay away from most man-made materials unless they are specifically made to keep you dry like a moisture wicking material made by certain manufacturers. Next, make sure you wear light colored clothing when you’re dressing for a move.  Whites and light colors will keep you much cooler than blacks or dark colors as the darker colors absorb more sunlight which will only increase your body temperature.  And lastly, be sure to accessorize!  Wear a hat and sunglasses!  Not only will you be fashionable, but it will keep you cool!

Bring lots of bottled water!

During the summer months it’s imperative that you stay hydrated.  Especially if your mover, like Chavis Movers Myrtle Beach, is in a very hot climate.  As you may know, moving is a very physical activity that requires a lot of lifting so you’ll be doing a lot of sweating.  So best thing to do is to bring a cooler full of bottled water for yourself and your movers.  If you’re on a budget, buy paper cups and use tap water.  Either way, stay hydrated!

Turn on the utilities!

If you’re moving during the hot summer months be sure to switch on the air conditioning before starting your move.  Turn on the A/C a day or two prior to the move to give it time to cool down.  That way you and your movers won’t be sweating quite as much on moving day.  I know that we at Chavis Moving & Storage greatly appreciate an air conditioned home on moving day!

Apply sunscreen!

You may not realize it, but you can get a lot of sun while moving.  Your face, neck, ears, shoulders, arms, hands, feet, and legs can get a lot of sun during a move.  So it’s best to cover these areas with a spray or lotion of SPF 30 or higher, and use one that is water resistant since you’ll be doing plenty of sweating.  Apply the sunscreen about 15 minutes before heading outside, and make sure to reapply every two hours to keep your skin from turning a bright red by the end of the day.

Not all items do well in the heat!

When packing up your belongings, keep in mind that not all items handle the heat very well.  Some of your items, such as electronics, don’t fare well in the hot summer heat.  So it’s best to pack these items separately and put them in the moving van last.  That way once you arrive at your destination they come off the truck first.  Or even better, if you can put them in your vehicle, transport them that way.  Most likely your car will have a/c, whereas the back of a moving truck can be very hot with no air conditioning.

Keep cold towels on hand!

One of the best and least expensive ways to keep cool during a summer move is to have some cold towels on-hand for you and your movers.  The best way to do this is to fill the cooler with ice, then fold and roll up several damp washcloths or hand towels and place them inside the cooler.  Let them sit for a couple hours in the cooler, and you have a cold cloth to help keep you cool!

Be aware of the symptoms of overheating!

Lastly, be sure you are aware of the symptoms of overheating so that you can be sure to spot them, and take action immediately if needed.  The symptoms of overheating include elevated body temperature, headaches, nausea, dizziness, weakness, fainting, seizures, muscle cramps, and general confusion.  If you or anyone with you exhibits any of these symptoms, but sure to get them out of the heat and into air conditioning as soon as possible. Also be sure they get plenty of water and that they lie down.  And if possible, take a cold shower or dab yourself with a cold towel to lower your body temperature.



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