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11 Packing and Traveling Tips for Interstate Moving

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11 Packing and Traveling Tips for Interstate Moving

Moving interstate can be one of the most stressful times of a person’s life. It can be expensive, as well as overwhelming, to sort, pack, move, and then unpack everything into a brand new home. But it doesn’t have to be this way, not if a person is prepared for the process before a single item is put into the very first box. With the following simple guide, moving interstate still won’t be entirely easy, but perhaps some of the panic can be kept at bay.

1. Plan it Out

To begin, write out a list of things to consider, including how long it will take for certain projects, such as packing, to be completed, whether professional help is required, how many services, such as telephone or cable, will be affected by the move, and anything else that may need attention before a single box is packed.

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2. Start Early

Be sure to begin the moving process a couple of months before the move actually happens. Pack unneeded items first, such as seasonal clothing. Sell or give away things that are no longer wanted. Within a week of the actual move, give out the new address to service providers, financial institutions, and all others who may need it. Pack daily items, like cookware and clothing, last.

3. Organize the New Home

Any renovations, whether a bit of painting, or a whole room upgrade, should be completed before any items are moved in. Also, be sure to clean the entire home before moving, because there is no guarantee the previous owners will have done so.

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4. Organize Packing

Rather than tossing things randomly into boxes, keep items from each room together. Label the boxes according to rooms, what they contain, if they are fragile or heavy, and the owner’s name and new address. Be sure they are properly sealed, to minimize loss.

5. Use What’s Available

Anything can be used to pack with, including suitcases, duffel bags, backpacks, large containers with lids, laundry baskets, or even clean, and empty trash cans. Tie dressers drawers in place with clothing still inside. Clothes on hangers can be wrapped in trash bags for easy moving.

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6. Smart Packing for Fragile Items

Instead of bubble wrap or packing peanuts, use cloths, towels, clothing, or anything else soft to wrap glass and other breakables. Newspaper can also be used when the fabric wrappings are all used up. Put plates beside rather than on top of each other, to prevent breakage.

7. Moving Furniture and Electronics

If possible, disassemble any larger items, such as shelves and desks, to minimize space when moving furniture. Take photos of how plugs connect to any electronics, for easy reassembly. For each piece of equipment, put all cords and accessories together in a plastic bag, and label the item it belongs to, to limit confusion later.

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8. Moving Liquids and Other Questionable Items

For cleaners, shampoos, hairsprays, or other liquids, the best thing to do is to put plastic wrap under the lids, to keep leakage to a minimum. For powders, such as cosmetics, put a cotton ball or two between it and the lid, so it will remain unbroken.

9. Ask for Help

This can mean recruiting friends and family for packing and moving items to the new home. If a professional is needed, research movers in the area to be sure they will be trustworthy, and will protect the items they are responsible for. Cost comparisons and customer references are both equally important when deciding who to hire.

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10. Emergency Locksmith

It is also a good idea to keep the contact information of a local emergency locksmith close at hand. If keys are lost or locked in the car, this info can save time and minimize panic, as most can be on site within a half hour. Do not attempt to break windows to get inside the vehicle unless it is an emergency, and there is a child or pet locked inside.

11. Keep Anything Important Nearby

Documents like passports, bank books, or birth certificates should be kept close at all times. The same goes for jewelry, laptops, medication, toiletries, or chargers for any devices, because some of these items are valuable, and others because they may be needed before the move is over.

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A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

1. Camping

A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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2. Staycation

You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

3. Island Getaway

People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

4. Fancy Resort

Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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5. Road Trip

The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination.  If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours.  Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure.  You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.

6. Charter a Boat

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8. Themed Retreats

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Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events.  Find one you’re interested in.  If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals.  Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into.  If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.

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