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Moving Guide

Make Your Move Across the Country Fun

| Moving Tips | Gerry Clark

When you think of fun things to do, does interstate moving top your list?

Didn’t think so.

Going to a game. Attending a concert. Watching paint dry. Now these are things that easily beat out a move across the country for a good time. But at National Van Lines, we make moving easy. We also know how to make relocation fun (or at least a little bit “funner”) and—to quote Dr. Seuss—“fun is good.”

Fun formula

Figuring out the best ways to move across the country involves more than comparing moving quotes, purchasing supplies and choosing reputable and professional movers. It requires an optimistic outlook. A checklist for moving cross country should include a “B+” note. After all, ramping up to moving day can tax even the most resilient individuals’ patience.

We understand moving stress can get the better of anyone. The good news is that since National Van Lines has been doing this for 90 years, we’re well-equipped to offer expert advice on handling these situations. So joke around. Laugh frequently. Take the seriousness down a couple of notches. An upbeat attitude can prove contagious and make everyone’s moving experience fun.

Play that fun-ky music

Whistle while you work. Or, better yet, crank up the tunes. Route that iPod through some speakers and pull up some tracks the entire family likes. Even a radio tuned to the right mix can work wonders on everyone’s psyches. Pro movers arriving at your home for moving-out day probably will enjoy music pumping through the house to keep them pumped up, too.

Snack attack

You’ve gotta keep energized. When blood sugar drops, tempers often rise. Thwart that emotional teeter-totter by planning ahead with a meal plan that’ll make you smile on moving day. What’s everyone’s top soft drink? Is there a favorite restaurant you’ll especially miss once you’ve moved away? Get a big takeout meal from them. Plan to take food breaks at specific times that make sense. Involve the whole family in the decision-making process…and don’t forget about sharing with your professional long-distance movers. They get hungry and thirsty, too. Plus, taking a break from laboring can be restorative and…fun.

Bon-voyage bash

People often consider long-distance moving a bittersweet experience. Sure, you’re heading out on a new adventure in a new location. That’s exhilarating. At the same time, you and your family might feel a bit melancholy leaving a home you’ve enjoyed for years. Share your transitional experience with friends, relatives and neighbors with a night-before-moving-day party. It doesn’t have to be an outlandish celebration; just a get-together to celebrate the good times and put you in a fun frame of mind for the following day…and your new life.

Fort for fun

Once you arrive at your new home, plenty of cardboard will likely surround you. Don’t “box” in children’s enthusiasm. Unpack their energy by encouraging the kids to build an empty-box fort. They’ll have loads of fun and you can focus on unpacking while they’re turning those boxes into a citadel.

Got a fun idea we’ve overlooked? Contact National Van Lines and we’ll be happy to share it. (By the way, we were kidding about that paint-drying thing.)

At National Van Lines, we make long-distance moving easy (and fun). As a national moving company, we’ve been helping families enjoy moving their memories for 90 years. Contact us online or call 877.590.2810 for answers to your questions—plus a FREE moving quote.

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