How To Deal With Heat On Moving Day
Did you know that 70% of all home owners who move do so during summer? This is because schools are on holiday, days are longer, the weather is good and there is less traffic. However, with summer comes extreme heat and humidity that can really make the moving process much harder. On top of the normal sweating that comes with moving heavy items from the house to the truck, you can also experience excess thirst, sunburns, dizziness, headache, irritability, nausea and even fainting in extreme conditions. Here are some tips on how to deal with the heat during a move;
Start at the crack of dawn
Do whatever you can to ensure the truck arrives at your place as early as possible even if it means coming at night. The move should start early in the morning before the heat starts to crank up. Ideally you should have packed all your stuff at night so all you have to do in the morning is load them into the truck. Start the journey early so you can avoid being in the truck in the afternoon.
Drink plenty of fluids
Even if you have already turned off the refrigerator, you can have some coolers to store water and other cold drinks to take during the day. Staying hydrated will keep eventualities like fainting, dizziness and headaches from happening. Make sure you have enough for your family and the movers helping you. You can take some when loading the truck and others when travelling to the new place.
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Summer is not the time to dress in black heavy clothes. Make sure you are wearing light and loose fitting clothes that will allow you to sweat freely. However, you should avoid exposing your skin too much because of the sun-rays. Be prepared with a hat, sunscreen and some light sneakers because there will be a lot of moving around.
Have cold towels
The one thing that you can be sure of when moving in heat is that people will sweat a lot and feel extremely hot. Cold towels can remedy the overheating while wiping away the sweat for the time being. Prepare a cooler with some ice and place the towels there for the movers and yourselves.
Consider the heat when packing
When you are loading the truck, remember that not all items can withstand the heat. Things like electronics, perishable foods and bottled chemicals can be damaged by heat or cause a real mess. If they must be packed in the truck, makes sure they go in last and come out first. However, the best thing to do is take them in your car because of the open windows and air conditioning.
Cool the house
While it’s possible that you have already turned off the utilities, you can have some portable fans to keep the house cool in the meantime. Be sure to have the new house cooled off before you get there as well.
Moving during the hot season is pretty complicated so you must prepare well in advance. It’s also good to be aware of overheating symptoms so you can spot them on yourself, family members and even movers before they faint.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
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