Summertime is prime time for moving, whether you’re moving into an apartment, a house, or a dorm room. Summertime can also get hot and humid, and moving can be hard on your body in that kind of weather! We want to share some tips to help you stay cool during your summer move.
Obviously, you know that you need to hydrate, but we really can’t underscore this one enough. This is true not only of moving day, but when you’re packing, cleaning your old house, and unpacking in the new place. All that moving around is going to heat up your body even more than usual.
A good plan for moving day? If you can, go to the new place early and load up the fridge and freezer with water, electrolyte beverages, and ice. If you have a longer trip, consider a cooler that you can use while loading up, then refill so that you have cold beverages when you get to your destination.
Sometimes it feels better to just push through, but especially if you start feeling headachey or nauseated, take that as a sign that you need to step back and cool off. When you know you’re going to be doing work in hot weather, like loading a truck or packing up a hot and stuffy attic, plan a break ahead of time to take a cool shower.
When you’re carrying things and breaking a sweat, sunscreen can feel uncomfortable, but a sunburn is a good way to make the first few days in your new home a painful experience. Slather on the sunscreen, and remember to reapply regularly.
Don’t Forget To Eat
Hot weather makes some people have a lower appetite, but the fact is that packing burns a lot of calories! Don’t wait until you’re feeling lightheaded or hangry to get some food. Consider easy grab-and-go items that you can snack on. Bonus points for cold items that you can snag from the fridge, like frozen grapes or a cold veggie and charcuterie tray. Even better? After the move you can set out the spread to snack on as you relax.
Know the Signs of Heat Illness
Make sure you are aware of the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, and are prepared to help yourself or someone else. (Have that friend helping you who doesn’t know when to stop? You might have to step in and make them sit inside for a while.) Heat exhaustion can quickly turn into heat stroke, which can in turn be very dangerous.