The sun is beating down, the humidity is rising. All you want to do is jump in the pool and stay there—but you can’t; it’s moving day. Packing and moving during a heat wave can present a number of challenges. From sunburns to heat exhaustion to the sinking feeling that all of your friends are at the beach while you’re loading boxes into a truck, it isn’t easy. Not only is summer an expensive time to move, it’s a physically taxing time to move as well.
If it’s creeping up into the 90’s and it’s time to pack and hit the road, here’s how to survive moving during a heat wave:
Get EZ Drive-Thru Storage
Imagine unloading your items in an air-conditioned, shaded building. It’s possible with EZ Drive-Thru storage. If you’re using a storage unit to help make your move easier, rent one at an All Storage facility that offers this unique amenity. You’ll be able to drive inside the building, park outside of your storage unit and unload or load your stuff without suffering in the harsh sunshine. At All Storage, we pioneered this game-changing self storage model to make moving and storing sweat and sunburn free in the summertime.
Wear Loose, Light-Colored Clothing
Even if you do use EZ Drive-Thru storage, you will have to be outside at some point on your move. Until we figure out how to extend our indoor storage facilities to your driveway, it’s important to take precautions when moving on a hot day. Start with what you wear. Go for loose, light-colored clothing. Wearing long pants and long sleeves may seem counterintuitive on a hot day, but if you keep the fabric loose and lightweight, it will protect you from the sun without making you feel unnecessarily hot.
Drink Water and Sports Drinks
Have water with you at all times, and make a point to sip it all day. Ideally, you’ll drink a gallon of water during the day of your move. Be sure to supplement with drinks that will replenish your electrolytes, such as Gatorade. Have plenty of salty snacks too.
Take It Easy
Of course you want to get your move over with—who doesn’t? If you’re moving on a hot day, however, fight the urge to rush. Take it slow. Plan on taking breaks somewhere shaded. Check in on your friends/family members who are helping you move to see if anyone needs water or a snack. Reapply sunscreen throughout the day and don’t hesitate to spend a few extra minutes in your air conditioned vehicle before going outside.
Be Prepared for an Emergency
If you’re moving long distance or even just a few towns over, have you vehicle stocked with the necessary supplies to keep you safe in the event of an accident or breakdown. Put a few gallons of water in the trunk along with snacks and check your vehicle before driving, making sure your spare tire and tools are in good condition. Perhaps most importantly, make sure your air conditioning works well.
Avoid Heat Exhaustion
There’s a big difference between being a little hot during a move and suffering from heat exhaustion. The latter can land you in the hospital, but it can be prevented if you know the signs. If you or someone that you are with feels cramps, dizziness, racing heart rate, nausea or a headache, it’s time to get to a cool place, sit down and have fluids and snacks. Avoiding these warning signs can lead to severe heat exhaustion or even heatstroke, which causes hallucinations, trouble breathing, fainting and possible death. No move is worth that risk, no matter how awesome your new apartment is. If you’re sensitive to extreme temperatures and a heat wave is coming on, reschedule. You’ll be glad you did.